Dynamic mold surface temperature control (DMTC) has the advantage of improving molded part qualities without significant increases in cycle time. A gas-assisted heating system combined with water cooling was developed to achieve DMTC for injection molding. With gas-assisted heating, it takes 2s for the mold surface temperature to vary from 60 °C to 120 °C whereas it requires 186s using water heating. Further, it takes 21s and 84s for the mold surface to cool to 60 °C under gas heating and water heating, respectively. The gas-assisted heating system also shows excellent efficiency for micro injection molding of biochips to achieve high replication accuracy of the micro channels.

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