“The anticipated DuPont and TactoTek IME solutions will allow user interface designers and engineers to create touch control surfaces that are beautiful, functional, and durable. The resulting parts can significantly reduce the weight, assembly effort, and overall cost of the product,” said Michael Burrows, global venture leader, DuPont.
IME integrates flexible circuitry and electronic components into three-dimensional molded plastics. By printing circuits directly onto plastic substrates, product designers can integrate touch controls, lighting, and antennas in applications such as washing machines, dryers, refrigerators, as well as automotive consoles, dashboards, steering wheels and arm rests.
“By encapsulating the complexity of numerous discrete sub-parts into a single solution, IMSE technology greatly simplifies electronics integration and offers new degrees of design freedom,” noted Dave Rice, SVP, marketing at TactoTek.