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Needles almost too small to be seen with the unaided eye could be the basis for new treatment options for two of the world’s leading eye diseases: glaucoma and corneal neovascularization. Ranging in length from 400µm to 700µm, the microneedles could provide a new way to deliver drugs to specific areas within the eye relevant to these diseases.

Tiny, thin microtubes could provide a scaffold for neuron cultures to grow so that researchers can study neural networks, their growth and repair, yielding insights into treatment for degenerative neurological conditions or restoring nerve connections after injury.

Linear motion control manufacturer Isotech Inc., Hatfield, Pa., offers a range of mechanical nanopositioners. According to the company, the NanoMover, MicnoMover and MicnoMover Mini feature a translation stage with resolution in the nanometer range, has a frictionless flexure guiding system with motion amplification, and completely eliminates pitch, yaw and roll.

The SMZ1270i Zoom stereomicroscope from Nikon Metrology Inc. offers clear, bright images with reduced chromatic aberrations throughout the range of its 12.7x zoom ratio, according to the company. In combination with the newly-developed “Plan Apo WF” and “ED plan WF” objectives, the SMZ1270i offers a wide and uniformly bright viewfield even at low magnifications.

Precision Inc. has designed, manufactured and marketed magnetic components used in applications serving the medical, telecommunications, electronic instrumentation, industrial controls, HVAC, renewable energy and avionics/aerospace/defense markets for over 40 years. Its line of magnetic components ranges from 58-gauge micro windings to 1,000 kVA solar line reactors. The Minneapolis-based company offers design consulting, advanced technology, customer service and manufacturing capacity through its their global operations.

A new micromachining laboratory was opened the week of Nov. 10 at the Imperial College London. A The ceremony for the new Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Micro-Machining Facility for Medical Robotics was led by Professor Alice Gast, president of Imperial College London, and Dr. Lesley Thompson, director of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

OSG Tap & Die Inc., Glendale Heights, Ill., will open a new regional service center in Forest Park, Ga., on Dec. 1. The 21,198-sq.-ft. facility will stock a complete line of OSG cutting tools including taps, end mills, drills and indexables, as well as other products including thread gages and toolholders. OSG expects to create at least 10 new warehouse and customer service positions with this expansion.

Aeroprobe Corporation’s Micro Air Data Computer 2.0 (µADC V2.0) adds new features to the smallest and most accurate complete air data computer on the market, according to the company. In mid-November, Aeroprobe said it would be available soon.


Methods Machine Tools Inc., Sudbury, Mass., introduces the YASDA YMC 430 V. II, a new micro machining center ideal for the precise manufacturing and high surface finishes required on small, complex features in components and dies/molds in industries like medical and semiconductor, according to the company. The machine features linear motor-driven controlled axes and a rigid machine structure. The machining center has a 40,000 RPM spindle and is available with 3- or 5-axis capabilities.

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