DuPont Electronics and Communications (DuPont), a leader in electronic materials, and TactoTek, a leading designer, and producer of injection molded Electronics (IME) solutions are joining hands to meet the growing demand for IME solutions. DuPont plans to offer advanced materials and TactoTek plans to offer innovative designs that will work together focusing on touch controls, illumination and connected intelligence for automotive and home appliance markets.
“The anticipated DuPont and TactoTek IME solutions will allow user interface designers and engineers to create touch control surfaces that are beautiful, functional, and durable. The resulting parts can significantly reduce the weight, assembly effort, and overall cost of the product,” said Michael Burrows, global venture leader, DuPont. “DuPont is very excited to extend and enhance our collaborations with TactoTek to bring these compelling solutions to customers.”
By printing circuits directly onto plastic substrates, product designers can integrate touch controls, lighting, and antennas in applications such as washing machines, dryers, refrigerators, as well as automotive consoles, dashboards, steering wheels, and armrests. DuPont and TactoTek’s collaboration is resulting in the advancement of materials, design, prototyping, and fabrication processes for IME.
Dave Rice, senior vice president, marketing at TactoTek, noted, “By encapsulating the complexity of numerous discrete sub-parts into a single solution, IMSE technology greatly simplifies electronics integration and offers new degrees of design freedom. “Together with DuPont, we can educate designers and engineers about IME design rules so they can access the full benefits of the technology.”
TactoTek adapts customer designs to IMSE technology, develops mass production ready prototypes, and mass produces or licenses the technology for 3rd party mass production. TactoTek is funded by Conor Venture Partners, Faurecia Ventures, VTT Ventures, Leaguer VC, private angels, TEKES, and European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme.