DuPont, TactoTek Ratchet Up In-Mold Electronics Efforts
TactoTek was mentioned in DesignNews, 07 July 2017
DuPont accelerated its efforts in the nascent field of structural electronics last week, teaming with a supplier that makes molded parts for automobiles and home appliances.
The partnership sets the stage for the growth of so-called “in-mold electronics” technology, in which flexible circuitry is encapsulated in injection-molded plastic parts. The parts could be used for instrument panels in automobiles, as well as window and door controls. They could also serve as touch controls and gesture recognition controls in refrigerators, washing machines, dryers and numerous other appliances.
DuPont engineers foresee the technology as having tremendous growth potential, going from tens of thousands of devices today to millions per year in the near future. “In the next five years, we want one in ten auto interiors and appliance HMI surfaces to be enabled by our in-mold electronics,” Mike Burrows, global venture leader for DuPont Advanced Materials, told Design News . “That’s extremely ambitious, but we would argue it’s doable because of the advantages it offers over what’s in the market today.”
The agreement calls for DuPont to provide the conductive materials for flexible electronic circuits to its partner, TactoTek, which designs prototype injection-molded “structural electronics” for OEM customers in automotive, home appliances, wearables and the IoT…