- For the production of three-dimensional plastic parts, the IMD VARIOFORM® substrate with the desired decor runs through the machine as a wafer-thin coating in a roll-to-roll process. A thermoforming system as it is typical in conventional processes is not needed.
- The IMD VARIOFORM® coating is heated directly in the chamber of the injection mold and pressed into the cavity. This gives the plastic part its shape and its characteristic surface design with precise edges.
- Subsequently, the blank can be relocated fully automatically in the injection mold and injected with the necessary plastic material.
- This step is followed by the use of a special tool technology called close-contour punching, so that the component receives its well-finished outer edges.
IMD VARIOFORM® with In-Mold Electronics (IME)
Bavarian Innovation Prize 2020
Decorating 3D plastic components with matching touch sensors in one step is pioneering. Bundling the four processes of decoration, thermoforming, injection molding, and punching has convinced the jury.
- Process can also be applied to highly deformed geometries
- Integration of touch sensors possible with IME decoration
- Backlighting and light design for special effects
- Tactile design as well as metallization possible
- Decor is recyclable
- Also suitable for recycled materials
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