Design of the printing pattern on film for three-dimensional molded interconnect devices

Ren Hao Liu, Wen Bin Young, Hsu Pe Ming

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This article discusses the application of an in-mold decoration (IMD) technology for the development of three-dimensional molded interconnect devices (3D-MID). The 3D-MID process uses the film printing technology to print the circuit pattern on a plastic film, and then deform it to the shape of the component by thermoforming. Then, the plastic film is placed inside the mold cavity for injection molding, and is attached to the surface of the component after molding. Experiments were performed for the 3D-MID process using a semisphere shape. A simple geometric model was also proposed to correlate the printed film patterns before and after the thermoforming. The geometric model will be used to design the required printing pattern on a 2D film for a given 3D pattern on a component.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1722-1731
Number of pages10
JournalAdvances in Polymer Technology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Oct


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics

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