What if inexpensive, lightweight plastic were capable of conducting electricity? Thomas Aisenbrey, Inventor and General Manager for Bellingham-based Integral Technologies, may have discovered an epochal building block that has the potential to revolutionize the design world.
Moldable Conductive Plastics, or Electriplast, is a polymer blend that can be used to conduct electricity or as an antenna. In other words, this plastic advance could end up being a stand-alone replacement for metals in virtually every electronics device.
"ElectriPlast is a proprietary recipe capable of creating a vast family of highly conductive polymers," explains CEO William Robinson. "These can be molded into virtually any shape or dimension that any other plastic, rubber, or other polymer can be molded into."
The idea seems simple: free designers from the constraints that have previously hindered them by providing an able alternative to metals. ElectriPlast does what no plastic has done before, it can carry electrical currents as capably as copper. ElectriPlast consists of small pellets of plastic-wrapped metal fibers that, when poured into a hot molding machine and shaped, may help streamline production of all electronics. There are more than 118 patents filed around the product and its use.
To grasp the breadth of the ElectriPlast potential, one would need to take apart any electronics device: at the core of the fundamental product design, one invariably finds copper or metal being used to carry electrical current.
"Ask any design team about the use of plastic as a replacement for copper in these applications and most will say it can't be done," says Aisenbrey. "That is until they experience a demonstration," says Aisenbrey, who after spending years in his laboratory perfecting hundreds of formulations and blends of the material has actively begun showcasing ElectriPlast.
With their official manufacturing partner, Jasper Rubber Products, Integral is currently working to apply their innovations toward the creation of antennas, apparel, appliances, audio & visual devices, automotive products, batteries, cables, computers, electrical and heating systems, and more. For more information visit www.itkg.net.
IRG for Integral Technologies, Inc.
Mike Graff, 212-825-3210