Micro Machining Center – Tiny is Tiny

Even if it needs to be as tiny as the width of a hair from the head of Lindsey, Nanci, or Anne, with its new Micro Machining Center, Schultz-Creehan can make the cut.

In a "How tiny is tiny?" demonstration, Schultz-Creehan CEO Nanci Hardwick asked VT KnowledgeWorks Member Services Director Lindsey Eversole and Inside VT KnowledgeWork’s Anne Clelland to pull single strands of hair from their heads.  She then measured each hair with the digital micrometer.


Lindsey Eversole, Nanci Hardwick, Anne ClellandYou can see we each have different hairstyles and hair textures.  Here are the results:




.00230 inches

.00500 inches

.00230 inches

Mmc_2 The point of showing how tiny a hair is from our pointy little heads is this:  Schultz-Creehan’s new Micro Machining Center–the first of its kind from manufacturer Cameron Micro Drill Presses–puts it a cut above the rest in the custom manufacture of micro-components, particularly for the aerospace and medical industries.  (Please click on the thumbnails to view full-size images.)

Jeff Schultz, CTPFor example, Jeff Schultz, Chief Technology Officer and co-founder, assembles a wind tunnel probe drilled with the tiniest holes to measure air flow. 

Nanci showed me the drill bits.  The tips were so small I could hardly see them.


Lab technician Adam Jones (also diva photographer extraordinaire), presents the finished product.

Adamjones According to Nanci Hardwick, the Micro Machining Center exemplifies the unique offerings of Schultz-Creehan.

"The overlap between materials science and industrial engineering lets us create new products or proccesses for our clients who care about manufacturability," Nanci said.  "There’s plain vanilla industrial engineering and there’s plain vanilla materials science.  Our overlap isn’t expertise times two.  It’s exponential."

See this press release for more information about the new Micro Machining Center at Schultz-Creehan.


  1. This is a really cool technology! I imagine there have to be an infinite number of uses for it, and it's right here in our backyard!

  2. You are so right about the "infinite number." I got a hint of some of the projects Schultz-Creehan has in mind. The good to come from one of the medical applications brought tears to my eyes. I buy CEO Nanci Hardwick's point that industrial engineering + materials science = exponential expertise.

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