Property measurement and processing parameter optimization for polylactide micro structure fabrication by thermal imprint

Fuh Yu Chang, Ping Tun Teng, Tsan Hung Tsai

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Polylactide (PLA) is a thermoplastic polymer derived from renewable resources. In this study, we measured the material properties and forming conditions of PLA under the thermal imprint process. The properties of PLA were investigated under various imprint temperatures and imprint times. The results show that increasing the imprint temperature and imprint time results in a progressive rise in Young's modulus and a decrease in elongation at break. Furthermore, if the imprint time exceeds 10 min, crystallinity at imprint temperatures 90 and 110°C increases visibly. Measurements of rheology properties was performed and the results show viscoelastic behaviors which are combination of irreversible viscous flow and reversible elastic deformation at the temperature of 110-180°C. The forming conditions of PLA micro structures under thermal imprint technology were studied based on the Taguchi method. The experimental results show that the transfer rate was enhanced to 96.3%. This study therefore contributes to research on the fabrication of biomedical devices using biodegradable polymers produced by the thermal imprint process.

Original languageEnglish
Article number06GJ09
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics
Issue number6 PART 2
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jun 1


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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