UV / EB curable inks are used in many applications ranging from wind turbines to contact lenses due to their high production speeds and low production costs, reduced emissions of VOCs, Hazardous Air Pollutants and CO2, and improved properties of finishes. A few of the largest markets are described below.
Energy curable technology adoption is gaining momentum in the adhesives market for enhanced packaging designs, laminating, pressure sensitive applications, acrylic fingernails and cosmetics, bandages, and orthopedic and other medical devices.
Energy curing materials are increasingly used in coating dental fillings, syringes, hearing aids, connectors, and tubing, as well as in medical device assembly. UV inks used for medical and dental devices must be formulated with raw materials designed for low migration and provide the necessary hardness, chemical resistance and stability.
Energy curable materials are used to coat airframes, munitions, and marine and tactical vehicles. They are also used for coating and bonding of electronics, and enable battlefield repairs for airframes.
Complex parts with high detail and good surface finishes can be made without expensive molds, dies and machining. Currently, the main use is for rapid prototyping—which can be done in hours instead of days.
This process produces three-dimensional parts from photosensitive resins that are cured by a UV-wavelength laser beam which follows a pattern generated from CAD / CAM data referred to as stereolithography technology.
Composites made from copolymerization of unsaturated polyesters and styrene in the presence of a glass fiber matrix release VOCs and experience compositional changes during conventional thermal curing. Emissions can be reduced by using an additional UV surface curing step. Products include shower stalls, bathtubs and boats.
IGM innovations help coatings formulators with:
IGM offers a full range of photoinitators, Photomer® acrylate monomers and oligomers, and additives to choose from. The data sheets in our Products section can guide your initial search. Please contact our sales team for recommended products to achieve your specific formulation targets for:
Our technical team can customize our products to meet your requirements or can work with you to develop and manufacture new materials.