TactoTek Introduces 3D Injection-Molded Structural Electronics for Wearables, Internet-of-Things Devices, and In-Vehicle Uses

TactoTek Integrates Printed Circuits and Electronic Components Into 3D Plastics for Durable Electronics in Rigid and Flexible Designs

OULU, FINLAND – TactoTek, a leading provider of injection-molded 3D structural electronics solutions today announced its initial public reference designs for its 3D structural electronics. The TactoTek manufacturing process eliminates traditional design constraints so brands can deliver products with unique form factors and functionality. TactoTek enables light, thin designs that incorporate electronics into structural plastics, including LEDs for sophisticated lighting, sensors, ICs, and printed touch controls in both rigid and flexible designs. TactoTek will demonstrate its solutions by appointment at the Mobile World Congress exhibition in Barcelona, Spain, from March 2-5; to schedule a meeting with TactoTek, email info@tactotek.com.

With the TactoTek solution, brands can create 3D control panels with sophisticated illumination and touch controls that reduce depth and assembly time; build flexible wearables that distribute electronics throughout the device instead of relying on a thick central computing unit; and enrich many designs with sophisticated lighting while eliminating light pipes, enabling innovative shapes, and increasing durability.

“Wearable technology, the Internet of Things and other new applications of electronics cannot be adequately served by the 100-year-old components-in-a-box approach,” said Dr. Peter Harrop, Chairman of IDTechEx and author of the new report, ‘Structural Electronics 2015-2025.’ “Lightweight, shaped, rugged, structural construction, where TactoTek excels, is essential. It will be invaluable in electric vehicles, for example.”

To facilitate customer transition to structural electronics designs, TactoTek’s Product Creation team works with customers to adapt designs to structural electronics that evolve into prototypes optimized for mass production.

TactoTek is part of a new trend in 3D designs that deliver structural electronics, where a device’s functionality and intelligence can disappear into the plastics themselves. The benefits of the TactoTek approach include design freedom, durability, and space-efficient, lightweight designs. Whether sensors, controls, antennae, circuitry, integrated circuits, or lighting features, TactoTek enables designs that stand out in the marketplace.

“Whether the market is IoT, wearables, or vehicles, the next generation of electronics must support the ever-increasing demand for incorporating intelligence into designs while supporting rapid product cycles: TactoTek was established to meet this need. We have developed our capabilities in cooperation with select industry leaders and the industry is moving in our direction,” said Jussi Harvela, CEO of TactoTek. “We have created tools and know-how that enable our customers to differentiate their products with new form factors and functionality, and keep them fresh in the marketplace.”

TactoTek prototypes and manufactures products in its Oulu, Finland, factory that includes a complete range of production capabilities; mass production can be performed by TactoTek or licensed to TactoTek-certified facilities.