November 09, 2006

Makino defines micro-machining and discusses Makino's technology in this area. In this presentation, Makino references a real-world case study and makes comparisons between milling and EDM, and discusses micro-milling supporting technologies. Makino shows how to hold tolerances to microns and achieve surface finishes that do not require polishing, allowing parts to release cleanly from a mold. The importance of a stable machine tool is emphasized, as is the right type of tool holding, programming, cutter technologies, and tool-length measurement. A real-world micro mold is discussed at length, demonstrating the programming and machine accuracy necessary to effectively micro-mill.

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