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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.


The Microlution MR-4 Micro Lathe combines gang style tooling flexibility and multi-axis, Swiss-style precision in a new hybrid machine. The MR-4 features open, modular gang tooling and four axes of motion, along with Microlution's signature stability and high-speed motion control. It combines this with the attributes of a Swiss-style lathe including multiple axes of motion and live tooling.




The Escatec Group provides integrated electronic and mechatronic design and manufacturing options to aid its customers in bringing new products to the market.


Weighing 18g and measuring less than 13 cu. cm in volume, the Gold Twitter servo drive delivers up to 4,000w of qualitative power, has ultra-high current of 50 amp/100v and features servo capabilities and support for EtherCAT and CANopen fieldbus communication standards. The servo drive from Elmo Motion Control, Petach Tikva, Israel, is compliant with international safety and EMC standards.

By attaching tiny sensors to a moth during its pupal stage in a cocoon, the stage in which the moth undergoes metamorphosis into its winged adult stage, North Carolina State University researchers developed methods for electronically manipulating the flight muscles of moths and for monitoring the electrical signals moths use to control those muscles. The researchers say that this research opens the door to the development of remotely controlled moths, or “biobots,” for use  as “first responders.”



GF Machining Solutions has opened a state-of-the-art facility in Southern California. This “Center of Competence” is part of a brand new, 106,000-sq.-ft. Georg Fischer campus in Irvine. 

Ultrasonic additive manufacturing (UAM) is a disruptive technology that its developer says will change the way manufacturers think about making metal parts.