DuPont’s new in-mold electronic inks enable circuits to be printed directly onto plastic substrates, and allow touch controls, such as electronic buttons, switches and slides, to be readily integrated in applications such as home appliances and automobiles.
“DuPont continues to push the limits of printed electronics with advanced materials for a broadening range of applications,” said Steven Willoughby, global segment leader, DuPont Microcircuit Materials. “Thanks to these types of innovations, the opportunities for printed electronics are practically endless.”
DuPont will highlight:
• New prototypes for wearable electronics, including a sensing headband, gaming gloves, shoe insole and biometric shirt; all made using DuPont stretchable electronic ink materials. The inks provide a manufacturing-ready alternative to traditional methods of embedding electronics in clothing and are used to create thin, form-fitting circuits that can be seamlessly bonded with many standard fabrics. New inks for wearable electronics being introduced this year include DuPont™ PE671 and PE971 sensor materials, DuPont PE873 and PE874 conductor materials with improved stretch, and DuPont PE773 encapsulant with improved printability.
• A new suite of in-mold electronic inks designed to help streamline electronic devices by reducing the need for rigid circuit boards. These inks enable circuits to be printed directly onto plastic substrates, and allow touch controls, such as electronic buttons, switches and slides, to be readily integrated in applications such as home appliances and automobiles.
• New low-temperature inks that cure quickly at temperatures as low as 60°C, opening up the possibility for printed electronics designers to use less expensive plastic films.
• New DuPont Kapton polyimide inks for high-temperature printed electronic applications such as heaters.