TAGS: Electrical & Electronics Thermoplastic Composites
Pittsburgh-based smartphone accessories maker KerfCase has released a wireless charging pad that takes advantage of an advanced composite technology developed by Covestro.
Featuring a rare combination of natural wood and composites, the KerfCase Wireless Charging Pad is designed with quality materials at its core to enhance the everyday experience of consumers.
- Natural wood provides an ideal rest stop for a smartphone,
- While a composite molded unibody made of Maezio™ Continuous Fiber-Reinforced Thermoplastic (CFRTP) composites elevates the device with elegance and beauty.
It features 10W fast charging, a USB-C port and is compatible with all Qi enabled smartphones.
“Material is at the core of all the design choices we make. The materials we work with are a reflection of ourselves,” says Ben Saks, founder and lead designer of KerfCase. “With a natural unidirectional carbon texture, Maezio™ composites share common aesthetic properties with wood. At the same time, they are extremely light and strong with a metallic effect, making them a perfect complement to the natural materials that KerfCase is exclusively focused on.”
Sustainable by Nature
It’s more than beautiful materials that brought the two companies together.
- KerfCase is devoted to sustainable materials and manufacturing. Their products are made from FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Certified wood as well as reclaimed, local wood sourced from storm-damaged urban trees.
- Committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Covestro puts sustainability at the heart of its corporate strategy, working on products and technologies that reduce the impact on ecological systems.
are no exception: At the end of their life, they can be reground
and used in an injection molding process
for chopped fiber composite materials, making them a sustainable material choice
in an increasingly disposable world.
A New Take on Premium Consumer Products
Following their entry into consumer appliances industry, Maezio™ composites continue the advancement of carbon fiber from industrial and aerospace applications into high-end consumer facing products to create and reinforce the notion of “premium” for consumers
. They were utilized, for example, in a high-end air conditioner to house the air conditioning units.Paul Hassett, market development manager in North America, Covestro said
: “Composites bring a new premium material and exciting new design opportunities for next-generation products. Through our collaboration with KerfCase, we’ve demonstrated once again the potential of composite technologies in enhancing everyday consumer experience and we can’t wait to see where they will take us in the future.” Source: Covestro
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