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Bilz Tool Co. Inc., Lombard, Ill., offers a line of toolholders, attachments and accessories for tapping, reaming, drilling and other specialty tools. Bilz Tool also represents the Diebold GmbH & Company line of holders in the United States, including Diebold’s MicroDrill Chuck. The chuck is designed to machine small workpieces at high spindle speeds. In micro-production or for the medical industry, these toolholders make it possible to hold tool diameters from 0.2mm to 1.5mm or 1.5mm to 3mm with minimal runout. Due to its slim contour, the chucks are low-weight, according to the company.


Atom Precision of America offers a range of small-diameter drills, which equates to more than 6,000 items, according to the company’s Web site. Metric, micro, short and long drills are standard and drill sizes are provided by 0.01mm each up.


The ARNO-Mini-System (AMS) from Arno USA is a miniature, modular boring system with tools starting at a minimum diameter of 0.098" (2.5mm) with a maximum reach of 1.181" (30mm).



The permanent bonding market is evolving, currently dominated and fragmented by three permanent bonding equipment suppliers: EV Group (EVG), SUSS MicroTec and Tokyo Electron (TEL).



Wearable technology is the buzzword for 2014, according to a new report on the technology from market research firm Visiongain.





Leica Microsystems introduced enhanced versions of its Leica DM100 and Leica DM300 educational microscopes with achromat objectives and ISO approved plan achromat objectives. There is also a new open monocular tube and an improved optical correction for binocular tubes. 


Executives from 3D printing, fabrication labs and laser technology companies will participate in a Digital Fabrication Summit scheduled as part of opening ceremonies for the new Potomac Digital Fabrication Center at BWTech@UMBC in Baltimore. The event is scheduled for May 6, 2014, and is organized by Potomac Photonics Inc. in cooperation with the non-profit FabLab Hub.


An international group is researching carbon nanotubes filled with paraffin wax in a form similar to yarn in an effort to replace coal brushes or ball bearings in motors.


Researchers at Vanderbilt University have developed a steerable needle called the active cannula that can navigate through the brain to reach and remove fatal blood clots, leaving the surrounding tissue intact.


FlexiForce force sensors from Tekscan Inc. are ultra-thin and ultra-flexible printed circuits that can be embedded in OEM products to detect and measure force contacts, identify force thresholds and trigger appropriate actions, record relative changes in force or applied load, and detect contact and touch.