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A video tutorial from Ronald D. Schaeffer, Ph.D., the chief executive officer of PhotoMachining Inc.

Ametek captures slow-motion video during the creation of a brass lenslet using two industry-leading ultra-precision machining tools.

With a new extension set for its 3D printer, Nanoscribe, Eggenstein-LeopoldshafenGermany, offers a complete solution for microfabrication by combining hardware, software and polymer printing material components that are adapted to each other, according to the company.

FDM End-Use Parts Webinar thumbMICROmanufacturing magazine organized this webinar, titled "The Value of FDM End-Use Parts," in partnership with Stratasys, a manufacturer of 3D printing equipment and materials.

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New York-based Micromem Applied Sensor Technologies Inc. (MAST) offers an overview of its minitiarized Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) device based on its fluorescent nanoparticle detection technology and MEMS capabilities.

Scientists at the University of Rochester have used lasers to transform metals into extremely water repellent, or super-hydrophobic, materials without the need for temporary coatings.

Super-hydrophobic materials are desirable for a number of applications, such as rust prevention, anti-icing and sanitation. However, as U of R’s Chunlei Guo explained, most hydrophobic materials rely on chemical coatings.

By studying the movement and bodies of insects such as ants, Sarah Bergbreiter and her team build tiny, robust, mechanical versions of the creatures, and then they add rockets. Watch Bergbreiter's TED Talk, see their developments in micro-robotics and hear about three ways we might use these robots in the future.

The winner of the MEMS Executive Congress 2014 Technology Showcase, mCube’s 9-degrees-of-freedom iGyro features a software-based gyroscope that consumes a fifth of the power required by a conventional MEMS-based gyroscope.

The 4-axis StarCut Tube CNC laser cutter by Rofin is designed for fully-automated cutting of tube and sheet material, especially for medical instruments and implants like stents and other high-precision parts. Frequently, the system allows to combine numerous mechanical machining steps into a single laser processing routine, according to the company.

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.