This book presents applicable knowledge of technology, equipment and applications, and the core economic issues of micromanufacturing for anyone with a basic understanding of manufacturing, material, or product engineering. It explains micro-engineering issues (design, systems, materials, market and industrial development), technologies, facilities, organization, competitiveness, and innovation with an analysis of future potential. The machining, forming, and joining of miniature/micro-products are all covered in depth, covering: grinding/milling, laser applications, and photo chemical etching; embossing (hot & UV), injection molding and forming (bulk, sheet, hydro, laser); and, mechanical assembly, laser joining, soldering, and packaging. This work presents case studies, material and design considerations, working principles, process configurations, and information on tools, equipment, parameters and control. It explains the many facets of recently emerging additive/hybrid technologies and systems, including: photo-electric-forming, liga, surface treatment, and thin film fabrication. It outlines system engineering issues pertaining to handling, metrology, testing, integration & software. It explains widely used micro parts in bio/medical industry, information technology and automotive engineering. This work covers technologies in high demand, such as: micro-mechanical-cutting, lasermachining, micro-forming, micro-EDM, micro-joining, photo-chemical-etching, photo-electro-forming, and micro-packaging.
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