In-Mold Electronics is the combination of traditional In-Mold Decorating (IMD) technology with Printed Electronics. The result is an aesthetically pleasing, highly-functional, lightweight, and lower-cost alternative to traditional Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) with mechanical switches.
In-Mold electronics is gaining popularity in the Automotive, Medical Device, and White Goods markets for creation of Smart Surfaces within their products. In the near future, other markets will adopt this technology as the advantages and consumer interests are recognized.
Typically, an In-Mold Electronics application starts with the sub-surface screen printing of multiple layers of decorative, conductive, and dielectric inks on sheets of polycarbonate or polyester film. After curing, the printed films are thermo-formed to a 3D shape and die-cut free of the sheet. The imaged thin 3D forms are placed in an injection mold to have clear or colored resin injected behind it. The resulting part is a rigid plastic component with functionality. Surface mount components such as LEDs and connectors can be added prior to or after the forming and molding operations to increase functionality.
BTI has partnered with several leading companies to provide full-service capabilities for IME applications. Contact BTI for assistance with your project. Our team of engineers and industry partners will guide you through proof-of-concept to production parts.