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Automotive antiscratch-coating suitable for i-phones

Monday, 23 January 2012

The case uses innovations from the automotive world to create a robust iPhone case, including the self-healing paint finish

The Scratch Shield iPhone case is compatible with the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4 S  Source: Nissan

The Scratch Shield iPhone case is compatible with the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4 S  Source: Nissan

Developed by Nissan in collaboration with University of Tokyo and Advanced Softmaterials Inc., the paint finish was initially designed for automotive use and is available on different vehicle types of the company. Now this technology is being trialled for the first time on a non-automotive product in Europe, with the Nissan Scratch Shield iPhone case.
The case has been designed using several automotive engineering innovations to deliver a more durable and long-lasting paint coat, and closely fitting, tight case. The case has three key benefits: the highly flexible and elastic properties allows fine scratches to quickly mend themselves. Its tactile gel-like rather than glossy surface is scratch-resistant and provides a better grip; and the case itself is made of ABS plastic - a high grade substance widely used in the automotive industry which is more rigid and robust than other plastics. The outer ‘paint’ is made from polyrotaxane, which means that when damage occurs to the coating in the form of a fine scratch, the chemical structure is able to react to change back to its original shape and fill the gap - 'healing' the blemish.

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