Micromachining comprises a growing collection of manufacturing technologies that are being used to create micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and new microfluidic and micro-optic devices. Part of the award-winning Manufacturing Insights video series, this program presents case studies of companies and research institutions using various micromachining methods, including:
- EIGERlab, a facility supporting the development of miniaturized machine tools for high-accuracy, sub-millimeter micro-milling, cutting and drilling operations.
- Translume, where lasers and etching are used to create light- and fluid-transmitting micro-channels within glass.
- Integrated Sensing Systems, where semiconductor manufacturing techniques are used to produce fluid-handling components on silicon wafers.
- Microfabrica Inc., where complex, three-dimensional MEMS devices are built using a multi-layer technology inspired by rapid prototyping.