Piezoelectric Crystals

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The Piezoelectric crystal is used in a broad variety of common consumer, commercial, and industrial products. These crystals are used in watches, ultrasound equipment, microphones, cigarette lighters, inkjet printers, speakers, and a wide variety of sensors and motors, among many other applications. What is a Piezoelectric Crystal? Piezoelectric crystals are capable of the piezoelectric effect, […]

What Is Wafer Dicing

Dicing Operations
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Wafer Dicing Dicing is commonly used to separate optical components or electronics imaged onto wafers.  The substrates can be waxed onto hard mounts to minimize chipping. Experienced dicing experts are able to make precise cuts and grooves and optically align microscopic patterns. What is Wafer Dicing? The wafer dicing process separates small blocks of semiconducting […]

CNC Milling and Drilling

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Computer numerical control (CNC) milling is a machining process that uses rotating multipoint cutting tools and computerized controls to cut and shape workpieces into custom-designed components. Manufacturers use CNC milling to produce a wide range of products from materials ranging from: Metal Plastic Glass Wood In contrast with traditional drilling equipment, CNC milling machines operate along multiple axes, […]

Ceramic Machining

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Ceramics can be made from several different types of hard metal oxides or nitrides. Additionally, materials like silicon carbide (SiC) may not fit the precise definition of a ceramic material, but they can still be classified as part of the ceramic “family.” Manufacturers use ceramic machining to produce a wide range of mechanical, electrical, and […]

Introduction to Piezoelectricity and Piezoelectric Ceramics

Introduction to Piezoelectricity and Piezoelectric Ceramics
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Introduction to Piezoelectricity and Piezoelectric Ceramics Piezoelectricity is the creation of electric potential in certain materials when they are under mechanical stress, such as bending, stretching, or compressing. Physicists refer to this phenomenon as the piezoelectric effect. The materials that exhibit these characteristics are called piezoelectric materials. The piezoelectric effect happens when the electric charge […]

Machining Hard and Soft Piezoelectric Materials

Curved Staves
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Uses of Machined Piezoelectric Materials The piezoelectric effect was discovered by brothers Pierre and Jacques Curie in 1880, and named after the Greek word piezein, that means to press or squeeze. They found that certain crystals were able to generate an electrical charge when mechanically loaded with tension or pressure. If exposed to an electric […]