Materials meet rapidly-changing design and functional requirements of portable electronics market

14-Jul-11
Mitsubishi Engineering-Plastics, the global leader in high performance Laser Direct Structuring (LDS) materials, meets the rapidly-changing design and functional requirements of the portable electronics market with the first-time availability of full-color XANTAR® LDS grades, including newly-introduced full-color high practical impact strength, and chlorine- and bromine-free innovations. The enhancement of XANTAR® PC and PC/ABS LDS portfolio to cover the complete color spectrum heralds a breakaway from the traditional blacks and grays of electronic parts. Combined with the range’s versatility it creates virtually endless design opportunities for customers in the aesthetic- and function-driven application segments of mobile and smart phones, tablets, and ultra-thin notebooks. XANTAR® LDS 3723 (PC/ABS) is specifically tailored to provide excellent practical impact strength, enabling non-black colored mobile phone housings or other hand-held telecom devices to pass the stringent industry drop or tumble tests. New XANTAR® LDS 3733 (PC) supports flexible 3D-design possibilities for antennas with excellent signal performance; a key element in the successful development of cutting-edge designs and features. The grade enhances the benefits of XANTAR® LDS 3723 (PC/ABS) with a second-to-none chlorine-free and bromine-free UL 94 performance of V-1 performance at 1.50 mm and V-0 at 3.0 mm. Laser Direct Structuring (LDS): Diversification, styling, miniaturization and cost reduction are trends in portable electronics. LDS is becoming increasingly popular as the MID technology to enable an increased number of novel functions available inside appealing housings and covers, such as smart phones and notebooks. With LDS, tailored plastic materials are activated locally using a laser, and subsequently metalized exclusively in the activated areas, thus enabling a fast, highly flexible and 3D-design of for instance antennas in existing parts such as covers and frame.
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