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In this brief video tutorial, Chris Spadaccini, an engineer with the Industrial Partnerships Office at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif., discusses cutting edge micromanufacturing techniques being developed as well as the novel engineered materials the techniques enable.

Robotics researchers from Sandia National Laboratories have developed a small, three-axis sensor that helps monitor fit and movement of prosthetic legs for amputees.

A new process called SmartCleave FI by laser manufacturer Rofin, Plymouth, Mich., utilizes an ultrashort-pulse laser with dedicated properties. The base technology is IP-protected and uses laser filamentation to separate brittle and transparent materials in a high-speed, debris-free, quasi zero-gap process. SmartCleave allows cutting arbitrary shapes, including small radii, in a single pass without taper. The resulting surface finish is basically free of chipping, according to the company.

The Future Interfaces Group at Carnegie Mellon University presents “Skin Buttons,” tiny laser projectors integrated into a smartwatch to render icons on the user’s skin. These icons can be made touch sensitive, significantly expanding the interactive region without increasing device size. We show a proof-of-concept device and demonstrate example applications.

Piccolo is a low-cost kitset device that uses servos to create a mechanism for tinkering with or developing for basic 2D or 3D CNC output. 

Tim Holcomb, an applications specialist with OMAX Corp., provides a brief overview and demonstration of the company’s new MicroMAX Abrasive Waterjet machine during IMTS 2014.

The editors of MICROmanufacturing magazine have compiled a series of videos focusing on various automated assembly aspects.

Kennametal Inc.'s GOdrillTM addresses drilling operations in a diameter range of 0.0394" to 0.5" in a broad variety of materials and applications, including the production of fuel systems or medical components.

Researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin say they have built the smallest, fastest and longest-running tiny synthetic motor to date. The team’s nanomotor is a step toward developing miniature machines that could one day move through the body to administer insulin for diabetics when needed, or target and treat cancer cells without harming good cells, the researchers said.

Precitech and Vision Research, both business units owned by Keene, N.H.-based Ametek Inc., have partnered with Levicron, a German manufacturer of air-bearing spindles, to create a slow-motion video of ultra precision milling.