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Sensofar Medical has developed the Q six, a system for assisted stent inspection designed to simplify and streamline stent assessment and approval. Inspection and quality control of stents is carried out manually by skilled operators with the assistance of conventional optical magnification tools; a process which constitutes the highest cost and is arguably the main bottleneck in stent manufacturing.

In order to develop designs for his mechanical suturing device, engineer Alex Berry developed the Form 1+ 3D printer, a high-resolution rapid prototyping tool. Rather than sending 3D models to service bureaus to be printed and waiting two weeks before being able to move forward, he could validate precision and fit within three hours.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.