Integran Launches Intebond Adhesion Technology for Structural Metal-Polymer Hybrids

march 26 2012

Integran Technologies Inc. has launched their Intebond adhesion technology designed to enable the creation of high performance metal-polymer hybrid materials. This technology is a complement to Integran’s core nanocrystalline “Nanovate” electrodeposited structural metallization technology. “At Integran, we have developed world class adhesion processes for most base materials, but there are always a few that prove to be a challenge.” says Dr. Jon McCrea, R&D Manager at Integran.

The Intebond technology results in extremely high metal-to-polymer adhesion strength (peel and pull strength) and has been demonstrated on carbon fiber reinforced thermosets as well as a host of thermoplastics. Although Integran has existing processes for directly metalizing high stiffness thermoplastics such as polyether ether ketones (PEEK), polyphenylene sulfides (PPS) and polyetherimides (PEI) (e.g. Ultem), Intebond provides another option for plastics that are difficult to metalize. Not only does the Intebond provide high metal adhesion to these materials, but it also effectively serves as a load transfer buffer between the underlying polymer and its structural exoskeleton resulting in augmented structural and functional performance properties in the form of weight-optimized metal-polymer hybrids.

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