Conclusions and Perspectives
The goal defined at the very beginning of this work was to study the role of surface forces in microassembly, and particularly, to assess the influence of capillary forces in one of the assembly tasks, i.e., handling.
One of the first issues to be addressed was to grasp the framework of microassembly. This has been led in Part I: it is shown that the classical approaches to assemble components can be renewed by using different assembly models (such as, for example, internal or stochastic assembly) or different handling principles. From a literature review on gripping principles, it turns out that one of these handling principles, namely the surface tension based handling, can lead to the set up of a capillary gripper prototype.
KeywordsSurface Tension Contact Angle Capillary Force Residual Volume Liquid Bridge
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