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Please be aware and consent to the following irreversible treatments that are necessary for the processing of your wafer to produce plastic parts. The treatments vary slightly based on the type of wafer received and are outlined below.
A successive solvent rinse consisting of Acetone, IPA, and DI will be performed to ensure all photoresist has been stripped from the silicon wafer. A piranha etch will be executed proceeding the solvent rinse to remove any organic residue from the wafer.
A silanization treatment of the wafer will be used to passivate the surface for subsequent processing steps. For etched wafers, silanization involves activation of the surface with ozone bombardment or oxygen plasma followed by exposure to silane vapor.
An ethanol soak will be used to remove any surface contaminants from the wafer.
A silanization treatment of the wafer will be used to passivate the surface for subsequent processing steps. For patterned photoresist, silanization does not involve any surface activation through ozone bombardment or oxygen plasma, only exposure to silane vapor.
The wafer will be permanently attached to a substrate (approximately ¼" thick) to preserve its integrity during subsequent processing steps. If you request wafer return, it will remain attached to this substrate.
Terms and Conditions
These Terms and Conditions, together with any order or other agreement signed by both Edge Embossing, Inc. (“Edge”) and the customer (“Customer”) (collectively, the “Agreement”), govern all purchase, sale, and other transactions between Edge and Customer involving products produced by Edge (collectively referred to herein as “Products”).
Edge will not be bound by, and specifically objects to, any term, condition, or other provision that is different from, or in addition to, the provisions of this Agreement (whether or not it would materially alter this Agreement) that may be submitted by Customer in any purchase order, receipt, acceptance, confirmation, correspondence, or otherwise, unless Edge specifically agrees to such provision in a written instrument signed by Edge.
Acceptance of Order
Customer shall submit an order only through completion of the online order form on the Edge website via edge-embossing.com (“Website”). All orders are subject to acceptance by Edge either (i) in writing, including by email, or (ii) by Edge shipping of Products to Customer. Confirmation of the submission of an order shall not constitute acceptance of order. Edge may accept any order in whole or in part and Edge’s shipment of less than all Products ordered by Customer will constitute acceptance only as to those Products shipped. Edge’s acceptance of any order by Customer for the purchase of Edge Products is expressly conditioned on Customer’s agreement to this Agreement.
Delivery; Quantity; Title
Any stated delivery time represents Edge’s intended, estimated or typical delivery time, but actual delivery times may vary and Edge shall be under no obligation to meet a specific delivery time or date unless Edge specifically agrees to a specific expedited delivery date, which is conditioned on Customer paying the expedite fee, providing all necessary information and materials, including the wafer, on a timely basis and satisfying any and all other applicable terms and conditions. Edge reserves the right to limit quantities at any time. Partial shipments may be delivered to Customer. Title passes to the Customer at the time and place of delivery to the carrier.
Price and Terms of Payment
All prices and payments shall be made in U.S. Dollars. All future pricing is subject to change without prior notice. Full payment must be received and approved before an order can begin processing. Any order not fully paid is considered unplaced. All prices are exclusive of applicable sales, use, value added, excise, federal, state, local or any other taxes other than taxes on Edge’s income. Customer shall pay all such taxes or, in lieu thereof, provide Edge with an appropriate exemption certificate. If pricing reflects a discount or rebate, pursuant to 42 C.F.R. § 1001.952, Customer may have an obligation to report the discount or rebate in applicable cost reports and/or may need to provide information concerning the discount or rebate to federal or state agencies upon request.
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CHANGE ORDERS AND CANCELLATIONS
Customer may request changes or additions to its order, but Edge shall have no obligation to make such changes. Edge may revise the price and delivery dates for any changes or additions that it accepts from Customer and Customer may not reschedule or cancel an order unless Edge approves the request in writing. Customer agrees to promptly pay any applicable cancellation or rescheduling charges.
Customer shall inspect all goods upon delivery by Edge, and should any of the goods be nonconforming goods with regards to the specifications Customer provided to Edge, Customer must notify Edge, in writing, within fourteen (14) days of delivery of the goods describing the nature of any nonconformity. If Customer fails to notify Edge in writing that goods are nonconforming within fourteen (14) days of Edge’s delivery of the goods, Edge shall not have any obligation to repair, replace or otherwise compensate Customer for nonconforming goods. Edge may determine in its sole discretion how nonconforming goods are handled. Customer may not return any Product for any reason without the prior approval of Edge’s customer service department, which shall issue a return order number for any and all authorized Product returns. Edge-authorized Product returns shall be delivered to Edge by Customer in the original packaging, clearly labeled with the return order number. If Edge inspects the allegedly nonconforming goods and reasonably determines that the goods conform in all material respects to Customer’s specifications, then Customer must reimburse Edge for any and all costs, fees and expenses required to inspect and reship such goods.
Customer represents and warrants that Customer owns all rights in and to the design of the goods that are subject to this transaction. Edge assumes no responsibility for the design of such goods. To the extent Edge’s personnel recommend any design modifications or provide design analysis, simulation or advice, they do so only to help meet the requirements of Edge’s own manufacturing process. Customer retains sole legal responsibility for the design specifications and performance of the goods, including any subsequent modifications and changes and is solely responsible for ensuring the goods and services purchased from Edge meet applicable regulatory requirements. Customer represents and warrants to Edge that no information furnished or to be furnished by Customer to Edge constitutes information classified by the U.S. federal government as confidential, secret or top secret or similar designation by any international government.
EDGE MAKES NO REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER WITH RESPECT TO ANY GOODS OR SERVICES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT.
Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Edge assumes no responsibility or liability for the selection of any materials for the goods that are the subject of this transaction. Any statements made by Edge personnel or specifications provided by Edge regarding materials should be verified by Customer with the manufacturer of that material.
CUSTOMER AGREES TO DEFEND, INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS EDGE (AND ITS EMPLOYEES, CONTRACTORS, REPRESENTATIVES AND AGENTS) FROM AND AGAINST ALL CLAIMS, LIABILITIES, LOSSES, DAMAGES, PENALTIES, FINES AND SANCTIONS OF ANY KIND (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, INTEREST, ATTORNEYS’ FEES AND EXPENSES, CUSTOMS DUTIES, FINES, TAXES, PENALTIES OR ANY OTHER GOVERNMENTAL SANCTIONS OF ANY KIND) RESULTING FROM OR ARISING OUT OF USE OF EDGE’S GOODS OR SERVICES, EDGE’S PRODUCTION OF THE GOODS OR PERFORMANCE OF THE SERVICES PURSUANT TO THE SPECIFICATIONS PROVIDED BY CUSTOMER, A BREACH OF ANY PROVISION OF THIS AGREEMENT OR ANY THIRD PARTY CLAIM FOR INFRINGEMENT OF PATENT RIGHTS, TRADEMARK, COPYRIGHTS OR MISUSE OF TRADE SECRET INFORMATION.
Edge shall not be liable for any failure to perform under this Agreement if such failure or delay is caused by acts of God, fire, storm, strikes, blackouts, labor difficulties, riots, inability to obtain materials, equipment, labor or transportation, governmental restrictions, or any other event beyond Edge’s reasonable control. In the event of any shortage of raw materials or other supplies, Edge may allocate materials and supplies among its customers in such manner as Edge may determine in its sole discretion, and shall have no liability to Customer on account of any delay or cancellation on account thereof.
Customer’s submitted wafers that were elected to be destroyed after order completion will be stored for at least sixty (60) days to ensure nonconforming goods can be handled properly. Edge’s Prototyping Tooling storage policy is such that after a twelve (12) month period of inactivity on the Prototyping Tooling, Edge may destroy the Prototyping Tooling, in its discretion.
Edge collects information that Customer provides via the Website. The types of information collected may include, but is not limited to, Customer’s name, email address, postal address, phone number, fax number, credit or debit card information, and any other information Customer provides. Edge may use such information that is collected for various purposes. This information is collected pursuant to U.S. law. By using Edge’s services or otherwise providing information to Edge, Customer consents to the processing and transfer of information in and to the U.S. and other countries.
Customer Intellectual Property
Customer shall retain sole ownership of the copyright in files, all text, illustrations, software files, designs and other materials provided by Customer to Edge as well as of any deliverables delivered to Customer during the course of Edge’s performance of services; provided, that Customer hereby grants Edge a non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide right and license to use, make and reproduce Customer’s designs, which is transferrable to subcontractors, in order to complete Edge’s services.
Edge Intellectual Property
Edge’s name, logos, and any other product or service name or slogan included in Edge’s services may not be copied, imitated, or used, in whole or in part, without the prior written permission of Edge. For the avoidance of doubt, notwithstanding any other term herein, Edge retains sole ownership in all proprietary software, processes and procedures developed by Edge relating to providing services to Customer and any modifications, improvements, and inventions that may be reduced to practice in connection with providing the services to Customer.
“Confidential Information” means any information that Customer discloses to Edge that is proprietary to Customer. Confidential Information excludes any information which: (i) was known to Edge prior to receiving that information from Customer; (ii) is generally known to the public or which becomes generally known to the public through no act or omission on the part of Edge in breach of these Terms and Conditions; or (iii) is disclosed to Edge without restriction at any time by a third party who had a legal right to disclose it. Edge will not use any Confidential Information for any purpose except for the purposes of carrying out its obligations pursuant to this Agreement. Edge will use the same degree of care (but no less than a reasonable degree of care) to protect the secrecy of and avoid disclosure and unauthorized use of the Confidential Information as Edge employs with respect to its own confidential and proprietary information. Upon Customer’s written request, Edge will destroy all documents containing or representing Confidential Information and all copies thereof, and erase any such Confidential Information from Edge’s computer systems except electronic copies that are electronically archived and not readily accessible. If requested by Customer, Edge will provide written confirmation of such return or destruction and erasure to Customer.
Customer and Edge will comply with all applicable export, restrictions and regulations of any U.S. agency or authority including but not limited to the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”) administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) under the U.S. Department of State, and embargo controls administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Controls (“OFAC”) with respect to the goods or services that are subject to this Agreement. Customer represents and warrants that the goods that are the subject of this transaction are not subject to export control or regulation by any of the regulatory authorities identified in the preceding sentence. Edge reserves the right to stop shipping or providing goods if Edge has reason to believe that any shipment or sale of goods may violate any export control law.
Customer represents and warrants that the goods that are the subject of this transaction will not be implanted in a human body and are not subject to FAA inspection. Customer certifies that its designs submitted to Edge and the manufacture and delivery of goods according to Customer’s design will not yield goods that are in violation of any federal laws.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
In no event, regardless of the nature of the claim or cause of action, whether for breach of any warranty or any other term or condition, for negligence, on the basis of strict liability or otherwise, shall Edge’s liability to Customer, or its customers, exceed the price paid by Customer for the Product giving rise to the claim or cause of action, and in no event shall Edge be liable to Customer, or its customers, for any indirect, special, incidental, consequential, punitive or exemplary damages resulting from Edge’s performance or failure to perform, or the manufacture, sale, delivery, repair, replacement, performance or use of any Products, including without limitation loss of profit or revenue even if Edge has been advised of the possibility of such loss. CUSTOMER ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THE ESTIMATED AND ACTUAL FEES AND CHARGES PAID FOR THE SERVICES REFLECT THIS LIMITATION OF LIABILITY AND ALLOCATION OF RISK.
The Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Massachusetts without regard to principles of conflict of law. The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods shall not apply to this transaction. Any suit, action or other legal proceeding arising out of or relating to this transaction shall be brought in a court of record in Boston, Massachusetts or in the courts of the United States located in Suffolk County, Massachusetts. Edge and Customer each consent to the jurisdiction of each such court in any suit, action or proceeding, and waive any objection which it may have to the laying of venue of any such suit, action or proceeding in any such courts and any claim that any such suit, action or proceeding has been brought in an inconvenient forum.
All documents, notices and legal proceedings executed, given or instituted pursuant to or relating directly hereto shall be in the English language, and the meaning of all words and phrases of this offer shall be defined, construed and interpreted in the English language.
The service requested will require the submission to be subject to cleaning processes, passivation processes, ordinary wear and tear, and possible breakage. Customer acknowledges that the wafer will not be returned in the same state as it was delivered. Customer agrees to describe the submission accurately in the order portal or risks improper handling. Please refer to the “” on the Website for wafer processing and limitations on Edge’s liability for possible breakage.
Acceptance of Risk
Edge is not responsible for any cost associated with the damage of Customer materials, including the wafers, that are submitted to Edge during shipment to Edge’s facility or return from Edge’s facility. Customer acknowledges that the estimated and actual fees and charges paid for the services reflect this limitation of liability and allocation of risk. Customer accepts the possible material handling, shipping, and unintentional risks associated with the service purchased.
Edge reserves the right to subcontract services to other vendors.
Edge reserves the right to modify any of the Terms and Conditions contained herein at any time and in its sole discretion by providing notice that these Terms and Conditions have been modified. Customer’s continued use of Edge’s services following such notice will constitute Customer’s acceptance of such changes or modifications.
Date of Policy: May 29, 2019
|Thickness||Optical Clarity||Rigidity||Chemical Resistance||Non-specific binding of proteins and cells||Glass Transition Temperature||Hydrophobicity||Birefringence||Background Fluorescence||Technical Information|
|Polypropylene||1 mm||Poor||Poor||Excellent||Low||Tg: 0°C||Hydrophobic||-||-||Datasheet|
|Polycarbonate||1 mm||Good||Excellent||Fair||High||Tg: 147°C||-||-||-||Datasheet|
|PMMA||1 mm||Good||Fair||Good||High||Tg: 113°C||Generally Hydrophilic||-||-||Datasheet|
|Polystyrene||1.2 mm||Fair||Good||Poor||High||Tg: 100°C||-||-||-||Datasheet|
|COP480R||1 mm||Excellent||Good||Excellent||Low||Tg: 138°C||-||Low||Very Low||Datasheet|
|COP1430R||1 mm||Excellent||Good||Excellent||Low||Tg: 133°C||-||Low||Very Low||Datasheet|
|COC8007S-04||1 mm||Excellent||Good||Excellent||Low||Tg: 78°C||-||Low||Very Low||Datasheet|
|COC6013M-07||1 mm||Excellent||Good||Excellent||Low||Tg: 142°C||-||Low||Very Low||Datasheet|
COC: Cyclic Olefin Copolymer
COP: Cyclic Olefin Polymer
Frequently asked questions
We accept a wide variety of geometries and feature spacing. All incoming wafers are inspected for general quality and reproducibility; if there are any concerns about a specific design we will contact you.
All materials have similar tolerances. Thickness and feature depth tend to fall within 5% of the master wafer but most projects have less than 2% variance.
Yes, as long as all of the PDMS has been removed from the wafer. If PDMS casting has caused wear or damage to features on your wafer, it will be replicated on your parts.
While diced wafers cannot be accepted through online ordering, we can quote a custom project using a diced wafer. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about a customized project.
The option to add through holes is not available through online ordering, but we can quote a custom project that includes the addition of through holes. Please contact us at email@example.com to inquire about a customized project.
The option to lid your final parts is not available through online ordering, but we can quote a custom project that includes lidding your final parts. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about a customized project.
No, we do not currently stock any off-the-shelf parts for purchase.
Please refer to our or contact us at email@example.com with any further questions.
Please see our .
No, but we work with several microfabrication vendors. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a referral.
We only offer orders of 20 parts directly through the website. If you would like to place a larger volume order please contact us at email@example.com and we can generate a custom quote for you.
If you would like to reorder a particular design, you can do so at a discounted rate from your order history page, regardless of material.
Wafers are permanently attached to a substrate. Please refer to the in our resources tab for more information.
We do not typically execute customer specific NDA’s until we engage in larger customized programs. However, we do provide full confidentiality for all customers, as outlined in our
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reach out to us at email@example.com. You can expect a response from someone on our team within 1 business day and they’ll work with you to discuss your specific needs and quote your project.
There are many methods for creating a sealed microfluidic device. The simplest is the use of a pressure-sensitive adhesive attached to plastic carrier film. Edge offers numerous customized solutions for building complete devices. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss a custom project. There are numerous literature resources (such as this article) that describe different methods of device sealing.
To ensure a safe shipment please package your wafer in a case designed to transport silicon wafers. Do not apply tape or adhesive to either side of your wafer before shipping. Spider rings are acceptable to hold wafers in place. Please contact us at email@example.com with any questions about shipping your wafer.
Please ship your wafer early enough to ensure receipt by Edge Embossing corresponding to the date highlighted in the order portal. Failure to ship your wafer on time will result in a hold on your order, delayed shipment date, or possible order cancellation.
If your wafer is damaged, during transit to Edge Embossing, the project will be canceled and you will receive a refund. Upon request, the damaged wafer can be returned to you.
All parts will be individually cleaned and securely packaged. An automated email containing the tracking information will be sent once the package leaves our facility. A packing slip outlining the service will be provided for your records.