JOLED Inc., which develops, manufactures, and sells organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays, has been developing the world’s first printed OLED display mass-production lines, and started building production lines for the
In-Mold Electronics eliminates additional weight and post-processing operation by allowing parts to directly includes the electronic circuitry during the molding cycle. It combines In-Mold Decorating (IMD) technology with Printed Electronics. Benefits include enhanced manufacturing productivity, overall system cost reductions and greater design flexibility. Designers like the technology as it allows them to eliminate the buttons and multiple layers involved in the assembly of conventional electro-mechanical switches and replace them with pre-integrated plastic parts. The result is a highly-functional, lightweight, and aesthetical parts.
Typically, an In-Mold Electronics application starts with the screen printing of a PC or PE film with its decorative design. On top of it, are screen-printed a conductive, and dielectric inks. Once cured, the printed films are thermo-formed to a 3D shape. The 3D forms are then placed in an injection mold to have resin injected behind it. The final part is a rigid plastic component with functionality. Surface mount components such as connectors or LEDs are added after the forming and molding operations to increase functionality of the part. GenesInk SmartInk offers no compromise between thermoformability and conductivity.