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Design of an Endoscopic Micro Optical Part for Fabrication With Micro Two Shot Injection Moulding

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Luke Said, Philip Farrugia, Arif Rochman, Pierre Vella

University of Malta, Msida, Malta

Paper No. DETC2014-34271, pp. V004T06A012; 10 pages
  • ASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 4: 19th Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference; 8th International Conference on Micro- and Nanosystems
  • Buffalo, New York, USA, August 17–20, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4635-3
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


Micro two shot injection moulding (μtwo shot IM) is a manufacturing process capable of simultaneously replicating two polymeric parts and assembling them; removing the requirement for costly micro assembly. Endoscopes are used in medical environments to observe areas that are otherwise unobservable. μTwo shot IM has the potential to simultaneously replicate and assemble polymer lenses for endoscope imaging and assembling them to their required housing. In view of this, this paper contributes a case study part for application of μtwo shot injection moulding in the fabrication of an endoscopic micro optical component. This paper covers several aspects involved in the design of such a part. This novel design concept consists of an optical component and a housing component moulded sequentially on top of each other using μtwo shot IM. The lens component consisted of three lenses with a common base moulded as the first shot. The second shot moulded on onto the optical component was the housing component incorporating an external thread for interchangeability. From a material selection exercise it was concluded that cyclic olefin copolymer (COC) shall be used as the optical material and polyoxymethylene (POM) shall be used as the housing material. One major concern in the design of such a part is the deformation of the optical material by the housing material due to softening via heat transfer. Simulations of such a scenario were carried out and it was indicated that the functionality of the optical material shall not be compromised.

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