Benefits

TactoTek's manufacturing solution delivers benefits for a variety of uses.

Design Freedom

TactoTek enables designers to consolidate printed circuits, antennas and touch controls, and surface mount electronic components directly into the structure of 3D injection molded plastics. Locating the circuitry and electronics as close to where they are used as possible – the surface plastics of the product – can simplify design and product structure (e.g. eliminate light pipes), and streamline assembly while creating new design opportunities.

For instance, an automotive designer can create a smooth armrest with LED lighting and seamless touch controls, and innovative dashboard lighting. Meanwhile, a wearables designer can include haptic actuators, sensors and antennas in multiple locations to convey different meanings to a user.

Space Saving Technology

Consumers love thin, sleek devices; and engineers appreciate every fractional millimeter that can be eliminated. TactoTek enables reducing the size of devices by using structural electronics to provide strength where it’s needed and intelligence where it’s used. In-mold electronics can notably simplify product structures because separate light pipes and big, rigid printed circuit boards are not needed, resulting in parts that take up to 90 % less assembly depth. TactoTek technology enables combining the functions of several parts of a product structure into one, thin and seamless piece of structural electronics.

Light Weight

Minimizing weight can deliver significant benefits. In many use cases, TactoTek intelligent plastics can replace heavy, multi-part structures. Weight reduction by our structural electronics solutions goes hand-in-hand with space-saving: thinner parts mean less weight which is beneficial at all stages of product life cycle.

Car manufacturers are looking for ways to make lighter cars, whereas wearables need to be as light as possible for convenient use.

Durability & Protection

Because printed circuitry and electrical components are encapsulated in plastic, TactoTek’s manufacturing process creates inherently durable components that are protected from shock and harsh environmental conditions. In-mold electronics take on the durability aspects of plastic and as the system is sealed and seamless, it’s protected from debris and moisture, and shock and vibration. In-mold structural electronics withstand well also harsh temperature and humidity changes.

Excellent Touch Performance

With TactoTek in-mold electronics solutions, the printed touch controls are placed very close to finger – even 0.15 mm – and there is no air gap as in many other traditional touch control solutions. That’s why they deliver excellent touch performance and dynamic range. Systems can be designed for reliable use even with leather gloves.

Simple Assembly

Mounting in-mold structural electronics parts to surrounding elements is simple through a single flex tail and custom-made attaching features. There is no need for multiple electro-mechanical interfaces with our single-component solutions. Outcome: savings through quick and easy assembling and service.

Rapid Production Scaling

The production capacity of TactoTek solutions can scale quickly and at reasonable cost because we use standard production equipment which reduces time and capital investment required to cross production thresholds. Materials and electronic components are also mostly off-the-shelf which reduces the procurement times, making it possible to scale up production volumes also in that sense. Moreover, the electronic functions of TactoTek’s intelligent plastics can be upgraded with few changes to manufacturing fixtures and production processes to keep products fresh at minimal expense.

Rapid Product Innovation

Product designs are quickly refreshed with new electronic functions and cosmetics.

Design Freedom

TactoTek enables designers to consolidate printed circuits, antennas and touch controls, and surface mount electronic components directly into the structure of 3D injection molded plastics. Locating the circuitry and electronics as close to where they are used as possible – the surface plastics of the product – can simplify design and product structure (e.g. eliminate light pipes), and streamline assembly while creating new design opportunities.

For instance, an automotive designer can create a smooth armrest with LED lighting and seamless touch controls, and innovative dashboard lighting. Meanwhile, a wearables designer can include haptic actuators, sensors and antennas in multiple locations to convey different meanings to a user.

Space Saving Technology

Consumers love thin, sleek devices; and engineers appreciate every fractional millimeter that can be eliminated. TactoTek enables reducing the size of devices by using structural electronics to provide strength where it’s needed and intelligence where it’s used. In-mold electronics can notably simplify product structures because separate light pipes and big, rigid printed circuit boards are not needed, resulting in parts that take up to 90 % less assembly depth. TactoTek technology enables combining the functions of several parts of a product structure into one, thin and seamless piece of structural electronics.

Light Weight

Minimizing weight can deliver significant benefits. In many use cases, TactoTek intelligent plastics can replace heavy, multi-part structures. Weight reduction by our structural electronics solutions goes hand-in-hand with space-saving: thinner parts mean less weight which is beneficial at all stages of product life cycle.

Car manufacturers are looking for ways to make lighter cars, whereas wearables need to be as light as possible for convenient use.

Durability & Protection

Because printed circuitry and electrical components are encapsulated in plastic, TactoTek’s manufacturing process creates inherently durable components that are protected from shock and harsh environmental conditions. In-mold electronics take on the durability aspects of plastic and as the system is sealed and seamless, it’s protected from debris and moisture, and shock and vibration. In-mold structural electronics withstand well also harsh temperature and humidity changes.

Excellent Touch Performance

With TactoTek in-mold electronics solutions, the printed touch controls are placed very close to finger – even 0.1 mm – and there is no air gap as in many other traditional touch control solutions. That’s why they deliver excellent touch performance and dynamic range. Systems can be designed for reliable use even with leather gloves.

Simple Assembly

Mounting in-mold structural electronics parts to surrounding elements is simple through a single flex tail and custom-made attaching features. There is no need for multiple electro-mechanical interfaces with our single-component solutions. Outcome: savings through quick and easy assembling and service.

Rapid Production Scaling

The production capacity of TactoTek solutions can scale quickly and at reasonable cost because we use standard production equipment which reduces time and capital investment required to cross production thresholds. Materials and electronic components are also mostly off-the-shelf which reduces the procurement times, making it possible to scale up production volumes also in that sense. Moreover, the electronic functions of TactoTek’s intelligent plastics can be upgraded with few changes to manufacturing fixtures and production processes to keep products fresh at minimal expense.

Rapid Product Innovation

Product designs are quickly refreshed with new electronic functions and cosmetics.