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Transactions of Nonferrous Metals Society of China

Vol. 22    No. 2    December 2012

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Machine and tool development for forming of polymeric tubular micro-components
Jie ZHAO, Arthur Lan Kuan YIP, Yi QIN, Akhtar RAZALI, Zhi-cong FEI

Department of Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management, The University of Strathclyde,
Glasgow, G1 1XJ, UK

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.


Key words: hot-embossing; micro-forming; desktop micro-manufacturing system; polymeric tubular micro-components

ISSN 1004-0609
CN 43-1238/TG

ISSN 1003-6326
CN 43-1239/TG

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