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Ultramid Vision can be colored with polyamide-based color masterbatches.
Ultramid Vision can be colored with polyamide-based color masterbatches.

BASF has succeeded in developing a semi-crystalline polyamide (PA) that allows light to pass through largely unhindered.

Named as Ultramid Vision, it is the world's first semi-crystalline polyamide for semi-transparent or transparent components in chemically challenging environments, according to the company.

The material offers high light transmission with low light scattering, is UV and temperature resistant, scratch-proof as well as suitable for flame retardant requirements, properties that are similar to conventional unreinforced PA 6 compounds.

While semi-crystalline standard polyamides are nearly opaque, that is visually hazy, at a wall thickness of only 1mm, one can see easily through parts made of Ultramid Vision at wall thicknesses of up to several millimeters.

Even if components made from Ultramid Vision are exposed to elevated temperatures and moisture, the haze and transmission values hardly change compared to being freshly molded.

BASF said Ultramid Vision is an alternative choice for transparent and semi-transparent materials such as amorphous aliphatic polyamides, polycarbonate or styrene acrylonitrile copolymers.

In addition to the uncolored base grade Ultramid Vision B3K un, there is the option of producing specially equipped products featuring diffuse light scattering along with high transmittance.

Processors can also obtain specially colored grades, or the material can be colored with polyamide-based color masterbatches which can be procured from e.g. BASF Color Solutions.

In addition, Ultramid Vision can be combined with other polyamide materials in a multi-component injection molding process.

It is recommended for applications requiring a visual check, e.g. level indicators. The new polyamide can also be used for shockproof and chemically resistant covers for lighting elements. Further application areas include back-lit switches and buttons or diffusely scattering light covers in chemically aggressive environments. Luminous color effects can be achieved as well that offer a wide range of design possibilities.

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