SAFI-Tech and Indium Corp. Partner Up for SAFI-Tech’s Supercooled Soldering Technology

Iowa-based SAFI-Tech has announced a partnership with Indium Corporation. SAFI-Tech has set their sights on developing a no-heat and low-heat solder and metallic joining products. This partnership will bring this technology to customers, allowing them to explore the unique opportunities available with supercooled solder materials.

Their technology is a supercooled liquid metal particle which can allow manufacturers to solder on flexible substrates without the need for heat. The liquid particles are about one-fiftieth the size of a human hair and are filled with liquid metal. When popped, the particles release the encapsulated liquid metal which quickly solidifies, creating a solder joint. This unique process allows soldering to take place at room temperature. Removing heat from electronics manufacturing enables smaller, thinner, and flexible designs, currently unachievable with standard materials and processes.

This partnership has come just two years after SAFI-Tech was awarded an SBIR grant of $200,000 from the Department of Energy for research into their supercooled liquid metal technology.

“We’re always looking for innovative materials solutions that can give our customers ways to overcome current limitations of solder products,” said Indium Corporation President and COO Ross Berntson. “SAFI-Tech’s supercooling platform is a unique approach that has the potential to be a solution across a variety of applications.”

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