Now, the biggest thing I’ve learned in my engineering career is that the simpler, cleaner, and more modern something looks, it makes the manufacturing process harder! To get the seamless look with no parting lines for the buttons posed a big challenge. After a lot of back and forth with our factory and engineers discussing the options, we finally achieved the look with in-mold decoration (IMD).
In-mold decoration is a process where a film decoration is placed inside the tooling and then the plastic is injected into the tooling. Due to the heat, the film adheres permanently to the plastic giving you a piece of plastic with colors and decorations that can’t be peeled or scratched off! It also helps us make our vibrator waterproof. Cool right? This technique is used on a lot of products out there: old school flip phones, car emblems, phone covers, washing machine button panels, etc!
So now that we’ve got the process nailed down, we are spending our time to make sure every detail of this button panel is perfect from the function to cosmetics. We’ve extensively been optimizing the button pushes to make sure you’ll never accidentally trigger one of the buttons (can you imagine accidentally shutting off your vibrator right at the peak of using it? Ugh!).
For the cosmetics, we’ve been working intensely on the color, material, and finish to make sure it’s the high quality and premium look and feel we’ve set our standards at. For example, we’ve decided to spend some of our time to change out this original, shiny, and plastic-y button panel for this smooth, matte, and silver finish. I mean, seriously, look at the difference.
This is probably more information than you ever needed to know about button panels, but there are just so many great things chugging along in the Lioness world that I had to share!
Until next time!