To advance micro injection moulding it is necessary to study systematically the factors affecting process and tooling reliability. This paper reviews the main findings of Cardiff Universities 4M and SEMOFS research in this field. In particular, the factors affecting the manufacturability of micro parts with the micro injection moulding process is examined, and solutions are proposed to broaden its application. These include: Investigations into the process factors affecting aspect ratios achievable and replication quality, moulding of prototype micro fluidic components, hybrid tooling technologies for the manufacturing of inserts, the finite element analysis of melt flow behaviour in micro injection moulding, and a dissemination of an all polymer microfluidic system.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 1. European Conference on Medical Polymers|
|Number of pages||210|
|Publisher||Queen's University Belfast|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|
|Event||European Conference on Medical Polymers: SPE Medical Polymers - Polymer Processing Research Centre, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom|
Duration: 3 Sep 2008 → 5 Sep 2008
Conference number: 1
|Conference||European Conference on Medical Polymers|
|Location||Polymer Processing Research Centre, Queen's University Belfast|
|Period||03/09/2008 → 05/09/2008|
|Sponsor||Society of Plastics Engineers|
- finite element analysis
- micro injection moulding
- micro fluidics
Griffiths, C., Tosello, G., Nestler, J., Sha, B., & Hoyle, R. (2008). Micro Engineering: Experiments conducted on the use of polymeric materials in micro injection moulding. In Proceedings of the 1. European Conference on Medical Polymers (pp. 171-178). Queen's University Belfast.