4 Reasons Flexible PCBs Have Taken Over Your Favorite Devices

Almost every new piece of technology you see nowadays, from cell phones to the keyboards in your computers are built with Flexible Printed Circut Boards. These boards can adapt to any shape and are not limited to a design built around a rigid, unbending circuit board. Let’s take a look at some of the advantages of using a flexible printed circuit board.

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UV Laser Depaneling: Taking the Hazards Out of HAZ

How will the heat generated by a laser beam affect my board and components during depaneling? Will it melt edge components into an ugly heap? Or demolish thin flex materials into an unrecognizable blob? We get these worst case scenario questions all the time from PCB designers and manufacturers who have relied on mechanical routers, manual cutters, and other traditional depaneling machines throughout their careers. So it is no wonder that there’s an ongoing concern about a laser’s heat affective zone (HAZ), and the thermal effect on edge components in particular.

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The Good Gets Even Better: Flex PCB Laser Etching

Flexibility is a good thing if you’re an Olympic gymnast or Cirque du Soleil performer – and it’s essential for PCB designers and manufacturers whose prototypes and end products demand precision etching on flex PCB materials. For the past 40 years, standard mechanical PCB milling systems have been the tools of choice for straightforward milling operations, and in some cases, they’ve been great performers for flex PCB etching as well. LPKF’s top-performing ProtoMat mechanical PCB milling systems, for example, feature faster spindle speeds, low runout and high resolution for working with substrates as thin as 5 mil for single-sided designs and traces, and spacing as small as 4 mil. All good stuff, so how could it get even better? Laser.

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Multi-Layer Prototyping: There’s No Excuse Not to Go In-House


“…There will be a rush charge for that.”

“…We should have that for you in two days.”

“…We’re a little backed up right now, but we’ll get to it ASAP.

If you’re stuck outsourcing your prototype PCB designs, you’ve probably heard these excuses for as long as you can remember. Fortunately, now you have another option.

Fabricating single layer prototype PCBs is fairly straightforward and as a result, more and more organizations are bringing this process in-house. Quicker turnaround times, increased flexibility, and the cost savings compared to outsourcing make a compelling argument. But what happens if multi-layer prototypes are needed? The good news is that it is now possible to process advanced multi-layer designs in house as well. Best of all, the same benefits of bringing single layer fabrication in-house still apply – and when you are processing designs with up to 8-layers the payoff is exponentially bigger.

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