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Friday, 01 February 2019 15:14

RadTech Announces the 2019 RadLaunch Class

We are proud to announce the 2019 RadLaunch Class and excited to let you know that they will all speak in a special session at the BIG IDEAS for UV+EB Technology Conference, taking place March 19-20, 2019 in Redondo Beach, California.

RadLaunch is a unique idea accelerator for UV+EB start-ups, students, and innovators where we connect selected companies to UV+EB industry leaders through funding, guidance, and speaking/exhibiting opportunities.

Here are the 2019 RadLaunch Companies:

SUNY Albany, SUNY Polytechnic Institute              
UV+EB curable Sulfluor, a fluorinated hypervalent sulfur containing polymer cured thin film; extremely hard, thermally robust, and patterns well—may find utility protecting sensor windows, displays, optical fibers, composite material surfaces, electronic devices and other surfaces where scratch resistance, chemical stability and hydrophobicity is important.

Laval University (Quebec City, Quebec, Canada) within the Forestry Geomatic and Geography Faculty in the Wood and Forest Science Department
Enhances hardness of Canadian hardwood through impregnation of acrylate monomers and electron beam polymerization.

Building an open material partner network to power innovation in materials for end use and made through additive mass production. Origin's production system uses programmable photopolymerization (P3) to turn materials into isotropic parts and products ready for end-use.

A new 3D printer for making the unimaginably small, enabling microfabrication level rapid prototyping for microsensors, wearable technology, IoT devices, micro-robotics, aerospace applications and more.

Ares Materials            
Pylux Polysulfide thermosets, a class of transparent, optically-clear polymeric materials that allow for tuning physical properties to produce materials which tackle multiple applications, specifically engineered for the fast-growing flexible display markets—smartphone makers, displays, and display-related fabrication equipment.

Daetec, LLC              
Protective encapsulant and sealing on-substrate, rapid cure for automotive assembly.  Polymer compositing with reactive diluents makes it possible to use CAD fed delivery tools that offer cure on-contact, with robotic operated equipment on vertical, overhead, or irregular surface contours.

All of these companies will present at the BIG IDEAS for UV+EB Technology conference. You can learn more about their presentations as well as all of our other, excellent speakers at

The BIG IDEAS conference program will feature conference sessions on 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing, UV LED, Horticulture, Food & Beverage Safety, Data-Driven Materials, and Emerging Technologies. There will also be a general "Big Ideas" session focusing on new applications and enabling technologies in areas like material development, composites, energy storage, low-migration packaging, and PVC chrome replacement.

Contact: Mickey Fortune, 240-643-0517,

Chevy Chase, MD (January 3, 2019) RadTech, the non profit trade association for ultraviolet and electron beam technologies is pleased to welcome Eileen Weber, Red Spot Paint & Varnish Co., Inc. as its new President, serving a two year term. Ms. Weber assumes the position from Lisa Fine, who is now the group’s immediate past president. JoAnn Arceneaux from Allnex USA Inc, has been elected as incoming President. Newly elected Board members include Jeffrey Klang, Sartomer; Jim Raymont, EIT LLC.; and P.K. Swain, Heraeus Noblelight America. Board members elected for a second term include: Susan Bailey, Michelman; Michael Gould, RAHN USA; David Biro, Sun Chemical; and Chris Seubert, Ford Motor Company. Returning Board members include: Jennifer Heathcote; Paul Elias, Miwon North America; Mike Bonner, Saint Clair Systems; Todd Fayne, Pepsico; Mark Gordon, INX International Ink; George McGill, Precision Ink; Hui Yang, Procter and Gamble; and Sunny Ye, 3M.

Please help us welcome our new RadTech Board of Directors at our upcoming BIG IDEAS for UV+EB Technology Conference, March 19-20 in Redondo Beach, CA.

RadTech Board of Directors

Contact: Mickey Fortune, 240-643-0517,

Chevy Chase, MD (December 18, 2019) A unique, high-level cross section of supply and customer chain innovators are gathering March 19-20, 2019, in Redondo Beach, CA for BIG IDEAS for UV+EB Technology, a conference dedicated to the advancement and implementation of ultraviolet (UV) and electron beam (EB) technologies (UV+EB). Leading solution providers such as Fast Radius; top system suppliers including Formlabs and Carbon; diverse end users like Ford Motor Company. and fashion designer Julia Daviy; academia; government agencies from NIST and UCLA, and start-ups such as Origin, will present on the latest developments and applications in additive manufacturing. “BIG IDEAS is the first event of its kind focused exclusively on the wide range of disciplines, developers, and users that are creating the future for UV additive manufacturing,” says Mickey Fortune, RadTech and BIG IDEAS VP of Business Development.

The two-day event includes an exhibition and a slate of prominent presenters on the newest developments in UV curable materials, processes (including SLA, DLP, and Inkjet) and end uses. Already widely considered the high-end additive manufacturing solution, this photopolymer-focused event will define opportunities for novel formulations, improved attributes, and unique properties, demonstrating UV additive manufacturing as a compelling alternative to traditional manufacturing techniques—with the potential to significantly speed product cycles and reduce costs for a wide range of consumer goods.

BIG IEAS for UV+EB Technology includes a full day of Additive Manufacturing presentations; sessions on UV LEDs, Horticulture, Food and Beverage, Electronics and Display Technology, BIG IDEAS for UV+EB applications and presentations by the RadLaunch class of 2019 start-ups. Complete details are available at

BIG IDEAS for UV+EB Technology Conference
March 19-20, 2019
Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach & Marina Hotel
Los Angeles (Redondo Beach), California

Contact: Mickey Fortune, 240-643-0517,

Chevy Chase, MD (October 25, 2018) RadTech, the Association for UV+EB Technology, is launching the second course in a series of free, email-based courses that will deliver educational lessons on various aspects of UV+EB technology. Each course will feature several lessons sent in a weekly email that should take roughly ten minutes to read.

The next course in the series is Introduction to UV LED Technology and features the following six lessons:

Lesson #1: Ultraviolet Light
Lesson #2: How does an LED work?
Lesson #3: UV LEDs and Mercury Lamps
Lesson #4: Special Properties of UV LEDs
Lesson #5: Building a UV LED System
Lesson #6: New Developments in UV System Design

To learn more, visit:

Introduction to UV LED Technology was curated by Dr. Robert Karlicek, Director of the Center for Lighting Enabled Systems and Applications, and a professor of Electrical Computer and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in conjunction with the RadTech UV LED Technical Committee.

Contact: Mickey Fortune, 240-643-0517,

Chevy Chase, MD (August 23, 2018) RadTech - the Association for UV+EB Technology is excited to announce the dates and location for the RadTech 2020 UV+EB Technology Expo and Conference, taking place March 9-11, 2020 at Disney Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, FL.

RadTech will announce the call for papers and additional information in early 2019. Details will be available at

Contact: Mickey Fortune, 240-643-0517,

Chevy Chase, MD (July 26, 2018) RadTech, the non profit Trade Association for ultraviolet and electron beam technologies (UV+EB), is proud to announce a new conference in 2019 called BIG IDEAS for UV+EB Technology, taking place March 19-20, in Redondo Beach, California. BIG IDEAS replaces the regional uv.eb WEST event, to focus on the BIG IDEAS for UV+EB rapidly emerging on a global scale. This exciting two-day conference and table-top exhibition will feature leading-edge conference sessions focused on BIG IDEAS like moving from 3D Printing to additive manufacturing with UV technology, developing data-driven materials, the increased use and development of UVC LED, new applications for UV+EB, and more.

"uv.eb WEST has always been a successful event for the UV+EB industry," says Mickey Fortune, Director of BIG IDEAS. "But our industry is looking to discover major opportunities with BIG IDEAS to showcase the disruptive and transformative nature of UV+EB on the global stage with this new conference. BIG IDEAS will offer the industry a forum to discuss the future of UV+EB technology while learning more about the applications and science that will enable developments two years, five years, ten years down the road."

Details for BIG IDEAS for UV+EB Technology are available at

emerging technology 2016

BETHESDA, MD - RadTech, the trade association for UV and EB technology, announced the 2016 Emerging Technology Awards in recognition of the use of fast, efficient and environmentally responsible UV and EB technologies. RadTech will celebrate the award winners at the Emerging Technology Awards Dinner taking place on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, IL. The dinner takes place during RadTech's Biennial Trade Show & Conference, May 16-18, 2016. Details on the conference and dinner are available at


Seeking to lower their carbon footprint, Pepsico is looking to EB-Flexo inks as a replacement for its use of solvent-based materials for snack food packaging. Technological developments around EB ink chemistry and lacquer formulation paired with the right choices of flexographic equipment and substrates are creating stunning advances in print quality and aesthetics. Pepsico reports the use of EB technology reduces VOC emissions as much as 90 percent, with lower energy consumption when compared to conventional thermal drying. EB is considered food friendly, which enables Pepsi to make attractive, environmentally compliant packaging that is cost neutral when compared to incumbent solvent and thermal drying technologies.


Wavefront makes state-of-the-art holographic films using advanced roll-to-roll continuous UV casting lines to manufacture nano/micro-structure embossed films on a variety of film substrates. This capability allows for the manufacture of microstructures from 200 nanometers up to 150 microns. These unique structures can only be achieved using the latest UV curing and formulating technologies.

Continuous Composites (CC3D)

CC3D has developed a new 3D printing process to print continuous fiber with UV curable resin; it is reportedly the only company in the world that is 3D printing continuous fiber with thermoset epoxy and the only company to successfully print continuous fiber into free space. CC3D has demonstrated 16x and 8x multi-material nozzles printing at once as a seamless path utilizing 6K TOW carbon fiber, and 600 TEX fiberglass. With a focus on functional composites additive manufacturing to scale, CC3D is providing an industrial solution to advanced manufacturing techniques of mid- to large-scale.

HRL Laboratories LLC

The HRL team demonstrated the first-ever UV additive manufacturing of polymer-derived ceramics. By formulating pre-ceramic UV curable polymers, the team at HRL demonstrated the first-ever additive manufacturing of fully dense, binder-less ceramics. The accomplishment was published in the January 2016 issue of Science. These unique pre-ceramic photopolymers can be integrated into commercially available UV SLA or DLP equipment to produce flaw-free, high-strength ceramics with up to 1800 °C operating temperatures. Potential applications for this novel technology include turbine engine components, hypersonic vehicle structures, MEMS devices and electronics packaging.

Cleveland Steel Container

Cleveland Steel Container (CSC) has developed the first commercial in-line EB and UV process for rigid steel coil substrates in the manufacture of steel pails. CSC is the largest steel pail manufacturer in North America. CSC applies and cures EB and UV directly to steel coil for five-gallon pail lids and bottoms. This application is also unique in the use of highly pigmented systems to steel for rigid fabrication. Beyond a dramatic reduction in energy requirements, CSC reports that since "EB coatings are 100-percent solids formulations, it means no loss of evaporated solvent from the applied coating. It also means less coating usage and required storage area compared to solvent systems. EB was not only found to be a more efficient technology, it also contributes significantly to a higher level of workplace comfort. Traditional thermal systems are massive, and the company just doesn't have the additional space required for that kind of setup."

NOVAGARD Solutions

Novagard has developed the first industrial UV LED PSA installation on a coating line. Novagard converted a water-based PSA for its 58" wide PVC foam line to a UV LED curable PSA and is now using it in to produce PVC foam rolls (more commonly known as weather stripping). The system consists of two 62"-wide banks of UV LED curing systems. Conventional UV lamps could not be used as they delivered too much heat to the substrate, causing damage. UV LED was the only viable solution. Going to a UV solution resulted in a superior peel strength, which allowed Novagard to pursue new market opportunities.

Carbon 3D

Carbon’s vision is “a future fabricated with light, where traceable, final-quality parts are produced at scale with CLIP technology.” CLIP (continuous liquid interface production) makes this possible by combining engineering grade materials with exceptional resolution and surface finish. By harnessing light and oxygen to produce objects from a pool of resin, CLIP is a photochemical process that eliminates the shortcomings of conventional 3D printing by more rapidly producing objects. “From everyday products like tennis shoes and electronics, to industrial components, to highly customizable medical devices, CLIP makes it possible for creators to design the parts and products of the future.”

City of Cleveland

The City of Cleveland was recognized for projects that included Cleveland’s Progressive Field ballpark, home of the major league Cleveland Indians. Projects utilized exploration and use of UV curable materials as a contribution to environmental sustainability in the city, recognizing UV technology solutions to long-standing issues for protection against corrosion and to provide superior protection for metals, concrete, stones and other substrates in an efficient and fast curing manner.

RadTech Accelerator Award - Poly6 Technologies

In recognition of the increasing interest by young people in the development of sustainable new materials and processes, RadTech now offers an Accelerator award to recognize innovative ideas and start-ups. The goal of RadTech is to recognize and publicize the work of new ventures and provide mentoring and expertise from among the volunteer leadership of our group. The first winner of the RadTech Accelerator Award is Poly6 Technologies.

Poly6 Technologies turns citrus rinds into bio-based materials, which the company calls Citrene™. This start-up is introducing clean and sustainable materials for use in performance applications. Environmental stewardship is one of the most prevailing and urgent global initiatives, and Poly6 is reinforcing the notion that sustainable business is competitive business. Citrene has gained traction in various industries due to its unique combination of performance, process ability and sustainability advantages, offering enhanced performance, natural materials, throughput benefits, and low GHG emissions, all enabled by UV and EB technology.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018 18:46

RadTech 2018 Emerging Technology Award Winners

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MicroTau Pty Ltd

An Australian start-up, MicroTau, has been offered $200,000 with follow on potential of up to $1 million from the Australian Government to commercialize its innovative contactless microfabrication technology being developed with the US Air Force Research Laboratory. MicroTau-printed “shark-skin” surfaces have already demonstrated drag reduction that can reduce aircraft fuel consumption by two per cent or more. Potential savings could run to hundreds of millions of tonnes of CO2, annually. The MicroTau technology provides a practical, low cost method of printing microstructures out of UV curable coatings onto surfaces, producing not only drag-reducing properties but potentially anti-fouling, self-cleaning and anti-bacterial properties as well. Potential applications include: improving the efficiency or speed of trains, trucks, cars and other vehicles; increasing energy output of wind turbines; biocide-free antifouling coatings for marine vessels; antibacterial surfaces in hospitals and aircraft tray tables; self-cleaning paints and microfluidic devices.

Lumii Inc.

Lumii's Inc’s mission is to deliver captivating hologram-like imagery using standard presses, media and inks for security and brand protection. This is achieved by applying sophisticated tera-scale computation and Lumii's patented Light Field Engine to model billions to trillions of light rays as they interact with high-resolution printed material. The Lumii process disrupts many of the conventions associated with traditional security devices. In their search for a press technology that can provide best-in-class contrast, detail, and alignment at the print volumes and price points customers demand, they have discovered one clear technology choice: UV offset web presses. According to Lumii, it's clear that the future of holographic printing relies on the precision of UV process technology.

LiTeProducts LLC

By combining multi wavelengths of UV LEDs with Visible LEDs and then multi-tasking them, LiTeProducts creates multi functionality solutions with broader appeal to a wider range of users. Practical examples of combining wavelengths that produce both germicidal and curing functionality include potential products like: Food utensil or Leafy Green Sanitation that also includes a UV curable seal of packaging to lock in freshness benefits; and the Sanitation of water, air, or the surface of object with an added UV printed verification that communicates that sanitation has indeed occurred.


DENTSPLY Sirona has patented highly effective photopolymerizable antimicrobial/antibacterial resins or ABR. Such ABR resins could be readily formulated in a variety of radiation-cure compositions, such as composites, adhesives, sealants, coatings to provide high performance non-leaching active surface to effectively kill a wide range bacterium with very low loading dose in the compositions without adverse impact on mechanical integrity and to inhibit the formation of such bacteria-based biofilms. Furthermore, it could lead to dramatically ease biofilm removal. This innovation promises to find wide range applications in biomedical and other industries; and has recently been published in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.

Eastern Michigan “Collegiate Emerging Technology Award.”

“’Green’ UV-LED Curable Nail Gel Polishes from Bio-Renewable Materials,” are novel polymers that have been synthesized from bio-renewable materials such as plant oils (such as soybean oil, corn oil, canola oil), itaconic acid, gum rosin, and bio-based succinic acid. These bio-based polymers have been suitably functionalized with unsaturated functional groups such that they can polymerize and form a crosslinked network when exposed to UV-LEDs. From Eastern Michigan’s research, bio-based nail products have not been sufficiently explored. And considering the increasing consumption of nail polishes; and the need to keep pace with the bio-based regulations and consumer preferences, they are meeting an unmet opportunity to develop novel sustainable nail gel polishes with considerable bio-renewable content.

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Australian inventor Henry Bilinsky has used Shark Skin as a basis for a new drag reduction surface for planes. Currently under test by the US Air Force, this nature based design is looking to save millions of dollars for Military and Commercial Airlines by reducing drag.

"MicroTau is developing a novel method of applying drag-reducing microstructures – called ‘riblets’ – onto the surface of aircraft to reduce fuel consumption. Riblets are microscopic ridges spaced a fraction of the width of a human hair apart. As a rule a smoother surface is more aerodynamic, however these ridges – designed over millions of years of evolution – actually decrease drag when compared to a perfectly smooth surface." MicroTau

This may be able to be used in the marine environment with similar results.

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