By Raghu Vadlamudi, Donatelle
Manufacturing medical device parts and features in the micro range is not as simple as miniaturizing macro processes. New tools, equipment, processes, and technologies are rapidly emerging to meet the unique needs at the micro size. As the industry overcomes the challenges of producing ever smaller devices, the micro-manufacturing process of the future is beginning to evolve.
WHAT IS MICRO-MANUFACTURING?
In the manufacturing world, micro-manufacturing involves a set of processes used to create either micro-scale parts or micro-scale features on a larger part. The micro-scale parts are those with sizes less than a millimeter and feature sizes in micro meters. Microfluidics slides, also called lab-on-a-chip, are an example of large parts requiring micro-manufacturing to create micro-sized channels.