The O-Inspect 322 from Carl Zeiss IMT Corp. functions as a coordinate measuring machine, microscope, profile projector and contour measuring instrument. According to the company, the standard CAD-based, 3-D measurements, using contact and optical sensors, allow for a complete and accurate part picture, saving time with the need for only one part alignment. It is suitable for operating on the shop floor.
Synova USA’s Laser Micro Jet technology is for 5-axis micromachining photovoltaic cells and CBN, PCD and ceramic tooling, as well as specialty applications. The advantages of the technology are low consumable costs, low thermal loading of the parts, no part chipping and cracking, no heataffected zone, fast cutting rates when machining brittle and hard materials and fine surface finishes, according to the company.
PI (Physik Instrumente) LP’s P-763 XY precision piezo nanopositioning system features frictionless flexure joints and integrated motion amplifiers. Capacitive-position feedback sensors enhance stability, linearity and position repeatability in the nanometer realm, according to the company. PICMA piezodrives with all-ceramic insulation resist humidity in operating temperatures up to 80° C. The system is suitable for transmitted-light and sample handling and positioning applications.
Harvey Tool Co. LLC offers nearly 400 metric tools for machining aluminum, exotics and medium alloys. The new metric variablehelix tools are manufactured with tight tolerances and have large shank diameters for enhanced rigidity, according to the company. Standard tools are available as small as 0.2mm in diameter.
Hexagon Metrology Inc. says its factory-trained engineers perform onsite calibrations and certifications using the proper equipment, knowledge and technical support to keep equipment performing accurately and productively. The company is ISO 17025-certified to calibrate coordinate measuring machines, machining centers, boring mills, turning centers, rotary tables and surface plates.
The TRAUB TNL18 sliding- and fixed-headstock automatic lathe from INDEX Corp. has seven linear axes and an additional B-axis on the eight-position upper tool turret. With the additional B-axis, which can pivot 100°, complex parts and complicated contour elements that require additional operations, such as milling, drilling and threading, can be machined at any angular position.
Metrigraphics LLC provides complex microflex circuits and coils for use as sensors or as in-sensor devices. With features measuring from 5μm to 10μm and having up to six metal layers, the sensor circuits can form the basis of a biologic chemistry sensor, a device for sensing contaminants in fluids or for use in environmental and other specialty applications, including medical and homeland security.
Deli Laser Solutions Co. Ltd. specializes in laser micromachining hard, brittle materials, including ceramics, silicon, glass, quartz and sapphire. The company performs cutting, marking, dicing, etching, welding and drilling. Deli Laser Solutions reports that it can laser-drill 50μm holes with smooth sidewalls and no burrs in 1mm-thick materials.
Advanced Tool Inc. says its primary principle is to build every endmill specifically for the customer, enabling the lowest cost, longest tool life and best machining results. Its endmills are as small as 0.001" (25μm) in diameter.
Qioptiq Inc. says its new Optem Fusion lens system delivers enhanced versatility and streamlined integration for OEMs that require precision micro-imaging. A unique modular design offers easy modification of performance, form and function to meet specific parameters, according to the company. Change-out modules incorporate zoom optics, fine focus, objectives, right angles, filters, camera mounts, LED illumination and motorized functions.
Hiwin Corp. manufactures linear motion components and complete systems. The products include precision ground and rolled ballscrews, linear guide ways, electric actuators, ballscrew-driven stages, linear motors, rotary tables and servodrives, with many fully integrated, value-added features, the company says.
Tungsten Toolworks offers seven microendmill geometries in a virtually unlimited variety of diameters, lengths, end conditions and coatings, including diamond, based on customer input. The company can configure cutting diameters as small as 0.005" from fractional-inch or metric carbide blanks. The company also offers carbide drills, step drills, routers, reamers, tapered tools and other cutting tools.
FineLine Prototyping provides rapid prototyping services to the medical device industry. Specializing in high-accuracy, highresolution parts, the company operates 18 Viper HR stereolithography machines and offers high-resolution metal prototypes, microresolution parts, selective laser sintering and custom finishing.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT has unveiled its new “bd-2” sensor for thickness measurements. The system can accurately measure foils, rolled strips and other metallic semi-finished products with an accuracy of at least 100nm, within a measurement range of several millimeters, according to the company.
The GMauvaisUSA MICRO Drill Line from the Hassay Savage Co., Turners Falls, Mass., is now available in sizes from 0.1mm to 3mm with a complete program in both HSS-E 8 percent cobalt and 10 percent micro grain solid carbide.
Trotec Laser Inc.'s LWS 780 marking station is a turn-key laser system for industrial marking and labeling. Typical applications include component marking in machine construction and tool construction and in medical technology and electronics.
Phenom-World has launched its Element Identification (EID) software v3.0. With the Phenom proX desktop scanning electron microscope sample structures can be physically examined and their elemental composition determined, according to the company.