A novel technology is developed to fabricate high aspect ratio bulk titanium micro-parts by inductively coupled plasma (ICP) etching. An optimized etching rate of 0.9 μm/min has been achieved with an aspect ratio higher than 10:1. For the first time, SU-8 is used as titanium etching mask instead of the traditional hard mask such as TiO2 or SiO2. With an effective selectivity of 3 and a spun-on thickness beyond 100 μm, vertical etching sidewall and low sidewall roughness are obtained. Ultra-deep titanium etching up to 200 μm has been realized, which is among the best of the present reports. Titanium micro-springs and planks are successfully fabricated with this approach.

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