Using automobiles as an example: Throughout their history, electrical harnesses have been made in the same fashion. Electrical wires inside of loom, wrapped throughout the nooks and crannies of the vehicle. At some point in time that concept will evolve and so a question was asked, what will that change look like?
Our answer is electrical integration and structural circuits.
There are many useful applications of an Integrated Circuit-Structure(IC-S). An example is an automotive body panel: The lamp circuit can be integrated into the structure of the panel(FIG.6). Using one of the mounting fastener locations as an electrical circuit connector, the circuit is passed from the vehicle and through the integrated fender panel to the fixture mount.
Another use is replacing the traditional wiring harness with a structural circuit assembly(FIG.5). Doing this eliminates wires being rubbed through, compromised harness loom(rocks, dirt, oil), and creates opportunity to experiment with the structure materials to optimize for varying environmental hazards.
Because components are regularly fastened together, the electrical contacts have been placed near the fasteners. Doing this is the best way to ensure a strong and reliable contact. A simple seal adds protection from potential contamination. In this configuration, Integrated Circuit-Structures(IC-S)* can be easily fastened together.