Micro-Scale Part Manipulation on a Liquid Interface through Interface Curvature Effects

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Microscale assembly has many factors that limit assembly rates [1]. At this scale, capillary interactions between particles and nearby substrates are significant, and can be utilized for controlling assembly processes [2,3]. Typically these assembly processes involve direct capillary bonding, but lateral capillary forces can also be applied to floating parts by changing the local curvature of the fluid interface [4]. In this work, we introduce some basic concepts of a microscale component integration system that utilizes local changes in the fluid interface curvature to manipulate floating prismatic parts. Two approaches for achieving fluidic micro-integration, on a water-oil interface, are proposed. The first technique is intended to individually acquire, re-position and release floating parts. It has the capability of short distance part translation/orientation. The second technique provides long-distance part conveying.

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ASME 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, v. 9, p. 731-733, art. IMECE2012-89895