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Mini Mona LisaThe world’s most famous painting has now been created on the world’s smallest canvas. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have “painted” the Mona Lisa on a substrate surface approximately 30 microns in width – or one-third the width of a human hair. The team’s creation, the “Mini Lisa,” demonstrates a technique that could potentially be used to achieve nanomanufacturing of devices because the team was able to vary the surface concentration of molecules on such short-length scales.

Chicago building absolute machine toolsAbsolute Machine Tools, Inc. has established a 26,000 sq. ft. technical center at 2475 Millenium Drive in Elgin, Illinois, approximately 40 miles northwest of Chicago.

Synova, the manufacturer of the versatile Laser MicroJet machine, is now offering cutting and dicing services out of its newly opened Fremont, CA, micro-machining center (MMC).

fluidic systemSun-drenched rooms might make for happy residents, but large glass windows also bring higher air-conditioning bills. Now, a bioinspired microfluidic circulatory system for windows developed by researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University could save energy and cut cooling costs dramatically -- while letting in just as much sunlight.

Parmatech logoATW Companies Inc., a leading provider of custom manufactured metal components and services, announced that Parmatech, its custom manufactured metal injection molded (MIM) components and services subsidiary, is celebrating its 40th anniversary in business.

Mound Laser's new facilityMound Laser & Photonics Center Inc. will host its grand opening event at their new facility located at 2941 College Drive Kettering, OH 45420 on July 15, 2013. The event will be hosted by Bruce Pearson, CEO of the Miami Valley Research Park (MVRP). Congressman Mike Turner will address the audience to show his support for small business and the high technology manufacturing Mound Laser is bringing to the Dayton Region to serve the medical device, aerospace, and defense industries.

Makino's Auburn Hills, Mich., facility.Makino is pleased to announce a special one-day event that focuses on new developments in micromanufacturing processes and equipment. The Makino Micromachining Conference is slated to take place Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Makino Technology Center in Auburn Hills, Mich. This inaugural conference is set to include demonstrations of Makino’s latest micromachining technologies and guest presentations addressing manufacturing at the micro-scale.

liquid metalResearchers from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C., have developed three-dimensional (3-D) printing technology and techniques to create free-standing structures made of liquid metal at room temperature.

printing electronicsContinued laboratory advances hint at how additive manufacturing technology could change the way some electronic devices are made, including a 3-D printed battery and a bionic ear, according to an MIT Technology Review article.

Fathom, which offers 3-D printing, design consulting and manufacturing services, launched a new Web site,

Having recently expanded its Oakland, Calif. offices in Jack London Square, next door to its established studio location, the new Web site provides information on the remodeled workspace and its expansive collection of Objet Polyjet 3D Printers, Stratasys FDM 3-D Printers, SLS, laser cutter, complete model shop and photo booth.

toaster ovenRecently, much creative thought has been focused on developing context awareness in mobile phones. If your phone could figure out what you are doing, or perhaps even what you intend to do, then it could better serve you and consume less power, according to Alissa M. Fitzgerald, managing member of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) consulting firm A.M. Fitzgerald & Associates.

NIST lens tScientists working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated for the first time a new type of lens that bends and focuses ultraviolet (UV) light in such an unusual way that it can create ghostly, 3-D images of objects that float in free space, according to NIST.