What is Polyimide Tape and What are its Applications?

Polyimide tape, also called polyimide film or Kapton tape,
is primarily used in electrical applications but also any other applications
where reliable and durable performance is required. It can withstand extremely
harsh environments and has a temperature range of -452 degrees F to 752 degrees
F, even leaving minimal residue after removal. This is the material of choice
for people in many different industries. In basic terms, if you need a tough,
durable and long lasting tape, this is the stuff for you.

There are many different applications for Kapton tape, but
here are some of the most common:

  • Electronic Manufacturing

Due to its ability to withstand heat, polyimide tape is most
commonly found in electronics manufacturing and serves as an insulated and
protective layer over sensitive components. Even after coming into contact with
a soldering iron, the tape will not melt or stretch.

  • 3D Printing

The material commonly used in 3D printing is known as ABS,
and it adheres to Kapton extremely well, making Kapton the preferred choice in
building 3D printers.

  • X-Ray

Again, Kapton’s ability to withstand extreme heat makes it
the preferred material for different kinds of X-Ray processes. Kapton can also
withstand the high radiation environments found in X-Rays, making it the number
one choice in these applications.

  • Spacecraft & Aircraft

The spacecraft and aircraft industries commonly use
polyimide tape for insulation of the wings since it can endure the most intense
and extreme environments. In the spacecraft industry, the tape is also used on
space blankets, which can help with thermal control of the spacecraft and can
also be used by people.

  • Auto

Professionals in the auto industry may use polyimide tape for parts of automobiles that come in contact with heat such as switches, diaphragms, coils and sensors.

On our GoKimco site, you can find Kapton tape rolls in a variety of different widths, ranging from 1/8” to 3”. The large rolls allow you to cover entire surfaces with a single sheet and are puncture and wear resistant. Check them out here. We also offer Kapton film dots, which come in a variety of sizes as well and come in counts of 1000 or 2000. Check them out here. We currently offer free shipping on all Kapton tape so go ahead and get yours now!

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