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Writing the names of the fallen aircrew

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The geography of Lincolnshire, sometimes known as Bomber County, has made it an ideal location for military airfields, and during WW2 it was the epicentre of Bomber Command with numerous airfields being sited in Lincolnshire.   Micrometric, based in Lincoln, is extremely proud to have been chosen to provide precision laser cutting for the Spire Memorial which will be sited on Canwick Hill on the outskirts of Lincoln to commemorate the fallen aircrew who fought and died from the airfields around Lincoln.


Surrounding the Spire Memorial will be 120 plates on the curved memorial walls, which are to carry the names of the 25,611 men who flew and died from airfields around Lincoln.  In total there were 55,573 lives lost from Bomber Command, with 28% of them coming from countries outside the UK.  The plates are to be made from “CorTen A”, a type of steel designed to weather over time and provide a rusted appearance.  Each plate is 4 mm thick and will take around 6 hours of laser cutting time on the machines at Micrometric.  Laser cutting is a precise method of cutting through metals and other materials with low heat input and a fine cutting line, using a machine capable of handling large sheet sizes and cutting through over 12 mm thickness of material.


In total there will be more than 250,000 letters cut out by laser – the plates are produced in flat material for laser cutting, they are then sent to another local company, Hindles of Lincoln, for deburring and bending to the correct curvature to allow them to be mounted onto the walls.

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Image 1 – Detail of laser cut letters on one of the 4 mm thick steel plates

The Spire Memorial, which has the same height as the wingspan of the Avro Lancaster bomber (102 feet  or 31.09 m), is part of the overall International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) which is due to open in 2016 at Canwick Hill.  Created in 1936, the RAF Bomber Command served the country until 1968.  More than 125,000 served from all over the British Commonwealth.  The centre on Canwick Hill will be known as the Chadwick Centre, named after Roy Chadwick, the designer of the famous Lancaster aircraft.  On 2 October 2015, the Spire Memorial will be officially unveiled.

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Image 2 – The laser cutting machine in action

Micrometric, being a local manufacturer with expertise in precision cutting and welding of metals, is very proud to have been chosen to play an important part in this project to honour the heroes that fought and lost their lives to preserve our freedom.  Contact Micrometric for any subcontract laser processing requirements via our contact page.

Team of 4 cycle to the coast & back for charity

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On 2 July 2015, four members of staff from Micrometric will take part in 100 mile cycle ride from Lincoln Castle to the coast at Chapel St Leonards and back.  The C2C2C event (Castle to Coast to Castle) follows a route eastwards to the Lincolnshire coast and back again.  Cycling is very popular in Lincolnshire, and although the county is generally quite flat, the route includes some hilly stretches which will challenge the stamina of the riders.


In 2013, Engineer Joe Ashworth from Micrometric took part individually in the C2C2C event and was first over the finish line.  This year is the first time that Micrometric has entered a company team. Joe Ashworth is again competing for Micrometric and is joined by three other staff:  Company Secretary Rosie de Smit, Operations Manager Chris Waters and Works Engineering Manager Nigel Thomas.

team micrometricL-R Chris Waters, Joe Ashworth,  Rosie de Smit, Nigel Thomas

The event is taking part to raise money for three excellent local charities: Sophie’s story, St Barnabas Hospice and the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance.  In addition, the C2C2C event is aimed at encouraging employees of local companies to get away from their desks and take to the countryside, which also improves health and fitness.

As well as the entrance fee which goes to the charities, Micrometric Ltd. is asking for donations to boost the amount raised for the nominated causes.  If you would like to make a donation which will be split between the above charities, you can do so here:

Meet us at Spark Engineering Festival 2015

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Spark Engineering 2015If you are in Lincoln during 17-19 April, come along to meet Micrometric at the Spark Engineering Festival 2015 in Lincoln Cathedral.  More information can be found on the Visit Lincoln site.

Staff from Micrometric will be on-hand to talk to visitors about how we  apply engineering technology to laser cut, weld, drill and engrave components in metal at our Lincoln factory.

You will be able to see a laser engraving (sometimes known as laser etching or laser marking) system running live – so easy to use you will be able to take part in laser marking your name and take away a sample!

As well as laser engraving we will be demonstrating how we use 3D printing of plastics to make useful pieces for our factory and customers.

Micrometric welcomes 2 new employees

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Micrometric is pleased to welcome 2 new employees to the team, Edwin Cattle and Pernille Egeberg.

Edwin Cattle has joined the engineering team at Micrometric in order to enable improvements in process efficiency through automation and tooling.  Edwin is a Chemical Engineer and worked for James Dawson UK as an engineering projects manager for 30 years.

Pernille Egeberg joins the admin Team at Micrometric.  Pernille previously worked at Lincoln Hospital.

We wish Edwin and Pernille all the best in their important roles at Micrometric, and hope that you will join us in welcoming them to our Lincoln office.



Micrometric at Southern Manufacturing

Southern Manufacturing 2015 – let’s meet there?

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Micrometric will again be exhibiting at the Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Show this week, February 10-12 2015 at the FIVE  venue in Farnborough, stand W73.  If you are attending the show, come along and meet the team from Micrometric to discuss your potential requirements for subcontract precision manufacturing – laser cutting of challenging metallic components, laser welding of all metals, laser drilling or marking.

We look forward to seeing you there this week.


Micrometric order new Haas Vertical Machining centre

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To improve its capability Micrometric has just placed an order for a new VF-2 Vertical Machining Centre which includes a Renishaw probe for fast accurate measurement, rotary axis and through tool cooling. This will complement Micrometrics existing laser cutting and precision machining services allowing complete manufacturing solutions to be offered to customers.

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