Panasonic Corporation has developed a new soft and flexible polymer resin film intended for use in stretchable electronic devices.
This newly developed product is an insulating film material, made from a thermosetting resin and unique design technology, that enables it to stretch and return to its original shape, a feature hard to find in conventional flexible materials.
Crucially, the resin film is said to adapt to different ways of folding and to different surfaces, which substantially reduces design constraints for items such as clothing.
The newly developed material, says Panasonic, can be used in a broad range of applications, from wearable devices to sensors, displays, and robots.
Benefits of the new material include the capability to relax internal stresses arising from stretch, returning to its original shape, and withstanding repeated use.
Additionally, the company has developed of a stretchable transparent electrode material and conductive paste along with the insulating material in order to allow the material to have an electronic circuit even when stretching and reforming into different shapes.