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SST Partners with SmalTec International to Expand Micro-EDM Offering

SST, a distributor of machine tool and consumable brands, has announced its collaboration with SmalTec International to bring the EM203 and GM703 micro-precision electrical discharge machines (EDMs) to SST's West, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions. Based in the Chicago area, SmalTec is a micromachine manufacturer known for high- and ultra-high precision equipment and providing comprehensive, turn-key solutions.

"This complementary partnership signifies our commitment to offer a range of solutions specifically for extreme precision in micro sized components," said Mark Logan, Director of Business Development, SST. "We recognize that many manufacturers consider micromachining to be difficult, if not impossible, to manufacture commercially. For that reason, we are pleased to bring technologies that deliver on accuracy and surface-finish requirements to these customers through our partnership with SmalTec."

SmalTec's EM203 and GM703 micromachines combine high-precision CNC technology with highly adaptive EDM sensing and machining. These models create complex 3-D designs using a 0.30 µm spark size at a 5-nanosecond frequency. Tolerances are held within 10 NM, creating surface quality and feature-size capabilities. Polishing can be completed on the inside of micro holes, features, mold cavities or pins. Additionally, micro holes with significant aspect ratios are achievable, from 10:1 at 5 µm to 40+:1 at 100 µm.

The EM203 and GM703 have been upgraded to use an advanced in situ metrology process, electric flux measurement (EFM). EFM is a patented process that uses a traditional CMM-style methodology but senses the proximity of a surface before coming in contact with it, making it nondestructive. Micro probes used with EFM can be custom-shaped using the micro-EDM. Micro features can be created and measured at nanometer precision during the machining process.

"Working with SST will enhance our market penetration into high-volume production customers, and allow us to better serve manufacturers across industries, including medical, aerospace, semiconductor, optics and automotive," said Jerry Mraz, General Manager and Owner of SmalTec International.

For more information contact:

Single Source Technologies

2600 Superior Court

Auburn Hills, MI 48326



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