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1. (WO2019046392) MICROSTRUCTURED SURFACE HAVING DISCRETE TOUCH AESTHETICS
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What is claimed is:

1. A method for providing a microstructured surface comprising the steps of: selecting a material having a desired hardness for a given application; selecting a microstructure pattern having an arrangement of microfeatures to provide at least one desired touch aesthetic to be applied to said material, wherein the width and aspect ratio of the microstructures are configured to provide said desired touch aesthetic for the hardness of the material selected;

selecting said microstructure pattern to further include at least one desired physical property independent of said touch aesthetic to be applied to said material, wherein at least one of a pitch and spacing of said microfeatures is configures to provide said desired physical property selected from the group consisting of friction coefficient and grip force;

determining the dimensions of said microstructure pattern to be applied to the surface of said material according to said desired physical properties, desired touch aesthetics and material hardness; and,

engineering the material with said microstructure pattern by forming a negative of the microstructure pattern and providing an end product in the selected material from the negative having the microstructure patterned with the desired physical and aesthetic properties.

2. The method of claim 1 wherein said material has between about 30 Shore A to 95 Shore A hardness.

3. The method of claim 1 wherein said microfeatures range from between about 10 µm to about 500 µm

4. The method of claim 1 wherein said aspect ratio is from about 0.1 to 5.0 as calculated by for a given microfeature.


5. The method of claim 1 wherein said physical property of said microstructure pattern provides a grip force of at least about 35N to at least one of skin and fabric.

6. The method of claim 1 wherein said touch aesthetic is selected from the group consisting of prickly, firm grip and comfortable, mink / cashmere, velvet, soft slick, firm rough painless, and soft rough, and combinations thereof.

7. The method of claim 1 wherein said microstructure pattern having touch aesthetics of prickly or firm grip comfortable has microfeatures with a cross section width in the range of 20 µm to 200 µm, a spacing ratio calculated by from 1.0 to 4.0, and

an aspect ratio in the range of 1 to 5.

8. The method of claim 7 wherein said microstructure pattern having touch aesthetics of prickly or firm grip comfortable has microfeatures with a sidewall draft angle from 0° to about 45°, corner radii in a range from 0% to about 50%.

9. The method of claim 1 wherein a given microfeatures cross section has a shape selected from the group consisting of circle, rectangular, square, triangular, oval, polygonal, and line.

10. The method of claim 1 wherein said microfeatures comprise at least one of recesses and pillars on the surface of said material.

11. The method of claim 1 wherein said microfeatures comprise at least one of unstacked and stacked arrangements.

12. The method of claim 1 wherein said microstructure pattern having touch aesthetics of mink / cashmere has microfeatures with a cross section diameter in the range of 20 µm to 100 µm, spacing ratio in the range of 0.7 to 4.0, and an aspect ratio in the range of 1.0 to 5.0.

13. The method of claim 12 wherein said microstructure pattern having touch aesthetics of mink / cashmere has microfeatures with a sidewall draft from 0° to 10°, corner radii in the range of 0% to 50%.

14. The method of claim 1 wherein said microstructure pattern having a touch aesthetic of velvet has microfeatures with a cross section diameter in the range of 70 µm and 300 µm, spacing ration in the range of 1.0 to 4.0, and an aspect ratio in the range of 1.0 to 5.0.

15. The method of claim 14 wherein said microstructure pattern having a touch aesthetic of velvet has microfeatures with a sidewall draft in the range of 0° to 10°.

16. The method of claim 1 wherein said microstructure pattern having a touch aesthetic of soft slick has microfeatures with an aspect ratio in the range of 0.1 to 2.0, spacing ratio in the range of 0.29 to 3.0, and a cross section diameter in the range of 20 µm to 70 µm.

17. The method of claim 1 wherein said microstructure pattern having a touch aesthetic of soft rough on a material having a 60 Shore A value or less includes microfeatures with an aspect ratio in the range of 0.1 to 2.0, spacing ratio in the range of 1.0 to 2.5, and a cross section diameter in the range of 80 µm to 400 µm.

18. The method of claim 1 wherein said microstructure pattern having a touch aesthetic of firm rough on a material having a Shore A value greater than about 60

includes microfeatures with an aspect ratio in the range of 0.1 to 2.0, spacing ratio in the range of 1.0 to 2.5, and a cross section diameter in the range of 80 µm to 400 µm.

19. A method for providing a microstructured surface comprising the steps of: providing a touch map having an arrangement of microstructure patterns located across the surface of said map that define zones with unique touch aesthetics, wherein each zone is correlated with specific width and aspect ratios of microfeatures and a specific material hardness that combine to provide a given said touch aesthetic to each of said zones;

selecting at least one desired touch aesthetic from said zones on said touch map;

selecting a material having a hardness correlated with at least one of the selected said zones of said touch map for providing a selected said touch aesthetic to said material;

selecting a microstructure pattern having an arrangement of microfeatures corresponding to the specific width and aspect ratios of microfeatures providing the touch aesthetic of the selected said zone for applying to said material;

applying the dimensions of said microstructure pattern to a surface of said material to provide said material with said at least one touch aesthetic selected from said zones on said touch map.

20. The method of claim 1 including a transition zone of about 20 µm or less to provide differing touch aesthetics between zones of said touch map.