Micro Injection Molding

Guido Tosello (Editor)

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Abstract

Micro injection molding is the preferred process technology for the mass production of polymer micro components. Micro molded parts are characterized by dimensional tolerances in the micrometer range, high surface finish in the sub-micrometer down to optical range, and high geometrical complexity. Micro injection molding is used to manufacture highly valued micro medical components (sensors, implants, tubes, catheter tips), micro optics, microfluidic systems, and micro mechanical systems, among others. The global market of micro injection
molding is expected to reach USD 1 billion by 2020 with a compound annual growth rate between 10–15% in the period 2013–2020. High demand for micro molded parts is seen from the medical, healthcare, automotive, and electronics sectors.
To exploit the micro molding technology process capabilities and take advantage of research and market opportunities, there was a need for a dedicated book that deals exclusively with micro injection molding and the knowledge to overcome the challenges of successfully managing and processing polymer materials at these ultra-small scales. This book meets that need. Micro injection molding is indeed not just a simple downscaling of conventional injection molding, and specific material-
process-product interactions must be understood in order to achieve near zero-defect net-shape micro molded products.
“Micro Injection Molding” is written for engineers, researchers, project managers, consultants, and other professionals involved in precision polymer processing and micro manufacturing. The book provides a comprehensive, up-to-date, and detailed treatment of the main topics related to micro molding. It includes the underlying physics of micro polymer processing and replication at the micro/nano scales, as well as fundamentals of micro molding machine construction and tool making technologies (micro machining, surface treatments). The book also discusses in detail supporting technologies for high-precision micro molding such as quality control of micro parts, micro additive manufacturing for micro product prototyping, and process simulation. Process variations such as vacuum-assisted micro molding and multimaterial processing (micro two-component injection molding, metal and ceramic micro molding) bringing further opportunities for advanced micro manufacturing are presented in detail as well. The book is composed of 13 chapters organized in four parts (see table below):
Part 1 – Polymer Materials and Process Micro Technology
Part 2 – Tooling Technologies for Micro Mold Making
Part 3 – Micro Molding Key-Enabling Technologies
Part 4 – Multimaterial Micro Processing
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationMunich
PublisherCarl Hanser Verlag
Number of pages400
ISBN (Print)978-1-56990-653-8
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-56990-654-5
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Tosello, G. (Ed.) (2018). Micro Injection Molding. Carl Hanser Verlag.