Forming of polymeric tubular micro-components

Qin, Yi and Zhao, Jie and Anyasodor, Gerald and Hansen, Klaus S. and Calderon, Ivan and Konrad, Konstantin and Hartl, Christoph and Arentoft, Mogens and Chronakis, Ioannis S. (2015) Forming of polymeric tubular micro-components. In: Micromanufacturing Engineering and Technology. Elsevier, Oxford, pp. 179-200. ISBN 9780323311496

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Abstract

This chapter is intended to provide an overview of three nontraditional shaping technologies for the forming of polymeric micro-tubes, which are hot embossing, blow molding, and cross rolling, as well as realization of a process chain and the integration of a modular machine-based manufacturing platform for the production of functional polymeric tubular micro-components. The chapter gives background on the current market and process development trends, followed by description of materials, process configuration, tool design and machine development for each processing technology as well as strategy for integration of the technologies and equipment into a common platform. Finally, potential applications of the technologies and facilities developed are highlighted.