15 January 2003 Microstructure and mechanical properties of nickel microparts electroformed in replicated LIGA molds
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Proceedings Volume 4979, Micromachining and Microfabrication Process Technology VIII; (2003) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.472748
Event: Micromachining and Microfabrication, 2003, San Jose, CA, United States
Abstract
A novel process for the rapid replication of electroforming plastic micromolds has been developed and is now being used to produce plated nickel test specimens. The process combines hot embossing or injection molding with metallic microscreens to produce sacrificial electroforming molds with conducting bases and insulating sidewalls. The replicated micromolds differ from standard LIGA molds in that the holes in the microscreen act as insulating defects in the electroforming base. The effects of such defects on the materials properties of electroformed microparts will be discussed and it will be shown that when the surface irregularities corresponding to the microscreen holes are removed, mechanical properties are experimentally indistinguishable from those found in conventionally processed LIGA specimens.
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Alfredo M. Morales, Linda A. Domeier, Marcela G. Gonzales, John T. Hachman, Jill M. Hruby, Steven H. Goods, Dorrance E. McLean, Nancy Yang, Andrew D Gardea, "Microstructure and mechanical properties of nickel microparts electroformed in replicated LIGA molds", Proc. SPIE 4979, Micromachining and Microfabrication Process Technology VIII, (15 January 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.472748; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.472748
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