Micromachining is far from new, but the sheer volume of products and industries requiring micro-machined components is rapidly increasing. Complexity is growing while the sizes of components are shrinking. Micromachining is a niche within the machine shop industry that provides point on accuracy, short runs, condensed lead times and significant quick turn prototyping. One of the largest challenges in micromachining is finding cutting tools that can withstand high rpm’s, tolerate long cycles while holding precise repeatability.
Micromachining a.ka. Precision Manufacturing
Miniature, complex parts are much easier to make than they have been in the past. Industries that require micromachined parts are now partnering with a micro-manufacturing company with wide ranging equipment such as: micro machine centers, CNC mills, and multiple types of turning centers with multi axis capabilities. Industries such as medical, aerospace, automotive and semiconductor can slash their time to market while keeping up with the ever changing technical challenges they face. The differences now show increase in volume requiring micromachining, the engineered composite materials used that can hold up in extreme conditions and decrease in turn times. While many machine shops attempt to expand into micromachining, it takes years of experience working with the exotic materials to be able to deliver as expected.
What Challenges impact Micromachining?
here are many challenges that impact the of the micromachining process.Systems and equipment have been developed to accommodate the demands of the industry for more production capacity. These advancements in technology and equipment have made the micromachining process more affordable. The lathes and mills are smaller in size with the base and column cast from a proprietary granite co-polymer composite. These composites appear to offer higher vibration damping than traditional cast iron. It’s the demand for these micromachined short run items or prototype parts that is has driven growth of this industry sector. There will always be a demand for low-volume, quick turn runs, requiring a source for rapid prototyping requirements and pilot programs,. Companies will keep providing engineering services to help optimize customer’s designs for manufacturability and speed.
Citrogene: Micromachining Manufacturers
Citrogene, located in San Jose, California, is the leading engineer when it comes to micromachining and microfabrication, specifically when it comes to glass micromachining. Our team of micromachine experts are able to produce high precision micromachined products built to your specifications. Submit your micromachine device design and schedule a consultation to learn how Citrogene is the micromachining manufacturer you can count on.