Fraunhofer Institute: New film coating process

The Frauenhofer Institute for Electron Beam and Plasma Technology, Germany has developed a new process for coating plastic sheet and film with a scratchproof layer of glass. This new process is said to be rapid and inexpensive. Potential applications for this technology might include scratch-resistant plastic windows or headlamps for automobiles, solar collectors, floor coverings, and wall panels. The new process is a vacuum technique that the researchers say can be employed at acceptable costs by using high-rate electron-beam evaporation.

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