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Silicon-processed overhanging microgripper

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3 Author(s)
Kim, C.-J. ; Dept. of Mech. Eng., California Univ., Berkeley, CA, USA ; Pisano, A.P. ; Muller, R.S.

A silicon-processed microgripper, suitable for mounting on a micropositioner, has been designed and fabricated by combining surface and bulk micromachining. The microgripper consists of a silicon die (7 mm×5 mm), a 1.5 mm long support cantilever, made from boron-doped silicon substrate material (protruding from the die), and a 400 μm long polysilicon overhanging gripper extending from the end of the support cantilever. The microgripper is electrostatically driven by flexible, interdigitated comb pairs and has significantly smaller feature sizes than have been reported previously for overhanging microstructures. Problems addressed successfully in the microgripper fabrication include the protection of surface-micromachined fine structures during bulk-silicon etching and rinsing. The microgripper has successfully seized several microscopic objects in laboratory experiments

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Microelectromechanical Systems, Journal of  (Volume:1 ,  Issue: 1 )