Toward mass production of microtextured microdevices: linking rapid prototyping with microinjection molding

  • Andrés Díaz Lantada
  • Volker Piotter
  • Klaus Plewa
  • Nicole Barié
  • Markus Guttmann
  • Markus Wissmann


The possibility of manufacturing textured materials and devices, with surface properties controlled from the design stage, instead of being the result of machining processes or chemical attacks, is a key factor for the incorporation of advanced functionalities to a wide set of micro- and nanosystems. Recently developed high-precision additive manufacturing technologies, together with the use of fractal models linked to computer-aided design tools, allow for a precise definition and control of final surface properties for a wide set of applications, although the production of larger series based on these resources is still an unsolved challenge. However, rapid prototypes, with controlled surface topography, can be used as original masters for obtaining micromold inserts for final large-scale series manufacture of replicas using microinjection molding. In this study, an original procedure is presented, aimed at connecting rapid prototyping with microinjection molding, for the mass production of two different microtextured microsystems, linked to tissue engineering tasks, using different thermoplastics as ultimate materials.


Fractals Surface topography Material texture Materials design Computer-aided design Additive manufacturing Microinjection molding Mass production 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrés Díaz Lantada
    • 1
  • Volker Piotter
    • 2
  • Klaus Plewa
    • 2
  • Nicole Barié
    • 3
  • Markus Guttmann
    • 3
  • Markus Wissmann
    • 3
  1. 1.Product Development Laboratory, Mechanical Engineering & Manufacturing DepartmentUniversidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) ( )MadridSpain
  2. 2.Institute of Applied Materials - Materials Process TechnologyKarlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)Eggenstein-LeopoldshafenGermany
  3. 3.Institute of Microstructure TechnologyKarlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)Eggenstein-LeopoldshafenGermany

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