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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.

Paul Ehrlich, senior applications engineer with United Grinding Technologies, demonstrates the flexibility of the Helitronic Micro CNC grinder by producing an ?" boring bar at the company's IMTS 2012 booth. The Helitronic Micro features linear/direct drives in all axes with acceleration and speed up to 2,000 IMP.

Datron Dynamics developed the Datron C5 5-axis milling machine specifically for precise, simultaneous 5-axis milling of small parts. The C5, which is designed to machine titanium, steel, non-ferrous metals and abrasive materials, accommodates parts up to 100mm in diameter.

Yesenia Salcedo, senior editor with Cutting Tool Engineering and MICROmanufacturing magazines, interviews Blum LMT Inc. President Jon C. Kulikowski about the company's origins and its new radio spindle probing technology.

AccuteX EDM Vice President Pete Intihar offers his own take on what's required to control the spark gap when performing wire EDMing operations at the micro scale in this brief video report shot during IMTS 2012.

The Ultraclean Technology and Micromanufacturing department with the Fraunhofer Institute of Production and Automation (Fraunhofer IPA), Stuttgart, Germany, develops integrated, innovative and results-oriented solutions for micromanufacturing tasks involving processes, equipment and production technology, according to the Fraunhofer IPA Web site.

During the 7th International Conference on MicroManufacturing in March, conference co-chairs Jian Cao and Kornel Ehmann, along with a few of their students, provided an overview of their research and work stations at the university's micromanufacturing lab.

Keigo Fukumoto, representing Fukui Byora Co., Ltd, Fukui, Japan, during the recent ICOMM 2012 gathering at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., offered a brief backround about the company and its Cold Heading Technology.

Stephen Malone, applications engineer at Aerotech Inc., provided a brief overview of the company's micro positioning stages during the ICOMM 2012 gathering held in March at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.

April 13, 2012—With about 150 attendees turning out for the 7th International Conference on MicroManufacturing (ICOMM 2012) held March 12-14 at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., conference organizers hailed the balanced attendance from Asia, Europe and North America as a first for the annual gathering.