, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 32-36

Polymer microfabrication technologies

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 The need for low-cost microfabrication technologies in modern life-sciences is described. The article compares the replication technologies, hot embossing and micro-injection moulding and gives an overview over the technologies used for fabrication of the replication masters. The back-end processes transforming the replicated plastic part into a complete microsystem are described. Some manufacturing issues of mass production are discussed.

Received: 22 June 2001/Accepted: 18 July 2001