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Read case studies involving ABTech’s precision gages and our successful research projects and collaborations with companies like NASA.

New Air Bearing Spindle Designed for Precision Grinding

June 2014 – ABTech designed a new high speed air bearing spindle to address specific requirements for an ultra-precision optical grinding application. Of particular interest to the machine manufacturer was added robustness of the spindle to overcome catastrophic crashes experienced with their primary supplier. High accuracy and stiffness at speeds up to 10,000 RPMs, along with […]

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NASA Chooses ABTech for Precision Telescope Optics Machines

NASA scientists challenged ABTech to develop a multifunctional machine that would act as a grinding lathe, an indexing tool for raster grinding and an assembly station—all in one. The machine would safely and quickly produce optics for their long-delayed NuSTAR X-ray telescope. ABTech met the challenge and delivered the machines to Columbia University’s Nevis Astrophysics […]

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ABTech Designs Optical Metrology Station with 5 Axes of Motion

OptiPro Systems, a well-respected optical machine manufacturer, came to ABTech with a concept and left with a complete motion system. They first approached ABTech to supply just air bearing stages for their prototype metrology station. Using their concept as the framework, we applied our expertise in multi-axis motion and our understanding of geometric measurement principles […]

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Automotive Manufacturer Selects ABTech to Help Return Manufacturing to the US

A leading manufacturer of OEM automotive parts contracted ABTech to design and manufacture a turnkey work cell to solve an international sourcing logistics problem. Increasingly tighter part tolerances on transmission parts were becoming more difficult to achieve through typical off-shore sourcing channels. ABTech was called upon to develop a combination metrology and machining system that […]

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ABTech Delivers 4 µin Accuracy for National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Lab

The engineers at the University of California’s Lawrence Livermore Labs needed a target assembly station with a position accuracy of 4 millionths of an inch—that’s 0.000,0004 inch (or 0.01 micron!)—and ABTech delivered. The compact and mechanically elegant system we designed and manufactured incorporates six ABTech air bearings, including three motorized air bearing linear slides, two […]

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