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Micro-injection moulding: factors affecting the achievable aspect ratios

Sha, Baichuan, Dimov, Stefan Simeonov, Griffiths, Christian Andrew and Packianather, Michael Sylvester 2007. Micro-injection moulding: factors affecting the achievable aspect ratios. International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology 33 (1-2) , 147 - 156. 10.1007/s00170-006-0579-2

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Abstract

Micro-injection moulding is one of the key technologies for micro-manufacture because of its mass-production capability and relatively low component cost. The aspect ratios achievable in replicating micro features are one of the most important process characteristics and constitute a major manufacturing constraint in applying injection moulding in a range of micro-engineering applications. This research studies the effects of five process and one size factors on the achievable aspect ratios, and the role they play in producing micro components in different polymer materials. In particular, the following factors are considered: barrel temperature, mould temperature, injection speed, holding pressure, the existence of air evacuation and the sizes of micro features. The study revealed that the barrel temperature and the injection speed are the key factors affecting the aspect ratios of micro features replicated in PP and ABS. In case of POM, in addition to these two factors, the mould temperature is also an important factor for improving the replication capabilities of the micro-injection moulding process. For all three materials, an increase of feature sizes improves the melt flow. However, the melt fill of micro features does not increase linearly with the increase of their sizes.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Systems At Cardiff (CAMSAC)
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Micro channels - Micro features - Micro-injection moulding
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 1433-3015
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 21:33
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/2056

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