January 28, 2010

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SME Debunks Micro- and Nanomanufacturing Myths

A recent survey conducted by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME; Dearborn, MI) revealed that only half of the 400 respondents--who had all expressed interest in micromanufacturing--actually reported employing micromanufacturing processes in their current product development. More than 60% of respondents also indicated that nanotechnology was key to the future growth of their company, according to SME.On the heels of these revelations, SME put together a useful and interesting guide titled, "Busting Seven Big Myths about Manufacturing's Smallest Technologies." Intended to debunk myths and facilitate adoption of micro and nanomanufacturing by engineers, the article addresses such misconceptions as the lack of viability in the current business climate and the scarcity of appropriate tools and equipment.Perhaps the best takeaways, however, are the facts presented to correct the belief that micro- and nanomanufacturing processes are the same as "macromanufacturing" processes, just using smaller materials or requiring finer features. As service providers specializing in these micro- and nanoscale components will tell you, this is simply not true.Read SME's document in its entirety here. Plus, read about the skill sets, tooling, and knowledge required for micro and nanomanufacturing from MPMN's article, "It's a Small World, After All."

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