Fabrication of WC micro-shaft by using electrochemical etching
Source: The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Volume 31, Numbers 7-8, January 2007 , pp. 682-687(6)
Abstract:Tungsten carbide (WC) micro-shaft can be used as various micro-tools for MEMS because of its high rigidity and toughness. In this study, we performed fabrication experiments of the WC micro-shaft using electrochemical etching. H2SO4 solution was used as the electrolyte because it can dissolve tungsten and cobalt simultaneously. Optimal electrolyte concentration and applied voltage resulting in uniform shape, good surface quality, and high material removal rate (MRR) of a workpiece were experimentally selected. A straight micro-shaft with 5 m diameter and 3 mm length was obtained by controlling the various machining parameters. Using the fabricated micro-shafts as tools, we machined a high quality micro-hole with 8 m diameter and a micro-groove with 9 m width in stainless steel 304 (304 SS).
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 2007