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A 3d printing and moulding method of the fabrication of a miniature voice coil motor actuator Yuan, Kaiwen


The goal of this project is to apply 3D printing and moulding (3DPM) methods for the fabrication of a miniature magnetic actuator for optical image stabilization (OIS) applications. Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) and strontium ferrite (SrFe) nano powder were used as the main structural material. Young’s modulus and the magnetization of the material with SrFe-doping ratios ranging from 20% to 60% by weight were characterized. The actuator, consisting of four coils, an actuating plate, and a base supporter was assembled and tested with a Laser Doppler Velocimetry (LDV) system. A tilting angle of 0.6º was achieved with the application of 500 mA (50 turns/9 mm long coils). A Taguchi’s orthogonal experimental design was used in the finite element analysis (FEA) simulation to examine the effect of dimension variations on the eigenfrequencies. Frequency response of the actuator was characterized and the experimental results matched with the simulation results between 1 and 450 Hz showing less than 5% errors. A series of replica experiments were also performed and analyzed.

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