Tag: Sugru

Sugru and Conformal Coating Samples

The Talisman V2 is shifting the choice of the encapsulation or packaging of the internal electronics to other artistic people. it is suggested that one potential possible packaging could be the use of the end user mouldable Sugru.

A sample 3 pack of safe, family friendly Sugru has been ordered. The white color was choosen to allow the light from the colored LEDs on the electronics to shine through the hardened rubbery Sugru.

To ensure the waterproof seal and to avoid any shear stress ripping the electronics off the circuit board, a thin layer of clear soft rubbery “conformal coating” will be sprayed over the completed circuit board.

Coating the electronics in a paper thin layer of conformal coating will allow the encapsulated unit to receive thermal heating and cooling expansion and contraction movement, along with physical knock stress. The layer of rubbery conformal coating allows the components to squidge against the rubber layer.

Conformal coating is an expensive specialists coating, available in small quantities by 3M (via RS Components) as an aerosol spray dispenser can.

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Sugru – Alternative to Resin Casting

As an alternative to making mould and casting the electronics in resin epoxy is the possibility of the end user using the sugru to form their own enclosure.

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The image above shows the sugru formed using the finger squish method.

Users would need ot use thin white sugru above the illuminated LEDs but would be free to form their own shape and add their own colored sugru.

An additional advantage, other than removing the requirement for production of resin casting, is that it is understood from a non legal view, that the end user assembling the final device from the component parts and sugru housing would allow the talisman to be classified as components and not a final consumer electronics device. Because of this, there would be no requirement for the Talisman to undergo the expensive FCC electrical and emission testing standard process.