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REPLICATION PROCESS

 

 

The Key to the process is a two-part silicon rubber compound that C-K Engineering identified early in the development process. This compound can replicate structures as fine as 0.7 micron(3.9 x10-6 inches). The compound starts as a thixotropic liquid (A liquid that only flows when agitated), the compound is applied to the replicator apparatus, and then the apparatus is inserted into the bore to be replicated. The silicon rubber takes approximately 12 to 15 minutes to fully cure. After completely curing the finished replicate can be removed and analyzed. Analysis with an optical microscope, interferometer, laser measuring, and SEM are possible. Both replicator systems come with a versatile, low cost interferometer.