The achievement of an adequate accuracy of the microinjection molding process applied to the replication of micro-features is a complex task. The selection of process parameters and the geometry of the molded part influences the filling flow of the melt inside the mold cavity as well as the final quality of the replicated micro-features. In this work, the replication of a micro-structured surface is studied in relation to the thickness of the molded part. In particular, the effects of a rapid heat cycle molding process, cavity air evacuation, part thickness are experimentally evaluated. The analysis of the experimental data showed that the thickness of the main flow region and the molding temperature are significant factor affecting the replication quality. In particular, a combination of small cavity thickness and a high mold temperature (above Tg) can be effective in increasing the replicated height of micro-features. Experimental results also point out the correlation between the holding pressure and the distance from the injection location.An effective approach to the design of both the part and the process, should consider that the selection of process parameters must be related to design of the mold cavity.

Analysis of the influence of part thickness on the replication of micro-structured surfaces by injection molding

MASATO, DAVIDE;SORGATO, MARCO;LUCCHETTA, GIOVANNI
2016

Abstract

The achievement of an adequate accuracy of the microinjection molding process applied to the replication of micro-features is a complex task. The selection of process parameters and the geometry of the molded part influences the filling flow of the melt inside the mold cavity as well as the final quality of the replicated micro-features. In this work, the replication of a micro-structured surface is studied in relation to the thickness of the molded part. In particular, the effects of a rapid heat cycle molding process, cavity air evacuation, part thickness are experimentally evaluated. The analysis of the experimental data showed that the thickness of the main flow region and the molding temperature are significant factor affecting the replication quality. In particular, a combination of small cavity thickness and a high mold temperature (above Tg) can be effective in increasing the replicated height of micro-features. Experimental results also point out the correlation between the holding pressure and the distance from the injection location.An effective approach to the design of both the part and the process, should consider that the selection of process parameters must be related to design of the mold cavity.
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