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Your Guide to Attending SPIE Optifab 2023

SPIE Optifab 2023 is the largest optical manufacturing conference and exhibition in North America, and it’s coming up in October. The event showcases the latest optics technology and industry research, making attendance well worth it. At ABTech, we’re long-time supporters of Optifab—it’s one of our...
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SPIE Orlando 2023 – ABTech’s Highlights and Takeaways

ABTech recently had a booth at Orlando's 2023 SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing conference. It was exciting to attend one of the biggest shows in the industry. While the turnout for the show was smaller than in previous years, the event was a success. We had many valuable opportunities to talk to...
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Single Point Diamond Turning: How Air Bearings Improve Optical Accuracy

As technology advances, many manufacturers require tools with cutting-edge accuracy. Single point diamond turning (SPDT) is one of today's most precise CNC processes. Equipped with an air-bearing spindle, an SPDT machine can finish parts to an accuracy of less than a millionth of an inch.
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A Custom Approach to Air Bearing Design

For many machine builders, there comes a time when off-the-shelf air-bearing devices will not suffice. Sometimes, an existing unit needs a custom component for a retrofit, say, to increase accuracy. And other times, like for new development projects, the air bearing design requires some expert...
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Intro to Linear Stages: From the Basics to Design Factors

A linear stage is a motion control device used in many industrial applications. At ABTech, we design, engineer, and build linear stages—they’re one of the main categories of high-performance, precision motion machines we manufacture. In this post, we’ll introduce the basics of linear stages,...
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Air Bearing vs Contact Bearing: What to Know Before Upgrading

Most engineers start exploring the benefits of air bearings once their manufacturing tolerances drop to less than 1 micron. Why is that? Unlike mechanical, metal, or ball bearings, an air bearing provides zero-friction operation, absolute repeatability, and requires little maintenance. But it’s an...
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Why a Solutions Engineering Approach is Critical for Precision Motion Systems

From aerospace to medical devices, to additive manufacturing, some of the most challenging precision manufacturing environments depend on motion solutions such as air bearings to deliver extraordinary, sub-micron-level accuracies and near-perfect repeatability. But every precision motion challenge...
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Air Bearing Applications: Common Examples by Industry

Innovative manufacturers are always looking to create a better products. Many are turning to air bearings to achieve this goal as they offer distinct advantages over ball bearings in a variety of applications. This article will cover the basics of air bearings, their benefits, and some common...
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Precision Measurement Systems: The Key To Manufacturing Accuracy

When working in manufacturing, measurement systems are oftentimes the key to accuracy. While we learn how to measure with a ruler in grade school, you cannot get those types of measurements with a ruler. Accurate measurement systems in manufacturing environments require extreme precision and...
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Machine Spindles: What Are the Types & Applications in Manufacturing?

Spindles serve a critical purpose in many different manufacturing environments, and their purpose varies depending on the application. Here at ABtech, spindles are one of the three main categories of precision motion products that we manufacture. In this blog, we offer a quick guide to the basics:...
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