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Smartphone and tablet use is soaring, fueling the growth of applications designed for them. If they haven’t already, it’s only a matter of time before these apps invade your manufacturing facility.

Feb. 10, 2011—Coventor, Cary, N.C., a supplier of design technology for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), and Imec, a nanoelectronics research center in Leuven, Belgium, have partnered to improve and expand the use of advanced design and manufacturing techniques for the development of CMOS-integrated MEMS.

Jan. 19, 2011—Cimatron Technologies Inc., Novi, Mich., has announced a partnership and distribution agreement authorizing Atometric Inc., Rockford, Ill., to bundle CimatronE micromilling software with its CNC micromachining centers.

The growing market for low-cost, portable systems with complex functionality has opened up important new avenues for miniaturization technology. Unlike surface-micromachined and monolithically fabricated MEMS devices of the past, newer microsystems have grown significantly in design complexity and material heterogeneity. To address these issues, alternative production technologies are being investigated.

Nov. 12, 2010—Coventor Inc., Cary, N.C., recently integrated its MEMS+IC Design software system for developing MEMS with Simulink from MathWorks to enable simulation of 3-D MEMS models in the popular system-level design tool.

Sept. 30, 2010—A newly announced partnership between software developers is aimed at combining proven virtual manufacturing capability with real production data to improve accuracy and efficiency in next-generation process development for semiconductor and MEMS manufacturers.

Top Videos

Feb. 18, 2011—This 46-minute Webinar presented by MICROmanufacturing magazine and Cimatron Technologies Inc., Novi, Mich., addresses the challenges toolmakers face as demand for micro components and products increases. The presentation, recorded live online Feb. 17, 2011, covers the use of new materials, special mold coatings, milling parts with 0.1mm dia. tools and sub-micron-level accuracy.

March 26, 2010—With toolmakers around the world looking for new ways to revive their businesses, the fast-growing micromilling segment offers potential new opportunities for moldmakers to enter a lucrative market niche and differentiate themselves from lower-wage competitors.

Top Products


eidPhenom-World has launched its Element Identification (EID) software v3.0. With the Phenom proX desktop scanning electron microscope sample structures can be physically examined and their elemental composition determined, according to the company.

Lumerical Solutions Inc.

Lumerical Solution has made available DEVICE, a simulation-software package for the design, analysis and optimization of silicon-based optoelectronic structures.

Magafor USA offers standard lines of carbide reamers in sizes from 0.0079” to 0.0234”, in .0002” increments (“micro”), and from 0.0236” up to 0.3760”, in 0.0004” increments (“mini”). Magafor, of France, teamed with Hassay-Savage 2001.

The small-format MICRO Laser System from Kern Electronics & Lasers Inc., Wadena, Minn. is a class IV, open-bed machine designed for laser micro-cutting and engraving. The turnkey system includes a vacuum blower, chiller (if required), honeycomb bed, computer, monitor and control software, as well as a choice of design software such as CorelDRAW, AutoCAD LT or Adobe Illustrator.

Cimatron Technologies Inc.—a leading provider of integrated CAD/CAM solutions for mold, tool and die makers, as well as manufacturers of discrete parts—has signed a partnership and distribution agreement with Microlution Inc., a builder of CNC machine tools designed for processing high-precision, microscale parts.