Printed Heating Layers

Heating systems that function according to the principle of electrical resistance are used in many areas of daily life. The most common system is based on metal wires that are invariably laid in a meandering pattern. However, these typical heating systems have a very uneven heat distribution. This can be avoided by using large-surface heating layers.

For many years, the Department of Functional Materials at Fraunhofer IPA has been conducting research into nanoparticles suitable for use in thin-film heating elements. These heating elements function as infrared heaters and therefore generate a cozy warmth. Fibrous materials, for example carbon nanotubes (CNTs), are especially suitable as a conductive material for these layers. Once they have been processed into a dispersion, they can be applied as a conductive ink to diverse surfaces using established coating techniques. Depending on the application concerned, structured elements as well as large-surface heating systems can be realized.

A major advantage of these heating layers is their low height. This means that they can also be integrated into applications with low volumes. A further advantage is the ability to create a wide range of applications.

If you would like to benefit from our expertise, we would be very interested in conducting joint projects with you to develop new, innovative processes. We can also help you reach your individual targets in the field of printed heating layers. Together with you, we devise resource-efficient and cost-effective solutions to manufacture your products.