MTD MicroSeries

The MTD MicroSeries is a collection of medical micromolding industry briefs, based on 45 years of experience. We discuss a range of micromolding topics, from understanding the capabilities of micro technology to learning about the latest medical device manufacturing breakthroughs.

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Issue 1701

How to Avoid the Top 8 Micro Design Mistakes

Recommendations for creating successful designs from the start

Nothing is more frustrating for micro part designers than to spend countless hours on a new drawing, only to get to the manufacturing phase and find out they need to make significant revisions or compromises. Learn how to improve the manufacturability of your next micro design.

MicroSeries 1602
Issue 1602

High Volume Bioabsorbable Micro Component Production

How to Ramp Up Production While Decreasing Piece Part Price

When OEMs prepare to increase production volume of a micromolded component, many focus on multi-cavitation tooling as a strategy to reduce piece part price. While increasing cavitation may be a cost-effective approach for higher volumes of simple thermoplastic parts, it is typically not the best approach for micromolded parts, especially those that are bioabsorbable, or made from other high dollar value materials.

MicroSeries 1601
Issue 1601

The Smallest Part in the World

From late 2010 to 2012, MTD Micro Molding successfully molded an EVA ophthalmic part that weighs in at 0.00000313 grams. It is an ophthalmic implant for glaucoma treatment. This feat required MTD’s Sarix technology to make a precise gate needed for such a tiny part. The gate measured .0018 x .0008 inches.

Issue 1404

The Two Great Myths of Micromolding

The Information Vacuum That Can Lead to Costly “Micro-Misconceptions”

Many design engineers express interesting, but incorrect, perspectives relating to Micromolded parts. Because Micromolding is an emerging technology with a shortage of accurate information in existence, this information vacuum creates fertile ground for myths and misconceptions. Most myths relate to the designers’ prior experience with normal or sometimes called, macro injection molding.

Issue 1403

Micromolding and 3D Printing

New photos show crisp, well defined features from micromolding

The advantages of 3D Printing as a model and prototype-making process have excited the overall product development community. This is because of quick lead times and new design freedoms that offer flexibility not found in previous tooling-based prototyping and modeling technologies. Therefore, it is natural that the successes experienced by those using 3D Printing in the “Macro-World” would inspire similar experimentation in the “Micro-World” too.

Issue 1402

MTD Leads Micromolding Material Science

12 Years of Developing Micromolding Processes for Bioresorbable Materials

Successful Micromolding relies on a balanced combination of specialized technologies and customized equipment, of which MTD’s 13-Element MicroSeries™ is an excellent example. The customer benefits are increased design freedom, improved manufacturing reliability, and world-class value.

Issue 1401

The Scientific Approach to Micromolding

Successful Micromolding relies on a balanced combination of specialized technologies and customized equipment, of which MTD’s 13-Element MicroSeries™ is an excellent example. The customer benefits are increased design freedom, improved manufacturing reliability, and world-class value.