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mi·cro·ma·chine

 (mī′krō-mə-shēn′)
n.
A machine or mechanism with parts smaller than a millimeter, as one fabricated using MEMS technology.
tr.v. mi·cro·ma·chined, mi·cro·ma·chin·ing, mi·cro·ma·chines
To machine or manufacture (MEMS components, microchips, or other parts) on the scale of less than one millimeter with a high degree of precision.
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The 17th World Micromachine Summit, from April 26 to 28, will be inaugurated by Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, said Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority (Rakia).
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NTC figures that micro-processing is a "small market with growth potential." Machine tools, robotics, and semiconductor facilities to produce micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS) would grow from their current infancy to an estimated 38.4-billion yen ($349-million) market in Japan by 2010, predicts a Tokyo foundation named the Micromachine Center.
The silicon micromachine measures just half the width of a human hair and crawls on legs powered by the pulsing muscle fibres of rats.
"We found that, if you control the size of the channels and the chambers you micromachine inside the plastic surface of the CD, you can basically build any analytical laboratory on a CD," Madou explains.
Building a micromachine part is very similar to making a microchip.
Current micromachine prototypes use motors that are thinner than a human hair and gears that are even smaller.
The ability to laser micromachine materials has revolutionized machining of the smallest parts with micron level accuracy.
We can micromachine an airfoil or tool to smooth out places where coating will not stick.
But researchers at Argonne National Laboratory and Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., have built a micromachine that can be controlled, indirectly at least, by oxygen.
But he and his colleagues have built a centimeter-square micromachine with fingers that can grip and manipulate micrometer-scale particles.