Isometric’s Donna Bibber and Brent Hahn were recently interviewed by Design News about the growing trend of miniaturization and the micro molding industry. The demand is seen in many markets, from fiberoptic connectors to intraocular surgical instruments.
“Our main customer base has been medical and drug delivery device OEMs. Our value is in solving miniaturized device problems for fitting into tiny spaces such as surgical endoscopes, insulin pumps, wearable devices, transdermal needle arrays to name a few,” Donna Bibber, VP of business development at Isometric, told Design News. “We also produce implantables, where the parts hold a slow-release drug in the body that dissolves. Or the parts hold a hernia mesh together with material that is designed to dissolve.” Donna Bibber, VP of Business Development
In addition, the duo shares how Isometric Micro Molding is using in-house 3D micro printing to validate product design and scalability. Similar to micro-molding, these parts go beyond small to ensure successful micro manufacturing.
“Our smallest part we printed was a one-thousandth of an inch (0.001” (25 microns) thick part. Also possible with micro 3D printing are high aspect ratio components such as 0.002” thick tubes over 1.5” long, transdermal needles with extremely sharp needle points, and microfluidic channels and holes < 0.004” (100 microns),” said Brent Hahn