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With the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT), flexible high-performance nanoscale electronics are needed. At the moment, FinFET is the most advanced transistor architecture used in state-of-the-art microprocessors, according to researchers at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia.



Researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have designed a 3D-printable microscope for mobile devices that is made from pennies worth of plastic and glass materials.


Harvey Tool has launched its Fall 2014 Catalog that features more than 1,200 new tools, including new Holemaking Solutions, new variable helix end mills and miniature end mills. The introductions include tools that were once specials and are now standards and are available in expanded sizes, coatings and variations.


Michael J. Cleary, Ph.D., founder and president of PQ Systems Inc., Dayton, Ohio, and a professor emeritus at Wright State University in Dayton died suddenly on Sept. 10, 2014.


In 2012, University of Illinois researchers devised a walking bio-bot that was powered by the heart cells of rats. But heart cells, according to the researchers, are always on, and the researchers had little ability to control the bio-bots’ movements. To gain more control, the researchers developed new bio-bot machines that measure less than 1cm and are powered by muscle cells, which in turn are controlled by electrical impulses.

Portescap offers miniature motor technologies for a variety of end markets, including medical devices and various industrial applications. Its product technologies include brushless DC, brush DC, can-stack motors, disc magnet motors and stepper linear actuators to optimize performance.


As the semiconductor industry continues to research building components at the atomic scale, traditional production methods are no longer efficient, according to this video from Lam Research Corp. that detail breakthroughs in atomic layer deposition (ALD) and atomic layer etch (ALE) methods.

On Aug. 11, Hutchinson, Minn.-area businesses partnered with the local Economic Development Authority (EDA), the Southwest Initiative Foundation, and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development as part of a statewide initiative to promote Minnesota as a viable manufacturing area for businesses that are considering locations in the U.S. Dividing the state into eight regions, The Site Selector Familiarization Tour brought in site-selecting consultants to familiarize them with the assets and infrastructure that Minnesota has to offer international and domestic businesses.


A new program seeks to develop miniaturization and assembly methods that would work at scales 100,000 times smaller than current state-of-the-art technology.



If a micromachining application requires mechanical milling and ultrafast laser processing, multiple machines may not be necessary.  Microlution has developed the MLDS-5, a hybrid machine that combines precision micromilling and ultrafast laser processing on a single integrated platform.