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MeDruForm- 3D Electronic Gaming Device

TH Nürnberg

The demonstrator combines the functionality of printed electronics with standard SMT components on an initially flat flexible dielectric substrate. By means of high pressure forming, the completely populated flat substrate is 3D shaped and overmolded after the forming process. The result is a three dimensional mechatronic device. The advantages of standard electronics such as fast, robust production, printed electronics (e.g. additive processes w/o hazardous waste) and 3D integration can be experienced in one single product. The demonstrator’s objective is an interactive, easily transportable game, which is designed on an attractive free-form surface by means of capacitive buttons. The underlying game “tic-tac-toe” can be played in either one- or two-player mode.

The game fields are activated by touching the game fields, and an LED that lights up through the game field confirms the selection. Further functionalities, which are all controlled by capacitive buttons, are color selection, brightness and a reset. The reset button resets the respective game to the starting position. The button for brightness increases the brightness incrementally, and when the maximum brightness is exceeded, it switches back to the lowest brightness.

Target Group

  • PE Companies
  • Opens up wide fields of applications: White goods, consumer electronics, automotive and medical technology, Construction machinery, agricultural machinery, industry with increased smoothness.

Attractiveness of the Product

  • The product is characterized by its geometry (free-form surface).
  • High level of complexity
  • New and unique design possibilities

Printed Electronics Components

  • Printed conductive paths
  • Printed capacitive switch
  • Printed adhesive

Funding Source

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)