Mikrotech’s success as a full-service micro manufacturer is using equipment specifically designed for micro machining. We strategically collaborate with machining partners to offer our customers a more cost-effective and timely option for prototype and low-volume components. Micro machining has twice the precision and spindle speed as conventional machining equipment, which allows us to produce high-quality machined components even with difficult-to-machine plastics. We can take a solid model or CAD drawing to a finished component in under three weeks.
Micro machining can also provide an excellent, cost-effective solution during the initial stages of the product development cycle. For instance, the design of a medical device for minimally invasive surgery often undergoes multiple iterations before the final appearance and functionality of the product is complete. Micro machining requires little if any tooling costs during the design iterations.
Micro machining is also suitable for adding features to a micro molded component. Often, the complexity of a component makes the cost of micro molding tooling cost prohibitive. It may also increase the complexity of the mold tool resulting in high maintenance and operating costs.
One way to address this issue is micro molding as much of the geometry of the component as possible and performing secondary micro machining operations to complete the finished product. The designer can capture all features required and obtain a majority of the benefits of lower-cost micro molding.
Our micro machining technology has a range of abilities that include:
- High-performance plastics such as PEEK, PPS, PEI, and LCP
- Plastics such as ABS, PAI (Torlon), PC, PMMA, and PTFE
- Dimensional tolerances of +/- .005 mm (.0002 in)
- Accurate components weighing less than 0.1 g (.0035 oz)
- Implantable and non-implantable components
- Wall thicknesses as low as .08 mm (.003 in)
- Lens (optical) quality components
- Vapor polishing and deburring
- Annealing (stress relieving)
Some of the most common micro machining materials we work with include (but are not limited to):