White Paper: Manufacturing & Prototyping

How to Integrate Thin, Flexible Force Sensors into a Portable, Wearable Device

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As consumers demand devices that are smaller and sleeker, more design engineers are turning to thin, flexible sensors like FlexiForce™ sensors because of their lightweight, conformable profile and low-power demands. While every device is unique, there six core phases, or checkpoints, that engineers encounter when designing in components like sensors:

  1. Sensor Characterization
  2. Proof of Concept
  3. Prototyping
  4. Field Testing
  5. Final Embedded Device
  6. Transfer to Production

Having an established framework can help structure the process, saving time, resources, and money. This paper follows one engineering team tasked with designing a portable, wearable force sensitive device. It documents the lessons learned and steps taken at each phase, from characterization and proof of concept through commercialization, to produce a successful force sensitive device.

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