TactoTek Unveils 3D Manufacturing Process

Reading time ( words)

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.

About TactoTek

TactoTek is a leading provider of solutions for 3D structural electronics, enabling the integration of printed circuitry and discrete electronic components into injection-molded plastics. TactoTek provides tools and knowhow for creating production-ready prototype designs for new types of electronics, including wearables and invehicle applications, and scalable mass production. TactoTek is funded by Conor Venture Partners, VTT Ventures, private angels, and TEKES. For more information, please visit www.tactotek.com


Suggested Items

Beyond Scaling: An Electronics Resurgence Initiative

06/05/2017 | DARPA
The Department of Defense’s proposed FY 2018 budget includes a $75 million allocation for DARPA in support of a new, public-private “electronics resurgence” initiative. The initiative seeks to undergird a new era of electronics in which advances in performance will be catalyzed not just by continued component miniaturization but also by radically new microsystem materials, designs, and architectures.

Today’s MilAero Options, Part 1: 'Pride Goeth Before...'

04/12/2016 | Marc Carter
Historians, with their 20/20 hindsight, often write about the inevitable decline and fall of kingdoms, empires, religions, organizations, governments, and all the other permanent structures we humans build.

Stretchable Inks: Changing the Wearables Market and the Landscape of Manufacturing

05/13/2015 | Barry Matties, I-Connect007
I-Connect007 Publisher Barry Matties and DuPont’s Steven Willoughby and Michael Burrows spoke recently and discussed new material for wearable electronics: stretchable inks. Wearable electronics is a fast growing sector of the electronics industry that is inspiring new and exciting products, as well as changing the requirements for becoming an electronics manufacturer.

Copyright © 2018 I-Connect007. All rights reserved.