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Engineering partnership

machining expertise

Cranfield Precision has a global reputation for ultra-precision machining with decades of customer references in the optics, optical film, medical and aerospace industries. Get the benefit of our experience and talk to us about your ultra-precision machining needs.

Engineering partnerships with Cranfield Precision

Located in Bedford, UK, Cranfield Precision® teams have over 50 years of experience in precision machine design and manufacture of world-leading ultra-precision machines. The business area encompasses ultra-precision machine tools, precision measuring systems and custom designed special purpose machines.

The strong links to university research groups and trade associations give Cranfield Precision® the capacity to undertake projects ranging from R&D and process consultancy to complete machine design and manufacture.

    Check out our Engineering Partnership brochure to learn more about our available offers.



    • Pioneers of ductile regime grinding, ELID grinding and diamond turning
    • World’s first ductile regime silicon wafer edge grinding machines
    • World’s first diamond turning machine for LCD brightness enhancement film production
    • Metrology systems for NASA’s Chandra space telescope mirrors
    • CNC development, enabling the world’s first CNC controlled cam and crank grinding machine
    • World-leading large optics grinding machine for the production of the next generation Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) silicon wafer lithography system mirrors

    Machine – Process – Partnership

    Every application is different, which is why you need an expert technical partner to support your ultra-precision machining goals. Our services fall into three main categories:


    Gain access to our facilities, resources and ultra-precision development machines and collaborate with us to improve your machining processes and develop new, market leading products.

    • Develop a new product
    • Improve your component specification
    • Solve a complex toolpath problem
    • Try new processes
    • Reduce your R&D overhead
    • Free up your machinery for production

    View our case study on process development for optical molds



    With over 50 years’ experience in ultra-precision machine and process development, let Cranfield Precision work with you to employ proven analysis and design techniques to enhance your capabilities.

    • Solve production problems
    • Update old production equipment
    • Enhance your software capabilities
    • Make high quality parts
    • Improve your machine capability
    • Develop a new manufacturing process

    View our case study on process technology for improved thermal control



    Develop a specification with Cranfield Precision and collaborate to produce an ultra-precision design to your requirements. Our assembly facilities can even manufacture prototype, production and batch machines for you.

    • Design complex components
    • Upgrade existing machines or sub-assemblies
    • Solve work holding problems
    • Develop new software solutions
    • Improve your machine capability
    • Create bespoke machines

    View our case study on precision design for vertical counterforce


    Tap into our ultra-precision machining expertise

    Make the most of our engineers and experience to design solutions that meet your needs. Contact us to get started on your customized solution today.