MICRO INJECTION MOLDING
With the increasing demand for smaller and more complex parts in the electronics, biomedical and other industries, the need for a machine that is able to produce these components is also on the rise. The Battenfeld Microsystem 50 uses the polymer micro-injection process and has the capability to produce repetitively and consistently large numbers of micro components with complex shape and high surface quality at low cost. In the summer of 2011, I worked to set up and commission a Microsystem 50 at the University of Western Ontrario. I worked hands on taking apart and putting back together the machine for correct injection use. Broken parts were replaced, the control panel was configured to the appropriate speeds, forces and temperatures that would make the best parts.