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A new process chain for producing bulk metallic glass replication masters with micro-and nano-scale features

Vella, Pierre, Dimov, Stefan, Brousseau, Emmanuel Bruno Jean Paul ORCID: and Whiteside, Ben 2015. A new process chain for producing bulk metallic glass replication masters with micro-and nano-scale features. International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology 76 (1-4) , pp. 523-543. 10.1007/s00170-014-6148-1

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A novel process chain for serial production of polymer-based devices incorporating both micro- and nano-scale features is proposed. The process chain is enabled by the use of Zr-based bulk metallic glasses (BMG) to achieve the necessary level of compatibility and complementarity between its component technologies. It integrates two different technologies, namely laser ablation and focused ion beam (FIB) milling for micro-structuring and sub-micron patterning, respectively, thus to fabricate inserts incorporating different length scale functional features. Two alternative laser sources, namely nano-second (NS) and pico-second (PS) lasers, were considered as potential candidates for the first step in this master-making process chain. The capabilities of the component technologies together with some issues associated with their integration were studied. To validate the replication performance of the produced masters, a Zr-based BMG insert was used to produce a small batch of micro-fluidic devices by micro-injection moulding. Furthermore, an experimental study was also carried out to determine whether it would be possible by NS laser ablation to structure the Zr-based BMG workpieces with a high surface integrity whilst retaining the BMG’s non-crystalline morphology. Collectively, it was demonstrated that the proposed process chain could be a viable fabrication route for mass production of polymer devices incorporating different length scale features.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Systems At Cardiff (CAMSAC)
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TS Manufactures
Publisher: Springer Verlag
ISSN: 0268-3768
Date of Acceptance: 7 July 2014
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2022 09:02

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