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Voxel8 offers new functional materials with a 3D printing platform. Standard desktop 3D printers are constrained to printing thermoplastics or UV resins, according to the company; however, using Voxel8’s 3D printer, matrix materials such as thermoplastics and highly conductive silver inks can be printed, enabling customized electronic devices like quadcopters, electromagnets and fully functional 3D electromechanical assemblies.

XL Precision Technologies Ltd., West Chester, Pa., manufactures microparts for the medical sector. Through EDM and laser technology, XL provides instrument and implant components on a global basis, according to the company. XL can make complex-shaped components with overall dimensions of 2mm x 2mm x 1mm (0.0787" x 0.0787" x 0.0394") with standard tolerances down to 15µm. 

Advanced Powder Products Inc., Philipsburg, Pa., is a metal-injection molding shop that specializes in mass manufacturing microcomponents. According to the company, its process is capable of producing feature sizes in the 0.001" to 0.003" (0.025mm to 0.076mm) range. The process includes designing high-resolution, complex tooling. 


Microlap Technologies Inc., Rolla, N.D., specializes in producing finished products of nearly any size or configuration, according to the company. It offers design assistance, prototyping, cutting, grinding, drilling, lapping, polishing, inspecting and cleaning. Microlap also offers quality control services, including dimensional and surface finish inspections, Talyrond measurement capabilities, in-house calibration capabilities and measurement standards traceable to NIST in order to ensure product consistency

Swiss stamping and fineblanking shop Heinz Hänggi GmbH produces millions of stampings in series with dimensions of just a fraction of a millimeter. These microstamped parts are used in in the automotive industry for applications such as fuel injection systems and anti-blocking systems, which require extremely precise stamping technology, according to the company. Hänggi has developed the equipment and testing technology required to provide these parts to international markets.

Medical parts manufacturer Mendell, Lakeville, Minn., specializes in micromachining, from prototypes through high volume production quantities. According to the company, its Swiss-style and 4-axis wire EDM machines produce parts with tolerances of ± 0.0001", and can create the internal and external threads common on micromachined parts. Additionally, Mendell provides design for manufacturing (DFM) assistance if needed and creates 3D CAD/CAM models to ensure design accuracy.


New micro deep-hole drills from BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling’s Sphinx line are five times faster than sinker EDMing when creating wire EDM starter holes in high-strength alloyed tool steels, according to the company. The drills can create holes up to 80 times diameter. Achievable hole sizes range from 0.25mm to 1.50mm in diameter, in steps of 0.1mm. A centering/pilot hole 2 times diameter is recommended to begin the process, with the deep-hole drill following with a peck-cycle until the hole is completed.

Triag workholding systems by Advanced Machine & Engineering Co., Rockford, Ill., hold large to very small parts in high densities while allowing easy part change for fast retooling, according to the company. Triag’s clamping designs minimize interference so machine spindles have full access to workpieces, even in high-density applications.

Triag developed lightweight epoxy/mineral tombstones that have characteristics similar to cast iron but are as light as aluminum, according to the company.


Performance Micro Tool, Janesville, Wis., has introduced a new line of extended-reach endmills for deep-cavity milling. Extended reach mills are available in square and ball nose designs with reaches up to 10 times tool diameter. The new line also features tools with stub and standard cutting lengths, primary relief angles and TIR controlled to one-third of industry standards, according to the company.


George Ferrio, owner of Allentown, Pa.-based Micro Photonics Inc., a provider of X-ray microcomputer tomography instruments from Bruker, has taken a new role in the company as the CEO and CFO and will continue to head the Micro Photonics team.

Ferrio promoted Timothy Sledz to president and COO of the company. The company’s former general manager, Sledz will be responsible for adding product lines and streamlining the existing business, according to the company.