RIGID-FLEX printed circuit boards combine the benefits of flexible and stiff board technologies. Depending on the application, most rigid-flex boards have some layers of flexible circuit substrates linked to one or more rigid boards externally and/or internally. Flexible substrates are made in a constant state of flex and can be frequently bent into a flexed curve during the complete lifecycle of the product.
Where are RIGID-FLEX PCBs used?
RIGID-FLEX PCBs offer various applications, ranging from smart devices to cell phones and digital cameras. RIGID-FLEX board fabrication has been increasingly used in medical devices such as pacemakers for their space and weight reduction capabilities. The same advantages for RIGID-FLEX PCB usage can be applied to aviation and the military.
In consumer products, RIGID-FLEX does not just maximize space and weight but significantly improves reliability and improved signal integrity eliminating many needs for solder joints and delicate, fragile wiring prone to connection issues. These are just some examples, but RIGID-FLEX PCBs can be used to benefit nearly all advanced electrical applications, including testing equipment, tools, and automobiles.