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ESD Polyimide Tape (also known as Kapton Tape) x 33 Metres

Part No: G-TPT-ESD

Mask for printed circuit boards during wave solder or solder dip process, to protect specific areas of the PCB where ESD electrostatic discharge is a concern

ESD Polyimide Tape

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Polyimide film, anti-static ESD treated, single coated with silicone adhesive
Fully protects PCB gold finger contacts during the wave solder or hot air levelling process, and in applications where electrostatic discharge ESD is a concern

Length 33 Metres.


• Dimensionally stable at high Temperature. Flame retardant and chemical resistant
• Excellent heat, cold, solvent and voltage resistance
• Designed to minimise static effect during stripping and peeling

Kapton is a polyimide film developed by DuPont in the late 1960s that remains stable across a wide range of temperatures, from −269 to +400 °C (−452 – 752 °F / 4 – 673 K).[2] Kapton is used in, among other things, flexible printed circuits (flexible electronics) and thermal micrometeoroid garments (the outside layer of space suits).

The chemical name for Kapton K and HN is poly (4,4'-oxydiphenylene-pyromellitimide). It is produced from the condensation of pyromellitic dianhydride and 4,4'-oxydiphenylamine. Kapton synthesis is an example of the use of a dianhydride in step polymerization. The intermediate polymer, known as a "poly(amic acid)," is soluble because of strong hydrogen bonds to the polar solvents usually employed in the reaction. The ring closure is carried out at high temperatures (200–300 °C, 473–573 K).

The thermal conductivity of Kapton at temperatures from 0.5 to 5 kelvins is rather high for such low temperatures, κ = 4.638×10−3 T0.5678 W·m−1·K−1.[3] This, together with its good dielectric qualities and its availability as thin sheets have made it a favorite material in cryogenics, as it provides electrical insulation at low thermal gradients. Kapton is regularly used as an insulator in ultra-high vacuum environments due to its low outgassing rate.


Kapton-insulated electrical wiring has been widely used in civil and military aircraft because it is lighter than other insulators and has good insulating and temperature characteristics. For these reasons, the sunshield of the James Webb Space Telescope will be made of it.


NASA's New Horizons spacecraft used Kapton in an innovative "Thermos bottle" insulation design to keep the craft operating between 10–30 °C (50–86 °F) throughout its more than nine-year, 3 billion mile journey to rendezvous with the dwarf planet Pluto on July 14, 2015. The main body is covered in lightweight, gold-colored, multilayered thermal insulation – like a survival camping blanket – which holds in heat from operating electronics to keep the spacecraft warm. The thermal blanketing – 18 layers of Dacron mesh cloth sandwiched between aluminized Mylar and Kapton film – also helped to protect the craft from micrometeorites.


Kapton is also commonly used as a material for windows of all kinds at X-ray sources (synchrotron beam-lines and X-ray tubes) and X-ray detectors. Its high mechanical and thermal stability and high transmittance to X-rays make it the preferred material. It is also relatively insensitive to radiation damage.

3D Printing

Kapton and ABS adhere to each other very well, which has led to widespread use of Kapton as a build surface for 3D printers. Kapton is laid down on a flat surface and the ABS is extruded on to the Kapton surface. The ABS part being printed will not detach from the build platform as it cools and shrinks, a common cause of print failure by warping of the part.

Kapton tape is also commonly used to secure components such as thermocouples to the hot end of the plastic extruder. This helps to prevent detachment of the thermocouples, which can lead to runaway overheating of the nozzle, and fires.

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