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DuPont™ Kapton® Films: Everyday, Every Way

Posted by Mack Hendrick on Jul 9, 2014 2:57:00 PM

Far from Common

While DuPont™ Kapton® polyimide film is found in many common products the everyday consumer uses or benefits from every day, it’s far from common. With a 45-year legacy, it has set the industry standard providing reliable, durable performance under harsh conditions.

Its impressive versatility and thermal range allow for applications we might take for granted—everything from smart phones and spacesuits to cryogenics and extreme vacuum environments. Among its countless applications in industries worldwide, it thermally insulates, can withstand extreme vibration, and protects against extreme heat and cold, chemicals, and radiation. Kapton® films come in a wide range of thicknesses and can be shaped, punched, or molded. Among the many innovative design solutions Kapton® films are used for are sunshields for high-powered telescopes, microelectronics, solar sails, wind energy, automotive and railway efficiencies, and 3D printers.

What Does This Mean for Industry Insiders?

Kapton® films provide an amazing array of properties, thanks to their specially tailored properties and capabilities. Variations are available for specific applications where the properties are tailored in the formation of the polymers.

The properties of Kapton® films can be tailored for:

  • Extreme temperature resistance
  • Electrical insulation
  • Thermal conductivity
  • Electrostatic dissipation
  • Dimensional stability
  • Lamination
  • Pigmented for color
  • Electrical conductivity

When fabricated, using:

  • Die cutting
  • Sheeting
  • Slitting
  • Heat-sealing techniques
  • Thermoforming

Kapton® films can be used in many different forms:

  • Wire and cable tapes
  • Formed coil insulation
  • Flexible printed circuit substrates
  • Motor slot liners
  • Insulation for capacitors and transformers
  • Pressure-sensitive and magnetic tapes
  • Cryogenic storage
  • Tubing

With such a wide array of properties and special formulations, there is undoubtedly a Kapton® film for any demanding application. Combining these properties with custom fabrication techniques makes it possible to fit them into any project.

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