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Laserdyne’s new SmartPierce feature creates a clean pierce point that is the same diameter as the cut width, eliminating splatter of molten material around the pierce location. This makes for a consistent and smoother-appearing entry point, according to the company. Additional application features, such as slots, can be produced in a single pass without moving around the outside profile of the feature. This minimizes time producing the feature.

ERI America offers Showa Tool's Micron Chuck, a mechanical milling chuck with a higher level of accuracy than hydraulically operated chucks, combined with the compact design, rigidity and high clamping power of a mechanical chuck, according to the company. By using a ball screw design, the Micron Chuck eliminates maintenance issues commonly associated with the needle rollers used in milling chucks, which are subject to contamination.

Fielding Manufacturing, Cranston, R.I, has unveiled a new marketing "spokesperson" for the Micro Die-Casting segment of its business. Mr. Micro was created specifically to convey Fielding’s message of precision capability and technical commitment to the growing demand for micro-featured zinc castings, according to the company.

SEMulator3D thumbCoventor Inc., which offers virtual fabrication solutions for semiconductor devices and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), has opened an office near Hsinchu Science Park in Taiwan to better serve its growing Taiwan customer base.

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Sandia National Lab thumbWhen it comes to accelerated age testing, results are often unsatisfying, particularly when it comes to understanding the effects of radiation on electronics. For those whose job it is to ensure safe and reliable stewardship of nuclear weapons, accurate aging data is critical. 

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micro gear thumbA Sumitomo SE30DUZ direct-drive machine will be used to mold a 0.524-gram microgear for a new cataract surgery device developed by Eye Care and Cure, Tucson, Ariz. The gear is used to rotate the surgical blade in the device.

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nano bible thumbAn Israeli company has produced what is ar-guably the world’s smallest New Testament. The nanobibles, which come on a chip measuring less than 5mm × 5mm, were developed by the Jerusa-lem Nano Bible Co. and are intended to be worn as jewelry.

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zano drone thumbAt the Consumer Electronics show, held this past January in Las Vegas, there were more than a few drones, or UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), on display. By all accounts, the convention center was abuzz with drones.

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ultrathin heaterPelonis Technologies Inc. offers ultrathin, flexible heaters. Less than 0.22mm thick and weighing 0.04g per square centimeter, the flexible heaters are used in defense electronics, aircraft, portable medical instruments, laboratory research, optical and photographic equipment, LCD displays, computer equipment, high-density electronic devices and automotive applications.

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A new report, "Laser Processing Market by Application and Global Forecast to 2020," offers laser processing market analysis. It covers applications, such as laser cutting, drilling and marking; laser type, such as gas, solid and fiber; and laser machine configuration, such as moving, and fixed beam. It also covers the industries that purchase lasers.