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All Micro / Nano Articles

Tech Front - New Carbon Nanotubes Outperform Copper as Electrical Conductors



Patrick Waurzyniak, Senior Editor and Ellen Kehoe, Senior Editor

4/1/2014

Carbon nanotube-based fibers created at Rice University (Houston) show that on a pound-per-pound basis, the nanotube fibers have more capacity to conduct electrical current than copper. Although individual nanotubes can transmit nearly 1000 times more current than copper, the same tubes coalesced into a fiber using other technologies fail long before reaching that capacity. Full Article

Tech Front: Nanotube Soldering Process Creates Tiny Electrical Pathways



Edited by Senior Editors Patrick Waurzyniak and Ellen Kehoe

2/1/2014

Scientists at the University of Illinois (Champaign, IL) have devised a way to heal gaps in tiny wires too small for the smallest soldering iron. A research team, led by electrical and computer engineering professor Joseph Lyding and graduate student Jae Won Do, has published its results in the journal Nano Letters. Full Article

Tech Front: Carbyne Chains Hold Promise for Creating Stronger Nanomaterials



Edited by Senior Editors Patrick Waurzyniak and Ellen Kehoe

1/1/2014

Carbyne may turn out to be the strongest of a new class of microscopic materials ever, if scientists can determine an effective way to produce it in bulk. Researchers at Rice University (Houston) have studied carbyne nanorods or nanoropes that could have a host of remarkable and useful properties, which are described by Rice University theoretical physicist Boris Yakobson and his group in a paper published in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Nano. Full Article

Scaling Down Waterjets to the Micro Level



Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak

11/1/2013

Shrinking an abrasive waterjet machine down to work at micro sizes is no small task. Adapting abrasive waterjets for micromachining requires greatly reducing the size of the waterjet nozzles and mixing tubes that carry smaller garnet abrasives through the waterjet’s high-pressure cutting tool delivery system. Full Article

Nano Molding and Tooling



Peter Szewczyk, Project Engineer, Dynomax Inc.

10/30/2013

The growing need for nano and micro components in the medical industries is challenging manufacturers to continually improve upon their manufacturing processes and take a scientific approach to injection molding and tooling. Micro and nano products pose significant engineering and manufacturing challenges from the standpoint of tool design, production, and processing to ultimately achieve a quality part ready for end use. Full Article

Small Victory at Makino



Michael C. Anderson Senior Editor

9/17/2013

The company’s Micromachining Conference and Technology Expo—both held at their Auburn Hills, MI, tech center last week, show the cutting—and burning—edges of micro manufacturing. Full Article

Micro-Molding Thin-Walled Devices



Donna Bibber, President and CEO, Micro Engineering Solutions

5/1/2013


Micro machining of micro molds nowenable thin-walled micro injection molding in thermoplastic, silicone, and metal Full Article

MicroManufacturing: A Technology Full of Surprises



Lauralyn McDaniel, Industry Manager--Medical, Manager, Innovation Watch, MicroManufacturing, Medical Manufacturing Innovations, SME

4/11/2013

Micromanufacturing continues to amaze me. As the event manager for SME’s MicroManufacturing Conference, I have worked with professionals in the field for more than 10 years, yet each year, I am surprised at the latest use of micro technologies. Full Article

Micro Manufacturing Keeps Shrinking the Envelope



Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak

1/1/2013

Micro components continue to shrink in size, demanding ever-greater precision and improved handling of parts with sub-micron-sized features. New approaches in micro machining technology include higher-precision systems from traditional micro machining developers, as well as techniques using additive manufacturing processes and semiconductor wafer-scale technology on the smallest of micro parts.

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Injecting Innovation



John MacGregor, President, AA-EDM

9/1/2012

There are different forms of electric discharge machining (EDM), but all basically work in the same manner. EDM works by eroding material in the path of electrical discharges that form "a conduction channel" between an electrode tool and a workpiece.   Full Article

Problems Solved: Micro Molding for Medical



Tom Filippo, General Manager, Dynomax, & Megan Krizman, Buyer, Dynomax

5/1/2012

Challenges (both large and small) arise in the manufacturing industry every day. The nature of the industry is problem-solving, and Dynomax Inc., founded in 1986 by CEO Richard Zic and headquartered in the Chicago land area, has battled and conquered its fair share of challenges. The company serves the medical, aerospace/defense, transportation, and energy industries. Full Article

Small Parts, Smaller Features



Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

4/1/2012

The emergence of micro-cutting tools for industrial applications is a more recent evolution of a class of cutting tools that trace their popularity back more than a half century to use for drilling printed circuit (PC) boards. End mills and, more recently, thread mills have expanded the traditional reach of micro-cutting tools in dental, medical, and aerospace applications. Full Article

The Exciting New Future of Aerospace



Contributing Editor Joyce Laird

3/1/2012

New developments in materials and design will have a major impact not just on fuel efficiency of future aircrafts but also on how aerospace components will be manufactured in the future. "What we are seeing today is a jump in jet aircraft efficiency of 15-20%, with the very real possibility of 25–30% improvement in the near future," said Scott Thompson, US Aerospace & Defense Leader, PwC Industrial Products Practice. Full Article

SME Speaks: Mission: Growth at SME



SME Director of Membership Joseph J. LaRussa

3/1/2012

Growth is many things. It’s a business objective, a sign of health, a personal goal, and a measure of satisfaction. SME and its members consider growth to be all of these, and together we’re achieving it. Considering growth as a business objective, SME membership grew by 4% in 2011. More than 6700 new members joined the Society in 2011, demonstrating that our value promise to our members is strong and compelling. Full Article

Envision: An Innovative New Era of Manufacturing



Ahmed Busnaina, W. L. Smith Professor and Director, Northeastern University

2/1/2012

Nanomaterials based nanomanufacturing involves adding materials selectively such that no material removal is needed.  Full Article

Quality Scan: Ultra-Precision Micromachining Meets Optical Metrology



John Bradford, Micromachining Team Leader, Makino Inc.

1/1/2012

Micromachining has gained a lot of attention over the last several years, representing an area of growth particularly for North American manufacturers. While some more simplistic applications have been sent overseas, the micromanufacturing industry faces a greater level of complexity that many companies are unwilling to outsource. Full Article

Designing and Manufacturing Medical Devices with Antimicrobial Technology



Arif Sirinterlikci, Samantha Pogel, Justin Wissinger School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science Robert Morris University

1/1/2012

A new breed of medical devices is being equipped with antimicrobial technology to prevent microbial contamination and infections. In the US alone, about 1.7 million cases of infections occur annually, causing approximately 99,000 deaths and $45 billion in added healthcare costs reported by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and various other resources.        Full Article

The Smaller, The Better



Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

5/1/2008

In search of turning and milling solutions for the micro world      Full Article

Micromanufacturing: The New frontier



Senior Editor Robert Aronson

5/1/2007

The old manufacturing rules don't apply in the microworld Full Article

Is Going Micro Worth the Effort?



Donna Bibber, President, Micro Engineering Solutions

12/1/2006

Micro is a common buzzword, but is it really a growing industry and should you consider becoming a part of it? In this article, an expert explains the potential profits and pitfalls along with the hardware needed to carry out this unique form of manufacturing. Full Article

US Manufacturers Gain an Edge



Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

10/1/2006

Micro parts are produced with Charmilles' MicroTEC 350µ technology, which fine tunes power settings to the intricate details of the very small electrodes that are required. It's not a stretch to say that wire and sinker EDM technologies are cutting faster and putting a finer finish on products that are smaller, more delicate, and more complex than ever before. Full Article

Measuring Micro Parts



Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

11/1/2005

When it comes to inspecting and measuring the very smallest parts, there are limits that are being pushed back by developments in sensor technology. Parts for critical applications in the automotive, aerospace, medical, and electronics industries are getting smaller, and have more complicated features that can prove elusive to the best sensing efforts of traditional measuring technologies.  Full Article

Micromanufacturing is Growing



Senior Editor Robert B. Aronson

4/1/2004

Many industries have been making parts with micron dimensions for some time, but in the last few years, the market for miniaturization has expanded. The demand is not only for small parts, but also for small complex features on larger parts. This is due chiefly to the switch to modules in which the functions of several parts or subsystems are not handled by a single complex unit.  Full Article

The New World of Micromanufacturing



Senior Editor Robert B. Aronson

4/1/2003

Making very small parts is a new, but growing industry. It's so new that even the definitions vary considerably. The two terms most often heard are "nano" and "micro." A nanometer is one billionth of a meter and a micrometer is one millionth of a meter. Full Article



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