During miniaturisation, size of the part comes close to grain size of the material. There is an overall decrease in the total number grains undergoing deformation and most of these are surface grains. Therefore, microscale deformation is marked by abnormal stress-strain response which limits the manufacturing capabilities of microforming. Two distinct phenomena responsible for this are: (i) dominance of single crystal deformation behaviour, and (ii) increased strain localisation due to incompatibly between surface and core grains during deformation. The present work attempts to neutralise these effects by increasing the number of grains in the deformation zone. This has been achieved by engineering refined microstructure in the materials. To develop the refined microstructure, cryorolling followed by controlled annealing treatment has been employed. Microscale deformation behaviour and microforming capabilities of the refined material have been compared with its coarse-grained counterpart by analysing their tensile curves and by post-mortem study of micro deep drawn components over a wide range of sample thicknesses. Material with fully recrystallised, equiaxed, strain-free refined microstructure is found to have the best strain hardening response both in micro and macro deformation domains. This property is also reflected in the micro deep drawing capabilities of the same material. © The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2018.