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Precision Inc. is a Minneapolis designer and manufacturer of custom magnetic components and assemblies for the electronics industry. 


The P-763 XY nanopositioning stage from PI is a compact flexure-guided stage with a footprint of less than 3"×3" while providing a 30mm × 30mm aperture.



Honeywell Inc. offers a line of subminiature pressure transducers to measure pressure ranges from 10 psig to 3,000 psig and 100 psi up to 20,000 psi, depending on the model. All models feature a compact, flush-mount, low-profile design and flush diaphragm that enable the transducers to fit into small spaces with tight clearances. In addition to the standard models, custom transducers can be ordered.



Absolute Machine Tools Inc., Lorain, Ohio, demonstrated the Nexturn SA-32P, Swiss-style machine at its April 9 “Discovery Day” Event at its facility in Elgin, Ill. The machine cut a 1"-dia. spherical fitting, with multiple small part features,  machined from 1144 Stressproof Bearing Steel, polished and ground. 



As technology grows, components get smaller, and the components made by SDP/SI of New Hyde Park, N.Y., and used in industrial, aerospace and medical applications are no exception.



Metalliferous, a Mt. Vernon, N.Y., supplier of metal, tools and other supplies, offers a brass basket with stainless steel mesh.


The Tribos-Mini HSK-E 20 polygonal toolholder is a standardized toolholder for micromachining with the HSK-E 20 spindle interface from Schunk. The HSK-E 20 interface helps improve positioning accuracy and increase process reliability, according to the company. The narrow tolerances of the tapered seat ensure maximum precision at high rotation speeds, the company added.


Ametek Inc. has acquired all of the outstanding shares of Zygo Corp., a Middlefield, Conn., provider of optical metrology systems. The deal was estimated at approximately $280 million. In 2013, Zygo had sales of approximately $162 million.


Frank Hermance, Ametek chairman and CEO., said that Zygo‘s non-contact optical metrology equipment complements the Berwyn, Pa.-based company‘s line of contact metrology devices and provides its customers with a full range of equipment.

Posted 4-14-2014

Need to write G-code for microscale parts? Good luck. Nobody teaches programming at the microscale. Not technical schools, not machine tool builders. Programming microparts is one of the toughest chores in the CAD/CAM office, primarily because much of the task of creating toolpaths for microparts is a guessing game.


One might think the biggest challenge in micropart handling is picking up the components. As it turns out, letting them go might be even more difficult.