Traditional machine tool technology is too expensive, too large, too complex, and too inflexible for the challenges of manufacturing today’s small parts. Many of these parts are only a few millimeters across and thus scale poorly with the large working volumes and huge floor space requirements of traditional manufacturing equipment. In addition, traditional machine tools are expensive to operate, gulping cutting fluids and hogging energy while they move their huge internal components, not to mention the high labor costs needed for skilled technicians and support staff.
Today’s fast-paced business environment demands flexible manufacturing solutions that are scalable from small prototype and R&D runs to high volume production runs while maintaining accuracy and profitability. The traditional machine tool manufacturers’ approach of building more precision and performance into their products in an incremental manner has led to an awkward evolution, making machine tools ever larger, more expensive, and more complex. Microlution has developed ultra precise machining platforms designed to integrate part handling, motion control, part characterization and quality control for a complete, automated micro manufacturing solution.
Microlution directly addresses the shortcomings of traditional machine tools. After several years of university level research beginning in the late 1990’s, Microlution officially incorporated in 2005 with a single 3-axis machine. Today, Microlution offers a full line of 3, 4, and 5-axis micro-milling machines, femtosecond laser machining platforms, and a micro lathe for turning applications. Compared to traditional machine tools, Microlution provides solutions that reduce cycle time, decrease disposable tooling costs, and improve surface finish in a significantly smaller machine footprint. Better, faster, more accurate micro machining solutions.
All Microlution machines have been developed on the concept that small parts should be manufactured on small machines specifically designed for micro scale manufacturing. Every machine is fully optimized to maintain micron-level accuracy through the rigors of harsh production environments. A wide variety of companies are currently operating Microlution machine tools, including automotive, aerospace, semiconductor, electronic, medical device, defense, and contract manufacturing companies. Located in Chicago, Microlution proudly designs and builds every machine in the United States.