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Replication fidelity improvement of PMMA microlens array based on weight evaluation and optimization
Author(s): Bing-yan Jiang; Long-jiang Shen; Hua-jiang Peng; Xiang-lin Yin
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Paper Abstract

High replication fidelity is a prerequisite of high quality plastic microlens array in injection molding. But, there's not an economical and practical method to evaluate and improve the replication fidelity until now. Based on part weight evaluation and optimization, this paper presents a new method of replication fidelity improvement. Firstly, a simplified analysis model of PMMA micro columns arrays (5×16) with 200μm diameter was set up. And then, Flow (3D) module of Moldflow MPI6.0 based on Navier-Stokes equations was used to calculate the weight of the micro columns arrays in injection molding. The effects of processing parameters (melt temperature, mold temperature, injection time, packing pressure and packing time) on the part weight were investigated in the simulations. The simulation results showed that the mold temperature and the injection time have important effects on the filling of micro columns; the optimal mold temperature and injection time for better replication fidelity could be determined by the curves of mold temperature vs part weight and injection time vs part weight. At last, the effects of processing parameters on part weight of micro columns array were studied experimentally. The experimental results showed that the increase of melt temperature and mold temperature can make the packing pressure transfer to micro cavity more effectively through runner system, and increase the part weight. From the observation results of the image measuring apparatus, it was discovered that the higher the part weight, the better the filling of the microstructures. In conclusion, part weight can be used to evaluate the replication fidelity of micro-feature structured parts primarily; which is an economical and practical method to improve the replication fidelity of microlens arrays based on weight evaluation and optimization.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 November 2007
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6722, 3rd International Symposium on Advanced Optical Manufacturing and Testing Technologies: Advanced Optical Manufacturing Technologies, 67220P (14 November 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.782886
Show Author Affiliations
Bing-yan Jiang, Central South Univ. (China)
Long-jiang Shen, Central South Univ. (China)
Hua-jiang Peng, Central South Univ. (China)
Xiang-lin Yin, Central South Univ. (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6722:
3rd International Symposium on Advanced Optical Manufacturing and Testing Technologies: Advanced Optical Manufacturing Technologies
Li Yang; Yaolong Chen; Ernst-Bernhard Kley; Rongbin Li, Editor(s)

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