Speakers will cover everything from automation and micromolding
to manufacturing execution systems (MES), biodegradable materials, and 3D printing.
Fashionable are research on thin-wall molding with part thickness 100-500 ^m range, micromolding
, and lately additive manufacturing.
The company acquired the innovative Spectrum Plastics of Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2013, providing it a base in injection- and micromolding
solutions for surgical device products and surgical implantables, including bioresorbable materials.
That's where technologies like micromolding
come into play.
Rapidwerks Inc of Pleasanton, California, Is promoting Its Precision MicroMolding
manufacturing expertise in this specialized area to product designers, OEMs, and processors.
Some of the well known micro molders include Accumold, ALC Precision, Micromold Inc, American Precision Products, Makuta Technics, Micromolding
Solutions, Micro Precision Products, Precimold Inc, Rolla AG, Rapidwerks, Stack Plastics, Stamm and Sovrin Plastics among others.
Using materials known as elastomers, soft lithography methods include variations and subcategories such as microcontact printing, micromolding
, cast molding, and embossing with resolutions down to the nanometer scale.
To achieve a mass production of precise plastic microchannels, a microinjection molding process, which is the most productive one among various micromolding
technologies, was carried out using a micromold of half-circular microstructures.
Conventional techniques, such as micromolding
and organ printing, are limited by slow cell assembly, large volumes of cell suspension, complicated multi-step processes and expensive instruments.
Professor Lagae added, "At high volumes, perhaps silicon is not competitive anymore, so then we have to compare with micromolding
companies, and micromolding
companies today have not been able to realize all the functionalities" that imec can realize in silicon.
What's exciting about this work is that not only have we designed a new method for making nerve guide scaffolds which support nerve growth, we've also developed a method of easily reproducing them through micromolding
Ten chapters are arranged in sections devoted to lithography (photolithography and next-generation lithographies); pattern transfer with subtractive techniques (dry etching, wet chemical etching and we bulk micromachining, thermal energy-based removing, and mechanical energy-based removing); pattern transfer with additive techniques (physical and chemical vapor deposition, micromolding
techniques, and chemical, photochemical, electrochemical, and thermal energy-based forming techniques).