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Publication Date: 09/1/2012
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Conductive Compounds: Conductive Inks for Molded Plastic Parts
Conducive ink printed on drawn plastic with U.S. 10-cent piece for size comparison.
Hudson, NH — Conductive Compounds Inc. has introduced a new series of specialty conductive inks designed for plastic molding applications. These conductive inks can be printed onto flat plastic substrate films using conventional screen, gravure or pad printing techniques. After drying the inks, the plastic film can then be formed into shape using heat and pressure, and the printed conductive ink traces will follow the contour of the molded part. Even with sharp bends and deep draw sections in the molded part, the conductive ink traces will maintain conductivity. These new conductive inks allow design engineers to incorporate electronic circuit traces easily into molded parts, such as automotive interior components, without the additional manufacturing step of attaching a circuit to a molded part. These moldable conductive inks have been used to fabricate antennas on automotive bumpers for proximity sensors where the molded parts incorporated deep draw sections up to four inches (10cm) deep without losing significant electrical conductivity in the printed antenna. The new inks can provide improved construction and more efficient production of moldable parts which were not previously possible.

Contact: Conductive Compounds, Inc., 17 Hampshire Drive, Unit 8, Hudson, NH 03051 603-595-6221 fax: 603-595-6228 E-mail: Web:

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