Disruptive IMSE™ designs can be created with familiar CAD, CAE and simulation tools and workflow.
TactoTek®’s IMSE Designer is an add-on module users can deploy to add TactoTek IMSE design rules to their existing CAD and simulation software. It enables IMSE part design with TactoTek-validated methods and materials, and provides reference designs in 3D format.
IMSE part construction differs significantly from that of traditional electronics. Instead of having a PCBA that is integrated inside a mechanics assembly, in IMSE all elements of the design are realized within the same part: the cosmetic surface, the structure and the electronics are a single, seamless piece.
TactoTek design guidelines enable users to design beautiful products with unconventional 3D contours, and at the same time consider the functionality and mass-manufacturability of the part.
The fastest starting point for IMSE is having straight-forward examples of functional elements that can be used for your design. IMSE Designer features a library of 3D models, reference designs, for many typical design elements, like buttons and sliders, back lit icons, and dynamic lighting elements. Users can search and view reference designs based on their use case and copy reference designs as part of their active assembly.
Validated materials and components
Typical IMSE part construction includes IML films, decorative and conductive inks, electrical components and dielectric materials. The TactoTek material and component library provides users with validated data on individual materials and components along with examples of functional material stacks. It also considers the material and component characteristics needed to perform electromagnetic and thermoforming simulations.