Conference Paper: Smart molded structures bring surfaces to life
TactoTek presented this conference paper at IPC APEX EXPO, January 2019: Smart molded structures bring surfaces to life
This paper introduces structural electronics technology enabling smart molded structures. It also presents a case for developing industry standards specific to structural electronics materials, processing and testing.
In the first part, we outline the benefits of structural electronics technology as well as the manufacturing processes. Smart molded structures are made by integrating and encapsulating printed electronics and standard electronic components within durable, 3D injection-molded plastics. Structural electronics technology and processing differs significantly from conventional electronics. Thus, we describe how these differences influence component and materials certification for use within injection molded plastics.
In the second part of the paper, we discuss the lack of suitable standards for structural electronics. Two technologies, bearing a resemblance to structural electronics, have standards. However, they do not cover all aspects and we see a need for further development.