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The Promise of Waterjet Technology for Micromachining

There are numerous compelling benefits of using waterjet technology to produce parts or part features smaller than 300 microns. Developers and researchers are getting close to breaking the barriers that stand in the way of micromachining in the 150- to 200- micron range and below. This research report outlines the issues associated with making very finely detailed parts using the abrasive waterjet process. It also gives an overview of the current status of efforts to improve the levels of detail and accuracy that are possible. Possible applications in the medical and electronic industries are also discussed.

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