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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Stretchable Inks for Wearable Technology

By using printed electronics, design options abound.  Now fashion designers have new options to explore and display their creativity.  As we all know, wearable technology is an exciting new venue for fashion designers.  Printed electronics offer designers a wide variety of options and attractive economics, helping to put electronics everywhere.

DuPont offers a wide variety of conductive inks for printed electronics applications.  Their products are formulated to meet the performance demands of many different applications, including sensors, antennas, biosensors, touch screens, touch switches, and printed heaters.

DuPont offers a complete suite of functional, stretchable electronic ink materials for smart clothing and other wearable electronics.

DuPont stretchable electronic inks provide an elegant, manufacturing-ready alternative to previous methods of embedding electronics in clothing.  The end result is a thin, form-fitting circuit that can be seamlessly fused with standard fabrics, allowing for unprecedented comfort and freedom in wearable electronics design.

DuPont stretchable inks for wearable electronics are designed to deliver stable performance despite repeated elongation.  Smart clothing enabled by DuPont inks is washable and durable – it can withstand up to 100 wash cycles.  These materials can be used in common manufacturing processes to manufacture smart clothing without significant investment.

DuPont will offer a full material suite of conductors, encapsulants, and sensors for wearable electronics, initially including:

·         DuPont PE872 stretchable conductor, which is washable with encapsulation
·         DuPont PE772 stretchable, washable dielectric encapsulant

DuPont’s printed electronic materials include a selection of conductive silver, carbon, and silver chloride inks, formulated to strike the right balance between performance and cost.  By combining these conductors with other printed electronic elements including dielectric inks, they offer the ability to form conductive traces, capacitors, and resistors.  

DuPont conductive ink technologies are compatible with many substrate surfaces including polyester, glass, and ceramics, and can be applied using screen printing as well as a variety of other processes.

They are helping the fashion industry make smart clothing which is easier to design, manufacturer, wash and wear. 

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