Session 7: Decorative Automotive Considerations
This presentation will describe the development and optimization of the Teleposit™ 8000 LCP Metallization Process; an all chemical process which delivers a highly reliable metal finish for electronic applications and complex geometries.
Plating on Plastics/Decorative Technology
Technologies for Improved Performance or Increased Efficiency
Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) has long been used as a high-performance thermoplastic due to its mechanical strength at high temperature and its chemical inertness. More recently, however, its electrical properties at mmWave frequencies are driving demand in cutting edge electronics, where the relatively low dielectric constant and low and stable dissipation factor are key characteristics. Molded LCP parts are used in a growing number of electronics applications including antennae and high frequency printed circuit board substrates, where a robust and reliable surface metallization is required.
Many existing processes for metallizing LCP with high glass and/or mineral filler contents utilize sandblasting to roughen the surface to achieve adequate metal adhesion. Although this can produce adherent metal, it is neither consistent nor uniform, does not work for complex geometries, and for many electronic applications it is unsuitable. This presentation will describe the development and optimization of the Teleposit™ 8000 LCP Metallization Process; an all chemical process which delivers a highly reliable metal finish while eliminating the need for sandblasting. Following the activation and metallization, the substrates may then be finished according to specification with a variety of electroplated solderable or corrosion resistant finishes.