Design and fabrication of polymer microfluidic substrates using the optical disc process

Chun Han Wu, Chun Hwa Chen, Kuo Wei Fan, Wen Syang Hsu, Yu-Cheng Lin

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Abstract

This paper presents a new method for manufacturing a microfluidic structure on a polymer-based substrate. The method uses a new optical disc process to prevent damage on the mirror plate of the mold. In addition, the cycle time of the injection molding can be reduced several ten-folds compared to the conventional methods by means of a new cooling system. The molding system is comprised of a mold insert (stamper) holder and vacuum system to join the mold insert with the mold. As a result the time to change the mold insert is drastically decreased. Our proposed method has the ability to reduce the time required to insert the mold from several hours to a few minutes, prevent damage on the mirror plate of the mold, and decrease the cycle time of injection molding from several minutes to 5-8 s. The experimental results have demonstrated that the proposed method is suitable to be applied to mass production.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)310-317
Number of pages8
JournalSensors and Actuators, A: Physical
Volume139
Issue number1-2 SPEC. ISS.
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Sep 12

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optical disks
Microfluidics
Injection molding
Polymers
Mirrors
Fabrication
fabrication
Die casting inserts
inserts
polymers
Substrates
Cooling systems
Molding
Vacuum
injection molding
mirrors
damage
cycles
vacuum systems
cooling systems

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Instrumentation
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Wu, Chun Han ; Chen, Chun Hwa ; Fan, Kuo Wei ; Hsu, Wen Syang ; Lin, Yu-Cheng. / Design and fabrication of polymer microfluidic substrates using the optical disc process. In: Sensors and Actuators, A: Physical. 2007 ; Vol. 139, No. 1-2 SPEC. ISS. pp. 310-317.
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Design and fabrication of polymer microfluidic substrates using the optical disc process. / Wu, Chun Han; Chen, Chun Hwa; Fan, Kuo Wei; Hsu, Wen Syang; Lin, Yu-Cheng.

In: Sensors and Actuators, A: Physical, Vol. 139, No. 1-2 SPEC. ISS., 12.09.2007, p. 310-317.

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