Machine and tool development for forming of polymeric tubular micro-components

Jie Zhao, Arthur Lan Kuan Yip, Yi Qin, Akhtar Razali, Zhi-cong FEI

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This paper reports the work associated with the development of a desktop hot-embossing machine system and tools which would enable volume production of polymeric tubular micro-components for various applications. The development was undertaken by considering factors such as machine dynamic performance, precision guides to tools, tool heating and cooling, raw material feeding and end-part collection, control strategy. It was assisted with FE analysis and a series of forming experiment. An integrated machine system has now been constructed and tested with the forming of several demonstration-components. A good result was obtained from these tests.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)s214–s221
Number of pages8
JournalTransactions of Nonferrous Metals Society of China
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012


  • polymeric tubular micro-components
  • hot-embossing
  • micro-forming
  • desktop micro-manufacturing system


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