Syensqo’s Ixef PARA resin selected to manufacture Artiphon’s intuitive Chorda instrument
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Syensqo’s Ixef PARA resin selected to manufacture Artiphon’s intuitive Chorda instrument

The sensing technology of the hand-held musical device requires a perfect tactile experience and aesthetics the product is able to provide

  • By ICN Bureau | May 31, 2024

Syensqo has announced that Nashville-based Artiphon company has chosen Ixef polyarylamide (PARA) resin for molding the housing and keypad of Chorda, a novel electronic musical instrument.

The unique capacitive sensor board of the device required a material capable of matching the tactile nature of the keypad, while also providing the long-term durability and aesthetics expected from a high-quality hand-held instrument.

Chorda features an advanced synth and sample engine, plus an enhanced interface with a 12-key bridge that utilizes capacitive sensing technology for diverse finger interactions.

“Hand-held devices operated by touch and under frequent wear and tear conditions need high strength, rigidity and dimensional stability if they are meant to last for a long life without losing their functionality and appeal,” says Federico Baruffi, Global Marketing Manager, Specialty Polymers, at Syensqo.

“Our Ixef PARA resin gave Artiphon the perfect combination of high surface quality, scratch and warpage resistance along with the right haptic feel to support the intuitive approach of the smart electronic instrument.”

Adam McHeffey, Chief Marketing Officer at Artiphon, states: “We created Chorda with three core values in mind: approachability, multiplicity, and immediacy. At the same time, the long-lasting design of this sensory music instrument prompted us to look for a cost-efficient plastic material with the right balance of ruggedness and high quality to maximize the pleasure of play for many years. Syensqo’s Ixef® material proved to offer the best property profile for all this to work.”

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