Hutchinson Technology coats and patterns a variety of polymer materials. Multiple processing methods are available, depending on thickness, material properties, and feature sizes required. Hutchison Technology has over 20 years of experience with prototype to high-volume processing of polymer materials:

  • High-volume plasma etching (easy to control, environmentally friendly)
  • Wet chemistry etching for polyimide and glass, as well as most polymeric organic materials
  • In-house photo tool generation with capabilities to photo lithographically expose areas up to 18″ x 24″
  • Direct patterning using photoimagable materials

Dimensions and Tolerance

  • Margin capability 0.025 mm
  • Minimum hole size 0.035 mm (on 0.010 mm thick polyamide)

Coating Processes and Methods

  • Enables best capability based on substrate / material being coated
  • Dip coating
  • Roller coating
  • Spray coating
  • Slot die coating
  • Screen printing
  • Multiple in-line and stand-alone cure ovens

Patterning Methods

  • Laser ablation
  • Plasma etching
  • Chemical etching
  • Photoimaging
  • Blanking

Polymer Coating and Patterning Support

  • Polymer coating and patterning Support
  • Closed-loop control of all etching parameters in contamination controlled environment for consistent plasma processing
  • Optical Emission Spectroscopy endpoint monitoring
  • State-of-the art measurement systems and metrology capabilities
  • Aqueous cleaning
  • Automated part inspection capabilities