Status: Need is Closed

Flexible, Cost-effective Heating Textiles or Foils

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Mar 19

Yanfeng Automotive seeks flexible, cost-effective resilient heating system that can be formed and integrated into slightly curved or substantially non-planar interior surfaces.


Yanfeng wants to incorporate heated surfaces into automotive interior panels.  Heating elements must either be made to shape/size for incorporation below a molded, finished panel surface or must be formable when applied to the initial substrate to allow molding of the that substrate to final 3D shape.  Yanfeng seeks a supply of textiles or foils that they can purchase rather than manufacture themselves.

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Key success Criteria
  • Has sufficient flexibility and extensibility to permit 3D forming
    • Feasible for small radii
  • Preferably, can be cut to whatever shape needed without creating hot spots and without losing function
    • Alternatively, can be prefabricated to desired shape
  • Able to be handled and positioned by robot
  • Is invisible on finished surface
  • Meets automotive requirements, e.g. performance temperature range -40⁰C to 90⁰C, humidity 90-100%, conditions involving cycling of heat and humidity, electric voltage limitations of vehicle, etc.
  • Is suitable for surfaces up to 2 square meters
  • Is compatible with compression molding, back injection, foam-in-place or press lamination
    • Must withstand > 200⁰C for at least 30 seconds
  • As a nice-to-have feature, can enable either homogenous or partial heating over an area
Approaches not of Interest
  • Suppliers who do not have an interest in supplying to the automotive market
Due Date
Dec 31
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Chih-her Suen
Fran Elenbaas
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Kevin Andrews
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