Rigid flex circuit boards combines flexible circuit board with the rigid circuit board.This combination is ideal for making full use of the benefits of both flexible and rigid circuit boards, which the rigid circuit board can carry all or the bulk of the components, and the flexible sections can be regarded as interconnections between the rigid sections.
Many rigid-flex circuit boards consist of multiple layers of flexible circuit substrates attached to rigid boards externally and/or internally. The flexible substrates are designed to be in a constant state of flex and are usually formed in a flexed curve during manufacturing or installation, which depend upon the design of the application.
RIGID-FLEX PCB ADVANTAGES
The combination of flexible and rigid PCB circuit boards is very useful which is a beneficial product for both applications as well as customers.
Dynamism: Flexible PCB makes your packaging more simple and space, at the same time retaining the precision density and repeatability of printed circuit boards.
Mechanical Stability: The rigid printed circuit boards provide stability, while flexible boards provide the flexibility required for installation in small spaces.
Saving Space and Money: The use of rigid-flex circuit boards can reduce total PCB costs and expenditures.
Security: It provides secure connections for other components, and stability and polarity. It also helps reduce the number of connector components in an application.
Other benefits include flexible design options, high circuit board density, high heat dissipation, and excellent resistance to chemicals, radiation and so on.
RIGID-FLEX PCB APPLICATIONS
Rigid-flex circuit boards can be used in commercial as well as industrial applications. And rigid-flex circuit boards can be found in everywhere.
Rigid-flex PCBs are mainly used in military, aerospace, and medical devices because rigid-flex circuit boards can reduce the product’s weight. This enhances the device’s performance to a great extent. Rigid-Flex circuit boards also support the construction of devices at feasible rates which are because of their low weight and small size.
Other examples of rigid-flex circuit boards applications include: Wearables/Cell Phones/Digital Cameras/Computer Servers/Medical Equipment/Telecommunications/Industrial & Commercial/Automotive .
The various advantages of design, function, and application, make rigid-flex circuit boards the optimum solution for commercial and industrial applications, requiring powerful components that can fit into small-sized applications.