MacDermid Autotype, manufacturer of specialised films and chemicals for screen print and industrial graphics, is launching a "˜soft touch' film combining excellent wear resistance with great tactile features. Called Autotex Softouch, the new film has been developed to provide a fine flat matt surface with a soft tactile finish and is an addition to the Autotex range of hard coated textured polyester films.
Autotex Softouch offers excellent resistance to surface wear, abrasion and a wide range of chemicals and solvents. It is suitable for surface applications such as nameplates or membrane switches, wherever a high-quality tactile experience might be required. The film can be easily embossed, creating domed switches that can withstand over 5 million actuations. As well as maintaining formability and flexibility with inherent robustness, Softouch offers excellent image definition and compatibility with conventional and specialised screen inks. High-clarity displays can also be produced in combination with MacDermid Autotype's Windotex lacquer.
The new film complements MacDermid Autotype's existing range of textured products, giving industrial designers a wide choice of finishes, including gloss, antiglare, fine, velvet, metallic effect (such as Autotex Steel) and now Softouch. Emma Scowen, Marketing Manager, explains: "The new "˜soft' finish provides an extremely cost-effective option to the spray-coating method of achieving a similar tactile feel, whilst giving screen printers and production engineers far greater control over consistency and quality. Autotex Softouch is also a convincing alternative for creating an elastomeric feel for membrane touch switches."
Autotex Softouch is being supplied in roll or sheet format and thicknesses of either 150 or 200microns, and is supported globally by MacDermid Autotype's network of sales offices and specialised distributors. For further information go to the website at www.macdermidautotype.com.