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Fabrication of microfluidic injection moulds by a hybrid micromachining process

Chang, Wenlong and Luo, X-C and Ritchie, J. M. and Sun, J.-N. and Mark, C. (2011) Fabrication of microfluidic injection moulds by a hybrid micromachining process. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 225 (3). pp. 458-462. ISSN 2041-2975

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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.