In late October, Microfabrica announced it had signed an
exclusive sales and marketing agreement with Johnson Mat- they Medical (West Chester, PA), a supplier of specialty and precious metal machined parts, tubing, wire and Nitinol to the medical device industry.
“Our sweet spot is in the sub-millimeter scale,” Miller
said. “Based on the semiconductor manufacturing aspects of our process, we can achieve extremely tight tolerances, ±2 µm, for these devices. Te minimum feature size that we can create is 20 µm.”
“You can’t make it if you can’t measure it. At this level of small, that is even more important.”
Te Johnson Matthey deal enables Johnson Matthey to
introduce its customer base to the MICA Freeform technol- ogy. “It literally extends their capabilities to an entirely new scale, allowing their customers to march further down the path to miniaturization.
Low-Friction Microsurfacing Technology Another key trend in micro manufacturing is reducing
cost by creating surface microstructures on low-cost materials that give them the performance of a high-cost material, said Andrew H. Cannon, R&D manager, Hoowaki LLC (Pend-
The iQ300 VMC offers precision micro machining with Makino’s patented core cooling, under-race and jacket spindle temperature control system that eliminates thermal growth, deflection or vibration during high-speed machining.