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An increasing number of OEMs are being forced into using flexible and rigid-flex circuits, for a variety of reasons: Sometimes rigid boards won’t fit the shrinking enclosures anymore, or the companies just need rugged, reliable circuits.
In the July 2018 issue of Flex007 Magazine, our contributors discuss some of the hurdles they faced when they dove into flex and rigid-flex circuits, and they offer advice to anyone considering a move into the flexible arena.
Check it all out this month in Flex007 Magazine, now on the virtual newsstand and available for delivery in your e-mailbox each month by subscribing here.
Be sure to download the PDF copy or future reference. The PDF is great for beach reading!
Stephen Las Marias, I-Connect007
Abel Ruivo, Atotech Deputy Business Director of Electronics for Greater China, and Daniel Schmidt, head of Global Marketing for Electronics at Atotech Group, spoke with I-Connect007 about the various challenges of PCB manufacturing in China, as well as about the opportunities in the sector.
Bob Burns, PRINTED CIRCUITS
One question that I hear fairly often, particularly after an initial quotation, is “Why is rigid-flex so expensive?” In this article, I’ll share with designers the cost drivers in rigid-flex relative to standard rigid boards and flex circuits with stiffeners. A typical rigid-flex PWB will cost about seven times the cost of the same design on a hard board, and two to three times an equivalent flex circuit with stiffeners.
I-Connect007 Editorial Team
For our first issue of the Flex007 Magazine, we invited a group of flexible circuit experts to discuss their work in this rapidly growing segment. Participants included Jonathan Weldon of DuPont, Mark Finstad of Flexible Circuit Technologies, and Scott McCurdy and Scott Miller of Freedom CAD. In a free-wheeling discussion with Andy Shaughnessy and Barry Matties, these technologists share their thoughts on the challenges and opportunities in flexible circuits, as well as what constitutes the cutting edge of flex right now.