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1. (WO2016097756) MICRO MOULDING PROCESS

Pub. No.:    WO/2016/097756    International Application No.:    PCT/GB2015/054071
Publication Date: Jun 23, 2016 International Filing Date: Dec 18, 2015
IPC: B29C 33/42
B29C 37/00
B29C 39/02
B29C 39/12
B29C 41/00
Applicants: THE NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY
Inventors: STEVENS, Robert
Title: MICRO MOULDING PROCESS
Abstract:
The disclosure relates to a micro moulding process for forming structures with a functional surface, and in particular to a method of forming a functional surface by electrostatic spraying of functional materials and a resulting structure comprising a functional surface. Embodiments disclosed include a method of forming a structure with a functional surface, the method comprising the steps of: providing a mould (10) comprising an array of cavities (11) across a first upper surface of the mould (10); depositing a functional material (14) within the cavities (11) by electrostatic spraying of the functional material across the upper surface (12) of the mould (10); filling the cavities (11) with a curable polymer (31); and removing the cured polymer (31) from the mould (10), resulting in a structure formed of the cured polymer (31) having the functional material (14) bonded to the surface.