Engineering plastics are good thermal insulators. This attribute, although beneficial in certain applications, limits the utility of plastics in many heat generating applications (e.g. causes hot spots, increases device temperature).
Additionally, engineers are increasingly demanding material solutions that allow increased power output in smaller spaces (i.e. materials with heat thermal conductivity).
Imparting thermal conductivity to a plastics changes the way a part responds to heat. Thermally conductive plastics manage rather than survive thermal energy.
Thermal conductivity in a plastic provides the ability to meet demanding engineering requirements in many applications more cost effectively than other materials including metals, ceramics, and other plastics.
Thermal conductivity was a “missing property” from plastics.
POTENTIAL BENEFITS OF CONDUCTIVE POLYMERS
- Weight Reduction
- Avoid Metal Manufacture and Machining
- Inherent Corrosion Resistance
- Part Consolidation Opportunities
- Improve Safety
- Increase Reliability
- Reduce Amplification of Electrical Interference
- Extend Part and Component Life (reduced device temperature)
- Enable Flexibility in Material Choice
- Efficient Heating and Cooling
- Eliminate Need for Active Cooling
DESIGN FLEXIBILITY AND EFFICIENCY
- High Throughput Injection Molding
- Manufacture of Complex Shapes and Geometries
- Rapid Prototyping and Evaluation