Remote Control for Consumer Electronic Devices

A remote control is an input device that can be used to control a piece of electronic equipment located away from the user. Remote controls are used in a huge range of consumer electronic devices. Common remote control applications include television sets, box fans, audio equipment, and some types of specialty lighting. For engineers and…

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Should I Outsource the Manufacture of my Silicone Keypad?

For many product designers and companies that are concerned with quality, the decision to outsource components of consumer electronics requires careful consideration of the costs and benefits. There is a current perception that overseas manufacture of components are implicitly a lower quality than state-side production. However, this is not true within the silicone keypad industry.…

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What are Membrane Switches?

Membrane switches are best explained by contrasting them against the other popular switch type. The two types are commonly used in electronic devices and throughout one’s home. Mechanical Switches are usually made from hard-plastic and copper, and they function by manually opening or closing a circuit connection. Membrane switches are far cheaper, and they are…

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The Design and Development Process

Here at Silicone Dynamics, we are frequently approached by engineers and product designers in all stages of their product design. Whether actively sourcing parts for your manufactured device, or just looking at options, we have the expertise to help. Silicone Dynamics is staffed by personnel that understand the entire life-cycle of modern consumer electronics. We…

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LED, Fiber Optic, and Electroluminescent Lamps

Presently, significant growth and changes are taking place in the user-interface market. One of the noticeable developments would be the rise of various backlighting available for switch membranes. Membrane switches are widely known for its backlights that range from different levels of brightness, transparency and colors. Thus, it is essential for engineers, product designers and…

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Experts Step Up Silicone’s Role in Medical Devices

Recently, Fast Company reported that an implant that can one day fix spinal cords and let people walk again. Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, have developed the e-Dura, which is said to be a “tiny, skin like device that attaches directly to damaged spinal cords”. Stephanie Lacour, a professor from…

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Dimensional Tolerances Guide for Silicone Molded Parts

Tolerance tables provided by the Rubber Manufacturer’s Association (RMA) come with ranges to illicit communication between the user and provider over a wide array of industries. It can be noted that precision tolerance can be achieved by utilizing the manufacturing process. In contrast, some mis-specified tolerances more often than not lead to irrelevant expenses. As…

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3D Printing Technology Gets Leverage

  A developing technology called three-dimensional printing or additive manufacturing is picking up speed in industries as it transforms computer-aided designs into realistic 3D objects. This technology has been used by various industries including the medical, aerospace and automotive ones. One of the key factors behind 3D printing is its ability to bring production closer…

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Silicon Chips Mimicking Human Organs

A breakthrough in the medical field has snatched the 2015 Design of the Year contest, the very first award received by this sector from the global competition. The exhibition is by the Design’s Museum located in London which features the most innovative and advanced designs of all kinds. And this year’s winner certainly deserves the…

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Designing a Less Complicated Keypad

Designing a “Less Complicated” Keypad One of the main complaints that consumers have with modern electronic devices is the complexity of their remote controls and keypads. While modern electronics might have more features than ever before, manufacturers have done a poor job in reducing complexity in remote control device. According to C-Net, the average home…

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