IMSE Days 2.0 Recap
IMSE Days 2.0 Highlights
Thank you (Kiitos!) to everyone who joined us at IMSE Days 2.0! By embracing the spirit of the event—building relationships, developing shared context and sharing knowledge—you helped make IMSE Days a unique and valuable experience for all. For those who couldn’t join us this year, we missed you! Below is a quick recap, including links to event presentations.
Oulu Treated Us Well!
We enjoyed standard early June conditions for Oulu, Finland: 20-30C and sunny (OK, I’ll admit, not quite standard); and all conference participants got to bed before it got dark each day, even those who were in sauna until midnight and enjoying downtown Oulu afterwards (it won’t get really dark until September!)
Over the course of two days we were treated to an immersion course in in-mold electronics and learned from experts spanning the ecosystem. While nothing can replace the in-person experience, you can access IMSE Days 2.0 presentations on our web site from the link at the end of this message. Below are a few quick data points to whet your appetite.
Making IMSE Design Accessible
Dassault Systémes’ Michele Monsellier and TactoTek’s Jaska Rantanen did a live demo of IMSE mechanical CAD with CATIA. Michele announced that TactoTek’s IMSE design rules and drag-and-drop design elements will be available in CATIA in Q4 2019.
Altium Designer 19, (released Dec 2018), presented by TactoTek’s Tuomas Heikkilä, now includes support for printed electronics, including automating many (previously) labor-intensive and error-prone tasks and electrical simulation/error checking. This is a huge advance in productivity and reliability over using an electronics CAD solution designed for PCBs or a drawing tool for IME/IMSE electronics design.
Let There Be Light!
OSRAM’s Michael Brandl announced that LEDs with packaging and connectors specifically designed to improve performance for in-mold use will be available later in 2019. The future of IMSE designs just got brighter!
Innovations like this, and developments in materials, are among the technology foundations that expand IMSE design possibilities and make IMSE parts easier to manufacture.
Manufacturers Ramping Up!
Faurecia’s Tamim Belhaj reviewed a very interesting case study of a very complex IMSE part (104 in-mold LEDs!) produced at 95+% yield. What’s more, Tamim noted that IMSE has cleared Faurecia’s M3 hurdle and is available for customer projects.
Nanogate’s Florian DeWit foreshadowed new design possibilities that combine the company’s surface finish expertise, including infra-red transparent decoration and non-metallic ‘chrome’ finishes with IMSE (can you say ‘capacitive touch on chrome’?). Nanogate is currently building its IMSE manufacturing capability and will be ready for production at the end of 2019!
The Future Is Now
TactoTek’s CTO and co-founder, Antti Keränen, wrapped up the event highlighting the remarkable capabilities of IMSE technology today and that those capabilities are founded on the collective work and partnerships across the ecosystem. Innovations like LED design from OSRAM, and functional inks expand design possibilities and expand processing windows. He also acknowledged limitations and challenges.
A key trend driving requirements across many markets and use cases that Antti mentioned is the rise of distributed information systems architectures in vehicles, smart homes and many other connected devices. What’s more, Antti indicated that fully-integrated in-mold system electronics will be important for many of those use cases. Stay tuned.
Presentations are available for download from our web site here: https://tactotek.com/this-is-imse/conferencematerials/. We welcome you to share the link with your colleagues and encourage them to register for TactoTek’s newsletter.
We at TactoTek wish you a wonderful summer!