Functional Electronics

Functional Electronics

 

(also functional microelectronics or molecular electronics), a term encountered in the scientific and technical literature for a trend in microelectronics. Functional electronics encompasses the problem of fabricating continuous combined media with predetermined properties and of producing various electronic devices by physical integration. Physical integration is the use of physical principles and effects that make it possible to produce components that perform the functions of a circuit or even a system; it is contrasted with technological integration, which is the fabrication of integrated circuits based on functionally simple elements, such as transistors, diodes, or resistors.

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As distinguished from IML, IMD for durable goods frequently involves roll-to-roll feeding of decorative and functional surfacing materials for back molding; paint films on a carrier film, which are deposited via back molding; or functional electronics (e.g., touch sensors) that can be applied in the mold like IML or bonded to the part after molding via vertical or roll-on hot-stamping.
Participants in the hand-soldering competition were tasked with building a functional electronics assembly, a new design this year, within a 60-minute time limit.
LITE-ON, a global contract manufacturer, has pioneered a 3D Direct Printing (3DP) solution that enables 3D antenna patterns and other functional electronics to be integrated into virtually any mechanical structure or cover - maximizing design flexibility, ensuring optimal placement and performance, and allowing slimmer product designs.
With the flexibility provided by Aerosol Jet technology, our 3DP systems can print sensors, antennas, and other functional electronics onto plastic components and covers, as well as metal die-cast insert-molded polymer frames, and even onto glass panels and ceramic materials, said Henrik Johansson, Senior Manager, Technology Development Antennas, at LITE-ON.
Now many technologists are experimenting with "applying" circuitry to 3-D printed parts via conductive ink "printing" capabilities to see if a three-dimensional printed part, such as a housing, could also contain functional electronics, thus reducing the number of circuit boards required and better taking advantage of available real estate to reduce weight.
"The asset freeze by the state tax department has prevented us from transferring the factory to any other mobile handset maker despite having a fully functional electronics manufacturing system," the official said.
Jeff DeGrange, vice president of direct digital manufacturing at Stratasys (stratasys.com), called it a "really fun venture." But the convergence of two additive technologies-3D printing and printing functional electronics on complex shapes could signal a fundamental change in rapid product development.
The first project, the development of a 'smart wing' for an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) model with functional electronics, reportedly has the potential to change product development in industries including medical device, consumer electronics, automotive and aerospace.
Over three days, participants will compete to build a functional electronics assembly within a 60-minute time limit.
OBJECTIVE: Novel manufacturing methods for functional electronic textiles.

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