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Replicating polymer micro-fluidic devices using laser-fabricated glass-ceramic stamps
Author(s): Joohan Kim; Xianfan Xu
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Paper Abstract

Laser-based mass production of micro structures may not be suitable in many cases because it is a serial process: devices are fabricated one by one only. Replication techniques for fabricating nano/micro structures have been investigated and developed for a long time and in our work, we present replicating micro structures in polymers using laser fabricated glass-ceramic stamps. A micro stamping process applying heat and pressure, also referred to as hot embossing, can replicate micro structures on polymer surfaces. By reforming thermoplastics, micro features can be transferred to polymer surfaces. Hot embossing normally employs metal and or silicon stamps. In this work, we use a glass-ceramic stamp which can be easily and quickly fabricated with a laser-based pattern transferring technique. In addition, a micro stamping device has been designed and developed for this process. Many micro structures such as micro channels, capillaries, and micro diffusers are produced and the advantages of this process are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 October 2004
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 5662, Fifth International Symposium on Laser Precision Microfabrication, (8 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.596296
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Joohan Kim, Purdue Univ. (United States)
Xianfan Xu, Purdue Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5662:
Fifth International Symposium on Laser Precision Microfabrication
Isamu Miyamoto; Henry Helvajian; Kazuyoshi Itoh; Kojiro F. Kobayashi; Andreas Ostendorf; Koji Sugioka, Editor(s)

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