Bayer MaterialScience has launched a new polycarbonate (PC) solution that offers lightness, durability, design freedom and fast and efficient mass production of housings for ultra-notebook computers.
“We are committed to providing solutions to the next trend of mobile computing,” says Steffan Huber, responsible for industrial marketing of information technology and appliances at Bayer MaterialScience’s Polycarbonates business unit. “These requirements call for a more sophisticated hardware made from higher performance materials.”Bayer’s solution based on reinforced PCs can make the casings lighter and thinner while maintaining sturdiness and safety, Mr. Huber adds.
While traditional notebooks can weigh up to 2.6kg and have a 3.5cm profile thickness, the new ultrathin laptop generation offers weights as low as 1.5kg and only a 2.1cm profile thickness. Bayer says its specially formulated reinforced PCs can trim weight further to save up to 100g, which is 1.4kg in total weight. And they reduce profile thickness by 45%, meaning 1.4cm or even less.
“The new reinforced PC solution from Bayer can address the needs of end consumers for lighter, thinner, more stylish, safe and sturdy mobile devices,” says Dr. Ning Hao, Material Engineer at the IT company Lenovo. “At the same time it enables manufacturers to save energy and time in the production process of the parts. One full set of housing can be produced in less than one minute.”
The new material also has a broad range of color choices and allows the laptop housings to achieve complex geometric structures (3D) and innovative surface textures (2D). Or it can be given a coating for a soft touch surface feeling, adds Bayer.At K 2013, to be held from October 16-23 in Düsseldorf, Germany, Bayer will showcase prototypes from a range of future material solutions, including continuous fiber reinforced composites.