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Cinch Gaming

Cinch Gaming, a national leader in custom professional video game controllers, was looking for a durable solution to provide a rubber grip coating to their ABS plastic controller shells.

Challenge

Find a material that provided a less sticky, more textured, grabby surface for gaming controllers.

Over-the-counter rubber and adhesive products didn’t sufficiently bond to ABS materials enough to provide both a durable and tactile solution. Because gamers can use game controllers for extended periods of time, Cinch needed a product that could not only withstand extended use, but provide a comfortable and tactile grip experience as well. Our Dymax Application Engineers recommended using light-curing adhesives to replace the current laser weld process.

Solution

The SpeedMask® resin had excellent adhesion to the controllers and provided the non-sticky, textured feel the customer needed. An SG-100-RH spray gun and a BlueWave LED Flood completed the system.

The Dymax Application Engineering team recommended several light-curable coatings that would provide a strong bond with ABS plastic materials. Ultimately, a SpeedMask® resin was selected as the coating of choice because it was able to provide good “grip” without being sticky. A Dymax SG-100-RH spray gun was selected to apply the coating. This resulted in additional benefits as it allowed for the coating to be dispensed in a type of splatter pattern that created a more secure grip-like texture that gamers prefer. A Dymax BlueWave® LED Flood System was selected to cure the coating because it could cure it in a matter of seconds without risking damage to the surface of the controller.

Results

The Dymax system solution enabled the customer to get a durable and tactile grip that is now being offered as an option on all Cinch controllers.

Dymax SpeedMask resins are not intended for applications involving direct or prolonged contact between the skin and the resin, and Dymax has not tested or evaluated its SpeedMask resins for such applications. Dymax does not warrant that its SpeedMask resins are suitable for such applications, and it is the purchaser’s responsibility to test the suitability of any Dymax resin for the purchaser’s specific application. Should a purchaser choose to use a Dymax resin in an application similar to the one described above, purchaser does so at its own risk, and Dymax will not be held liable for any claim, damage or injury that allegedly arose, whether directly or indirectly, from contact between a complainant’s skin and a Dymax SpeedMask resin. Please refer to Dymax’s General Terms & Conditions of Sale.

 

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