Dycotec Materials announces it will collaborate with CPI (Centre for Process Innovation) and KYMIRA Ltd to develop high performance advanced material inks to enable integration of flexible electronic systems into comfortable, smart garments for remote biosensing and monitoring within healthcare and professional sports. The work will build on Dycotec’s range of stretchable printed ink systems that are designed for use in wearable applications.

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Funded in partnership with Innovate UK, the project will build on extensive prior knowledge developed by all partners, delivering the knowhow to create manufacturable e‑textiles that can survive the rigours, stresses and strains associated with conventional clothing. The key objectives of this work are to:

  • Formulate new, robust, washable inks, adhesives and encapsulants for wearable technology (DYCOTEC)
  • Scale up the flexible electronics production and assembly processes to industrially relevant volumes. (CPI)
  • Design, develop and test of smart garment, working with key clients to ensure products meet market requirements (KYMIRA)

The consortium aims to develop demonstrable prototypes of sporting and medical garments ahead of future manufacturing. Each of the project partners have developed synergistic, early stage technologies demonstrating different aspects of flexible electronics for textile integration, from functional electronic materials, printing and fabrication process up-scale, to the design and integration of electronics into garments.

Wearable electronics offers a remarkable opportunity for tackling key societal healthcare challenges. The European Parliament Scientific and Technology Options Assessment Panel has identified wearables as one of the ten technologies that will change our lives in the coming years. The results from this proposal have the potential to cover a broad range of the UK government’s Industrial Strategy points; immediately addressing the need for value added manufacturing by industrialising the next generation of e‑textiles.

Duncan Lindsay, Business Development Director at CPI, said: ​“We are delighted to be providing our expertise and state of the art equipment to tackle the important challenge of scaling up production of flexible electronics for e‑textiles. The Feelers project demonstrates the importance of bringing end-users into the development process, and CPI is playing a vital role in this, helping bring an idea to commercialisation’’.

“We are delighted to be part of the project, which enables Dycotec Materials to extend its existing portfolio of products, including conductive, insulating and adhesive inks for the wearables market. We see great opportunity working with companies at the forefront of wearable technology such as KYMIRA and look forward to closely collaborating with the world renowned UK centre for printed electronics, CPI” stated Dr Ian Clark, Director of Business Development at Dycotec Materials Ltd.

Phil Kunovski, CTO at KYMIRA Ltd added, ​“I’ve been looking forward to starting this project ever since we received the positive notification from Innovate UK. This planned work as part of this industrial research will be critical to many of KYMIRA’s smart garment ambitions, and I’m very pleased to be working with both CPI and Dycotec Materials, both of whom are highly capable and knowledgeable partners in their respective fields.”

 

Applications

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Smart Glass

Our high electrical conductivity and durable conductive materials are used in the fabrication of the electronic bus-bar strips for smart windows use.

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Heaters

Our overcoat, conductive adhesive and conductive inks are tailored for use in either transparent or more standard printed heater coils.

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Antenna

The use of our high electrical conductivity copper, silver or carbon inks ensures that high frequency antenna systems can be cost effectively manufactured.

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Printed Circuit Board

Our high performance conductive inks and adhesive materials, which are capable of withstanding high temperature processing can be used in the manufacture of printed circuit boards.

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In-Mold Electronics

Our extensive product portfolio provides all the necessary material sets required for In-Mold Electronics

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Sensors

Our high electrical conductivity and durable conductive materials are used in the fabrication of the electronic bus-bar strips for smart windows use.

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Solar / Photovoltaic

Our conductive and insulating materials offer long lifetime performance for use in the manufacture of high efficiency thin film solar cells.

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Display

Our overcoat materials used in combination with our conductive silver and copper based conductive materials are used in OLED and Touch displays.
Our materials utilise an environmentally friendly and cost effective additive approach.

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Wearable/Stretchable

We provide a portfolio of inks for use in wearable technology including stretchable and washable conductive inks, encapsulants and adhesives