The project will see Loxham Precision and UPM create a new manufacturing technique to produce specialist air bearing components that are widely employed within the multi-axes µ6 CNC machine tool range produced by Loxham Precision.

The collaboration gains support from the Manufacturing and Materials programme operated by Innovate UK.

Says Paul Shore of Loxham Precision: “The project promises to establish a new means to produce micrometre scale features of air bearing designs pioneered by UPM Limited. The new production technique will offer opportunities for subsequent automation to achieve significant reduction of fabrication costs.”