Abraham P. Lee - Walnut Creek CA
M. Allen Northrup - Berkeley CA
Paul E. Ahre - Livermore CA
Peter C. Dupuy - Modesto CA
A mold assembly with micro-sized features in which the hollow portion thereof is fabricated from a sacrificial mandrel which is surface treated and then coated to form an outer shell. The sacrificial mandrel is then selectively etched away leaving the outer shell as the final product. The sacrificial mandrel is fabricated by a precision lathe, for example, so that when removed by etching the inner or hollow area has diameters as small as 10's of micros (. mu. m). Varying the inside diameter contours of the mold can be accomplished with specified ramping slopes formed on the outer surface of the sacrificial mandrel, with the inside or hollow section being, for example, 275. mu. m in length up to 150. mu. m in diameter within a 6 mm outside diameter (o. d. ) mold assembly.