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

Zhao, Jie and Yip, Arthur Lan Kuan and Qin, Yi and Razali, Akhtar and FEI, Zhi-cong (2012) Machine and tool development for forming of polymeric tubular micro-components. Transactions of Nonferrous Metals Society of China, 22 (2). s214–s221.

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Abstract

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.