Rapid Replication of High Aspect Ratio Molds for UV Embossing
Author(s)Yan, Yehai; Chan-Park, Mary Bee-Eng; Yue, Chee Yoon
This paper describes a promising fabrication technique for rapid replication of high aspect ratio microstructured molds for UV embossing. The process involves casting silicone rubber on a microstructured master, replicating an epoxy mold using the PDMS rubber mold and finally, metallizing the surfaces of the epoxy mold by electroless plating nickel (EN). The preliminary study suggests that this technique is feasible for rapid replication of high aspect ratio molds for UV embossing. Uniform molds can be replicated rapidly through this technique making the process economical and accessible.
Innovation in Manufacturing Systems and Technology (IMST);
rapid replication, high aspect ratio microstructured mold, UV embossing