The electronic circuitry and functionality are part of the 3D-shaped structure itself.
Dr. Khasha Ghaffarzade, IDTechEx Research Director02.14.19
In mold (or mould) electronics (IME) promises to enable high-volume production of structural electronics where the electronic circuitry and functionality are part of the 3D-shaped structure itself. This will save weight and space and will enable new elegant designs.
IME is not exactly a new process or technology. In fact, in many ways, it is an evolution of the well-established IMD, or in mold decoration, in which molding (or other ways of 3D forming) are combined with graphic printing. The transition from IMD to IME however is not straight forward, especially on a commercial scale. Indeed, this partially explains why it has taken this long for IME to establish lasting commercial success despite all the efforts and false starts.
However, this is changing. Indeed, there are already low-volume IME products on the market and the transition towards higher volume application is not far off. Our report, In-Mold Electronics 2019-2029: Technology, Market Forecasts, Players, f
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