It's important for modern machine shops to ensure that they paying more attention to emerging forms of machining so they can keep pace with the latest developments and expand their offerings to meet their customers' needs. A recent article that appeared in Nature Communications showcases the research of one Australian team into the possibilities of molecular sharpening using lasers.
The abstract for the study describes how the team was able to etch onto a surface using the abilities of ultraviolet light to make a mark. This may be beyond the typical scope of precision machining work at the moment, but the study's author, Rich Mildren expanded on the significance of the findings in a piece for the Science World Report.
"Conventional laser machining relies on heating the material, with atoms ejected from the surface by the resulting explosive forces and vaporization," Mildren writes. "We have now discovered that lasers can be made to split apart the chemical bonds holding atoms together without any significant collateral damage into the surrounding material." He goes on to say that the effects of this research are already being seen in the use of lasers in machining.
This suggests that what a release on Photonics Online calls "super-resolution laser machining" might lead to more efficient and specific processes, especially when it comes to precious materials that need this level of delicacy.
To stay abreast of all of the relevant industry developments that might spell increased success for your business, you can turn to professionals that have experience in the machining industry and build relationships that may prove to be a highly valuable investment for future custom manufacturing projects.