Flexible Free-Shape Heater for Health and Wellness

Abstract/Technology Overview

Heated or warming products such as heating pads are often used to provide pain relief and in temperate countries, such products also minimise discomfort during winter. However, conventional flexible heaters are restrictive in their shapes which weaken their versatility in such applications. 

Heaters that can be of any shape are useful to product designers who will be able to fully utilise such heaters to maximise the heating effects on the entire application area and at the same time, ensure a consistent spread of temperature. 

Technology Features, Specifications and Advantages

This flexible free-shape heater breaks away from the conventional manufacturing methods. The new technique combines materials properties with different electrical layouts to achieve consistent temperature distribution over an almost infinite variety of shapes.

The company’s knowledge on the relationships between the choice of materials and the input power gives the free-shape heaters an added advantage of having different heating zones within the same product. This is particularly useful where pre-heat and main-heat zones are required over a small area. For example, a heating knee pad can be designed to provide stronger heating around the kneecaps while the surrounding muscles enjoy milder warming effects. 

Due to the unique flexible free-shape nature, the heater can be tailored to conform to body contours, providing snug warming effects for sore joints or relieve discomfort from sinus inflammation. 

Potential Applications

The free-shape heaters are highly customisable and expand the useability of heaters to offer maximum comfort in many applications such as, but not limited to:

  • Therapeutic pads for knees or joints
  • Warming pads for sinus relief
  • Sporting apparatus of unusual shapes, e.g. bike seats or winter gloves
  • Automotive interior, e.g. car seats

Contact Person

CP Yuen


Pelen Pte Ltd

Technology Category
  • Thermal System
  • Pharmaceuticals & Therapeutics
  • Composites
  • Wellness & Spa
Technology Readiness Level
  • TRL 5

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