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Future Trends: Printed Electronic Materials and More

Carl Fiddler | February 23rd-2017 | No Comments
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The Functional Film Blog sat down with members of DUNMORE’s product development and technical team. We asked questions related to the past, present, and future of film technology and how film materials have played a disruptive role. The following interview is with DUNMORE’s VP of Technology.

Advancements in plastics, metals, and glass have evolved significantly over the past 25 years. Where do you see film materials being used more frequently in the future?

Printed Electronic Materials

There is a lot of development and technology evaluation going on in the electronics market. More specifically, you are seeing resources going into printed electronic materials used for wearable electronics, IoT devices, medical sensors and more. In the future I think there is going to be an increase in different types of plastic films used as base substrates for printed electronic materials. In addition to being light weight, plastic films will help reduce manufacturing costs and will open up design possibilities that will allow you to incorporate electronics into things that are currently not possible.

In order for this to occur, adhesion promoting primer coatings enable manufacturers to produce laminates made of different substrates. New primers and print treated films support the development of stretchable, wearable, printed electronic technologies. In addition, films that can conform with the fabric that you are applying the electronics need to be stretchable and washable.

Films for Architectural Applications

We are also seeing more applications for plastic films used in the building / construction and architectural markets. Films will be used to replace glass, shade applications, and for energy reduction. The use of film for architectural applications is already taking place in Europe. You are just starting to see a greater adoption of architectural films in the United States. Films such as ETFE incorporate coatings that are IR reflective and also reduces the UV radiation inside buildings. These materials help protect the inside of buildings and reduces fading of interior materials.

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