The new West Midlands Micro-Machining Centre helps manufacturers exploit the latest micromachining technology. In this high-speed application, for instance, a 0.4-mm-diameter ballnose end mill produces micro features. Image courtesy of A.F. Gaskin Ltd.


A new engineering center promises to help key industrial sectors exploit micromachining technology in the manufacture of parts with microfeatures or those smaller than 10 mm. Industries that could benefit include medical, automotive, aerospace, and electronics/ communications.

The West Midlands Micro-Machining Centre, Birmingham, UK, works with a range of ferrous, nonferrous, and nonmetallic materials, including hardened tool steels, titanium alloys, nickel-based superalloys, ceramics, composites, glass, and diamond.

The center recently selected PowerMill from Delcam, also of Birmingham, as its CAM software. Other equipment at the center includes a Matsuura LX-1 high-speed machining center, an Agiecut Vertex wire EDM, and an Agietron Compact 1 Micro diesinking machine.