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A novel texturing of micro injection moulding tools by applying an amorphous hydrogenated carbon coating

Griffiths, C. A., Dimov, S. S., Rees, A., Dellea, O., Gavillet, J., Lacan, Franck Andre and Hirshy, Hassan 2013. A novel texturing of micro injection moulding tools by applying an amorphous hydrogenated carbon coating. Surface and Coatings Technology 235 , pp. 1-9. 10.1016/j.surfcoat.2013.07.006

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This paper investigates the effect that a novel texturing of replication tools by applying amorphous hydrogenated carbon (aC:H) coating has on the processing conditions in micro injection moulding. Texturing usually increases the surface area of tools leading to higher demoulding forces acting on the component during the ejection stage of the process. As a consequence of this the ejection forces can cause stress marks, deformation, fracture and stretching of the polymer micro features. Therefore, this research studies the effect that a textured aC:H coating with nano scale structures has on the resulting demoulding forces in comparison to an untreated tooling surface. The obtained results demonstrate the beneficial effect of the aC:H surface coating on demoulding forces in replicating nano-scale surface structures. Especially, nano bead-like texturing and nano pillars on the tools' surfaces did not increase the demoulding forces to the levels witnessed on uncoated tooling surfaces, and the aC:H coatings remained a dominant factor in determining the tool performance. The carried out proof of concept study showed that the applied surface texturing method can be considered as an alternative to existing techniques for surface structuring and at the same time to reduce demoulding forces.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Micro injection moulding; Diamond like Carbon; Surface structuring; Demoulding; Microfluidics
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0257-8972
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2017 08:47

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