Pylux applies the difficult-to-process plastic class known as thermosetting polymers to various layers in the display as stand-alone films. Previously thermosets were only applicable as surface coatings for functional modification of cover lenses, however through manufacturing process innovations, Ares has enabled the low-cost conversion and application of thermosets in the display stack. Additionally through the use of novel polysulfide thermosets, the thermomechanical properties of the final thermoset can be wildly tuned for applications with high strength requirements, high elastic elongation requirements, and other conflicting physical properties, while still maintaining the optical properties required by display manufacturers. Using this technology, the flexible display market can achieve higher optical performance (due to a higher optical clarity of the polysulfide thermosets), a thinner display stack (through the elimination of needing to use thick, extruded thermoplastic offerings) and a more affordable product for use in higher volume applications.
Primary Application Area: Materials, Chemical
Technology Development Status: Proven Manufacturability
Technology Readiness Level: TRL 5
Vetted Programs/Awards: IDTechEx - Launchpad Winner 2017
NSF SBIR Phase I
Society for Information Display (SID) - Best in Show Award 2018
Organization Type: Early-stage Startup (Seed)
Showcase Booth #: 20M
GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES
External Funding to Date: Angel investors, family offices, and Silicon Valley venture capital. Summary of funding can be found here: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/ares-materials.