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Precision Micro, a precision components manufacturer, is adopting a faster and more economical approach to the production of prototype and small- to medium-volume precision-formed components.

The process combines photochemical machining from sheet material with manual or semi-automatic precision forming, all closely controlled and carried out under one roof.

Photochemical machining produces flat blank profiles without the burrs frequently found on punched parts.

Photo tooling for etching has always been inexpensive when compared with punch tooling, according to the company.

Precision Micro’s recent investment in laser direct imaging (LDI) enables parts to be imaged without the need for any physical tooling, streamlining the production process while increasing accuracy and precision.

All forming, within the new approach, is reduced to a series of individual operations that can each be undertaken using inexpensive and readily available modular tooling.

The company holds a stock of more than 5,000 modular tools but is able to manufacture specific tools in house in its tool room.

Anthony Marrett, managing director, said: ‘Combining photochemical machining with precision forming under a stringent ISO 9001-quality regime enables us to guarantee quality and gives us total control in order to meet our delivery promises.’ This approach enables the flexibility to modify, amend designs and optimise parts prior to full-scale manufacture.

Designers can now optimise their designs without encountering huge prohibitive cost penalties and suffering substantial time-to-market delays, according to Precision Micro.

Precision Micro is one of the largest specialist components manufacturing operations in Europe, innovating, developing and utilizing a unique combination of manufacturing processes to meet the needs of customers worldwide.

The company has pioneered developments in chemical etching, electroforming and mechanical forming, achieving standards admired by the industry and appreciated by customers in automotive, communications, aerospace, electronics, medical, military and other ‘high-tech’ engineering industries.

More than Europe’s largest independent chemical etching operation, Precision Micro is generally considered to be the technology leader in its industry having developed new innovative process routes (LEEF and LEEP) that have reset benchmarks for precision, accuracy and repeatability.

We specialize in production technologies that provide economic, low risk, fast, flexible solutions for our customers, minimizing their up-front cost exposure through the use of digital tooling while providing the fastest ‘time to market’. Providing prototypes within hours and volume requirements in a timely and economical fashion, using the very same process technologies is what Precision Micro is all about.

Precision Micro… The name for Technology, Expertise, Innovation and Quality in precision components manufacture.

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