Bibber D.,Micro Engineering Solutions MES
Plastics Technology | Year: 2012
Several new advancements in micro-machining technology are helping in the design and manufacturing of micro molds. These micro molds enable micro injection molding in thermoplastic, silicone, and metal powder. This is leading to worldwide advancements in less invasive medical and pharmaceutical micro devices. Several key factors are involved in addressing the challenges and finding solutions for the successful assembly and implementation of these micro molds as medical devices. It is observed that most of these micro products start with some level of extreme challenge. Micro assemblies are getting more complex due to their need to fit into tiny and delicate arteries, pumps, catheters, or endoscopes with actual working micro components inside. Micro mold-flow analysis provides insurance that a particular design will fill with the intended material, as micro molds and prototype parts can be costly in their development cycle.