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Manufacture of High Aspect Ratio Bulk Titanium Micro-Parts by Inductively Coupled Plasma Etching

[+] Author Affiliations
Gang Zhao, Qiong Shu, Yue Li, Jing Chen

Peking University, Beijing, China

Paper No. MicroNano2008-70125, pp. 605-608; 4 pages
  • 2008 Second International Conference on Integration and Commercialization of Micro and Nanosystems
  • 2008 Second International Conference on Integration and Commercialization of Micro and Nanosystems
  • Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong, June 3–5, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Nanotechnology Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4294-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-3819-6
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


A novel technology is developed to fabricate high aspect ratio bulk titanium micro-parts by inductively coupled plasma (ICP) etching. An optimized etching rate of 0.9 μm/min has been achieved with an aspect ratio higher than 10:1. For the first time, SU-8 is used as titanium etching mask instead of the traditional hard mask such as TiO2 or SiO2 . With an effective selectivity of 3 and a spun-on thickness beyond 100 μm, vertical etching sidewall and low sidewall roughness are obtained. Ultra-deep titanium etching up to 200 μm has been realized, which is among the best of the present reports. Titanium micro-springs and planks are successfully fabricated with this approach.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME



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