Machining piezoelectric materials is necessary for any applications involving focused ultrasonic energy. There are a surprising number of everyday technologies which utilize machined piezoelectrics to generate ultrasonic energy. Some common applications include hydrophones for submarine detection, sonar, lithotripters for breaking kidney stones and noninvasive neurological surgery for Parkinson's disease. Kadco Ceramics has developed techniques for the generation of the complicated geometries required by these ultrasonic elements. These include hemispheres, lenses and staves for assembly into cylinder and barrel structures such as PZT sensors. Contact Kadco Ceramics early in your development process to generate economical solutions to your design problems.