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The Industrial Diamond Association of America will hold its annual Intertech conference May 19-20 at the Marriot Downtown in Indianapolis. Diamond and cubic boron nitride (cBN) are having a major impact on the manufacturing landscape as mesh crystals, polycrystallines, nanodiamonds and CVD materials continue making inroads across several industries, according to the association.

The Nanoform 700 Ultra from turning, milling and grinding manufacturer Precitech Inc., Keene, N.H., offers the flexibility of a large frame lathe and the quality of a small frame lathe, according to the company. With a surface finish spec of 1nm Ra, a 700mm swing and optional 170kg load capacity, the Nanoform 700 Ultra produces optical lenses, optical mold inserts, mirrors and mechanical components.

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge (Tenn.) National Laboratory have used advanced microscopy to carve out nanoscale designs on the surface of a new class of ionic polymer materials, according to a new study. The study provides new evidence that atomic force microscopy (AFM) could be used to precisely fabricate materials needed for increasingly smaller devices.

Mikron Corp. Monroe, based in Monroe, Conn., has added a new product family to its line of cutting tools. Tapping and threading tools from the DC Swiss company are now available directly from inventory at Mikron Corp. DC Swiss has been selected due to its specialized knowledge and decades-long experience in threading technology, according to Mikron.

Measurement device manufacturer Lumetrics, Rochester, N.Y., has introduced the newest line of OptiGauge thickness measurement machines. OptiGauge operates on the principle of interferometry, the interaction of reflected light from materials with slightly different indices of refraction. By detecting the slight changes between layers or materials, OptiGauge can quickly and accurately measure the changes between boundaries and generate measurement results with an accuracy of 0.000004", according to the company.

Miyachi America Corp., Monrovia, Calif., a manufacturer of welding, marking, cutting and micromachining equipment, donated an LMF2000 fiber laser marker along with related safety equipment to Workshops for Warriors (WFW), a nonprofit organization that provides vocational training to returning, wounded and disabled veterans of the U.S. Armed Services.

ALBA Enterprises LLC, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., has appointed injection molding and mold design expert Antonio De Longhi to be the firm’s chief technology officer.

Laser micromachining equipment manufacturer Resonetics, Nashua, N.H., will open a new manufacturing site in San Diego in the first quarter of 2015. The 9,000-sq.-ft. facility will offer an array of laser processing technologies, a class 8 clean room and 24/5 operations.

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart, Germany, have constructed swimming bodies that are small enough to be used in bodily fluids or even individual cells and able to navigate through complex biological fluids.

With an exponential number of electronic products already distracting consumers, a February news item that researchers had developed a battery the size of a grain of rice didn’t generate much more than a tingle of excitement.

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