Today we want to talk more extensively about our Kapton® tape, its usefulness and why we consider it our workhorse. The Kapton Tape, is a silicon adhesive tape with a polyamide base, developed by DuPont in the late 1960s that remains stable over a wide range of temperatures, from -269 +400 ° C (-452 to 752 ° F; -673 K)
The kapton tape offers excellent resistance to heat, is designed for the use of series of electric masks.
Ideal for wave solders, circuit board insulation and powder coating with high temperatures. It has a high dielectric strength. The Kapton tape is accompanied by a silicone adhesive that leaves no residue. The heat resistant tape does not soften at high temperatures. It is recommended for use when the target component is placed next to other components, the Kapton tape protects the other areas from excessive heat during the welding process.
Kapton is used, among other things, flexible printed circuits (flexible electronics) and thermal blankets used in spacecraft, satellites, and various space instruments.
Spaceship: The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory has considered Kapton as a good plastic support for solar sails due to its long duration in the space environment. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft uses Kapton in an innovative “insulated design bottle” to keep the vessel operating between 10-30 ° C (50-86 ° F) over its more than nine years, 3 One billion miles of travel to meet the dwarf planet Pluto on July 14, 2015. The main body is covered in lightweight, gold-colored, multi-layered thermal insulation – like a camping survival blanket – which keeps the heat of the operation of the electronics to keep the spacecraft warm. Thermal inertization – 18 layers of dacron mesh fabric sandwiched between Mylar aluminized and Kapton film -. He also helped protect the micrometeorite ship.
X-rays: Kapton is also commonly used as a material for windows of all kinds of X-ray sources (synchrotron light lines and X-ray tubes) and X-ray detectors. Its high mechanical and thermal stability and high transmittance to X-rays make it the preferred material. It is also relatively insensitive to radiation damage.
3D printing Kapton and ABS adhere to each other very well, which has led to the widespread use of Kapton as a building surface for 3D printers. Kapton is placed on a flat surface and the ABS is extruded on the Kapton surface. The ABS part being printed will not separate from the construction platform when it cools and contracts, a common cause of print failure due to deformation of the part.
Plastic Industry: Kapton tape is also commonly used to secure components, such as thermocouples to the hot end of the plastic extrusion machine. This helps prevent the detachment of the thermocouples, which can lead to overheating out of control of the nozzle, and fires.
It is for its great utility and versatility Kapton tape is our preferred when it is recommended for work with special specifications.