QTC Clear is a force sensing material can be used to create Force
Sensitive touch screens that can replace current Resistive touch screen
technologies or enhance Capacitive ones to create solutions with more features
such as 3D input. The QTC Clear layer is 6-8 microns thick with a transparency
that is similar to the existing touch screen technologies. This is sandwiched
between two layers of Indium Tin Oxide, which is sandwiched between two hard
sheets, typically glass. It is sensitive that it can detect deflections of
a few microns so that the top surface can be rigid and robust, e.g. glass,
unlike current Resistive designs that have to be soft enough to deform easily
making them susceptible to damage.
Two new technologies from Stratasys, created in partnership with Boeing, Ford, and Siemens, will bring accurate, repeatable manufacturing of very large thermoplastic end products, and much bigger composite parts, onto the factory floor for industries including automotive and aerospace.
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