Fabrication of microfluidic injection moulds by a hybrid micromachining process

Wenlong Chang, X-C Luo, J. M. Ritchie, J.-N. Sun, C. Mark

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Abstract

In this paper a hybrid micromachining approach was developed for the fabrication of microfluidic injection moulds. A micro injection mould with 500μm wide and 200μm high channels was machined byhigh-speed micromilling. The microchannels inside the mould were then processed by a Nd:YAG laser to remove the burrs generated in the micromilling process. The measurement results confirmed the effectiveness of this hybrid micromachining process in obtaining high-quality microproducts.
Original languageEnglish
Article number6
Pages (from-to)458-462
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture
Volume225
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2011

Keywords

  • microfluidic mould
  • micro burrs
  • micromilling
  • laser deburring
  • hybrid micro-machining
  • fabrication
  • hybrid micromachining
  • injection moulds

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