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Feasibility Study of Deep Micro Slit Making by Micro EDM With Flat Electrode

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Jing Cui, Yong Li, Ying Xiong, Hao Tong

Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Paper No. MNC2007-21521, pp. 1519-1522; 4 pages
  • 2007 First International Conference on Integration and Commercialization of Micro and Nanosystems
  • First International Conference on Integration and Commercialization of Micro and Nanosystems, Parts A and B
  • Sanya, Hainan, China, January 10–13, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Nanotechnology Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4265-7 | eISBN: 0-7918-3794-7
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


A new micro EDM technique was developed by combining the scanning and self manufacturing of flat electrode with micro slip machining. Compared to the methods of reverse-EDM with block electrode and WEDG, the self-manufacturing method of flat electrode is adopted to avoid the requirement for precision positioning between the electrodes. To manufacture micro slit on metal part, micro-EDM using flat electrode is suggested, which may have less electrode wear and higher efficiency than using rod electrode. With this method a raw rod electrode with negative polarity is used to scan a metal plate to form a through slit. Then the rod electrode is moved perpendicularly to the slit, off set from the center of the slit with certain distance. Micro flat electrode is obtained after the raw rod electrode is fed into the plate in the axial direction of the rod. Micro slits are achieved by scan machining with the micro flat electrode finally. At last deep micro-slits with aspect ratio of 18:1 and of parallel and equal width have been successfully achieved.

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