Patent Number: 7,465,419

Title: Method for providing a compliant cantilevered micromold

Abstract: A compliant cantilevered three-dimensional micromold is provided. The compliant cantilevered micromold is suitable for use in the replication of cantilevered microparts and greatly simplifies the replication of such cantilevered parts. The compliant cantilevered micromold may be used to fabricate microparts using casting or electroforming techniques. When the compliant micromold is used to fabricate electroformed cantilevered parts, the micromold will also comprise an electrically conducting base formed by a porous metal substrate that is embedded within the compliant cantilevered micromold. Methods for fabricating the compliant cantilevered micromold as well as methods of replicating cantilevered microparts using the compliant cantilevered micromold are also provided.

Inventors: Morales; Alfredo M. (Livermore, CA), Domeier; Linda A. (Danville, CA), Gonzales; Marcela G. (Shoreline, WA), Keifer; Patrick N. (Livermore, CA), Garino; Terry J. (Albuquerque, NM)

Assignee: Sandia Corporation

International Classification: B29C 33/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2021-12-16 0:00:00