Ionic Polymer-Metal Composites (IPMC) are useful actuators because of their ability to be fabricated in different shapes and move in various ways. However, the process to produce an IPMC is complicated and takes a few days. To make it possible to mass produce in any desired shape, the fabrication process must be updated. Presented here is a new way of producing the Nafion® base through a spraying method, then the electrode will be plated with spraying method as well. To verify that this method of fabrication produces a Nafion® sample similar to that which is commercially available, a sample that was made using spraying method and N117 purchased from DuPont™ were tested for various characteristics and compared.
Sarah Trabia, Taeseon Hwang, and Kwang Jin Kim, "A fabrication method of unique Nafion shapes by painting for ionic polymer-metal composites
(Conference Presentation)," Proc. SPIE 9798, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2016, 979817 (Presented at SPIE Smart Structures and Materials + Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring: March 23, 2016; Published: 22 June 2016); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2220434.4912052856001.
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