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Shinola watchesShinola, a Detroit-based company,  wants to turn this former automobile city  into the watch making capital of America.

Often, micromanufacturers think first and foremost about machining microparts, but a simpler way for many parts is to simply bend them into the needed shape.

Deringer-Ney produces custom alloys at its facilities, as well as offers multiple other services to produce ultrasmall micromanufacturing components to tight tolerances using many alloys and manufacturing processes.

D.R. Templeman, Plainville, Conn., says its can manufacture springs with virtually any spring material, and make wire forms from virtually any metal. The company says it is well equipped to work with wire sizes ranging from 0.004" [0.1mm] to 0.080" [2.0mm].

Custom Wire Technologies, Port Washington, Wis., is a contract manufacturer of precision medical wire parts that are custom manufactured from fine wire or ultra fine wires.

Cool Clean Technologies, which manufactures CO2 precision cleaning systems, demonstrates its CleanFlex automated SmartSpray system in the video below. The programmable system reportedly cleans down to 0.3µm and can fit in any manufacturing process. It is programmable for selective cleaning and uses environmentally friendly CO2.

composite head tFormaplex Machining Manager Rob Slidel produced a detailed model head from a medium-density polyurethane material using one of Formaplex’s CMS Poseidon machining centers. The company has produced a time-lapse video to showcase its work.

Engineers at Stanford University have combined layers of flexible electronics and pressure sensors to create a wearable heart monitor thinner than a dollar bill, according to the university's YouTube channel.

Cyborg CockroachIf only exterminators could control cockroaches with the same precision demonstrated by North Carolina State University researchers who steer a Madagascar Hissing cockroach along an S-shaped line in the video below.

robo raven thumbResearchers from the University of Maryland have built a new micro air vehicle dubbed Robo Raven that's such a convincing flyer, it's been attacked by a local hawk during testing, according to the university. 

harvard insectbotHalf the size of a paper clip, weighing less than a tenth of a gram, an insect took flight at a Harvard robotics laboratory last year. It leapt a few inches, hovered for a moment on fragile, flapping wings, and then sped along a preset route through the air.

IBM Research, Armonk, N.Y., created what it calls “the world’s smallest movie” by moving actual atoms frame by frame. The video also shows how the IBM Reasearch team made the video.

NI campus tourTraveling to universities and colleges across the United States and Canada, the National Instruments LabVIEW Campus Tour showcases the latest technologies for educators, researchers and students.

With the BionicOpter, Festo has technically mastered the highly complex flight characteristics of the dragonfly, according to the company. Just like its model in nature, this ultralight flying object can fly in all directions, hover in mid-air and glide without beating its wings.

PSMPPhotoScribe Technologies offers this brief video demonstrating a complete turn-key marking solution that the company delivered to a customer for marking pharmaceutical tablets. The laser system is designed to mark on the fly as parts pass beneath the laser.

seco x4Seco Tools introduced its X4, a new multi-edged, tangential tool for grooving and parting off of small components.

mouse hat thumbA miniature fluorescence microscope originally developed at Stanford University and used for neuroscienctific research on mice in 2011, was able to record neurons firing simultaneously in bands of up to 30 neurons while the mice were moving. The neuron pattern—something never before observed because it only appears when mice are actively moving—is shown in the video below.

Roland DGA Corp. offers a series of benchtop milling machines designed for tasks ranging from SRP (subtractive rapid prototyping) to manufacturing dental prosthetics and jewelry.

Mcor Technologies Ltd. has introduced to the U.S. market an affordable, eco-friendly 3-D printer that fabricates objects from ordinary office paper. Called the IRIS, the printer can print 1 million-plus colors.

Metrigraphics tour thumbnailThough Metrigraphics LLC recently notched its 50th year in business, the Boston area company isn't dwelling on the past. In fact, in this video report company executives are looking to the future, seeking ISO 13485 certification in anticipation of new market demands and potential expansion.