Most electrical, electronic, and electromechanical devices today comprise printed circuit boards, which contribute to their power carrying capabilities. Hence, their accuracy and functionality are crucial to the correct and efficient functioning of the product. Primarily, there are three broad types of PCBs- rigid, flexible, and rigid flex PCBs. Of these, rigid flex PCBs have some amazing applications in terms of technologically advanced modern devices such as wearables, complex circuits, and more. Rigid flex PCBs combine the best features of rigid and flexible boards, and hence already have a huge application in conventional and miniature devices and systems across industries. However, their evolution towards modern technology has been incredible. This post discusses the flexibility of rigid flex printed circuit boards as well as their application in modern devices.
Gone are the days when rigid boards were used for making simple electrical and electronic devices such as calculators, digital clocks, switches, and a range of other items from heaters and medical devices to computers and weaponry systems. As the technology has evolved, size of devices has shrunk, and the functionalities have increased. Adding to this, the designs and circuits have become increasingly complex. This is where rigid flex PCBs are of great use because of their combined properties of rigid boards and flexible substrates. Also, the flexible substrates offer tight tolerances and are resistant to temperature fluctuations, heat, and so on. On the other hand, rigid boards hold the circuit and components well. Here are some pointers which throw light on the use of rigid flex PCBs in modern and complex devices:
If you are looking for rigid flex PCB assembly for your product, ensure you partner with a PCB fabrication services provider who understands your requirements, can customize, and offer help at every stage including the design phase. Twisted Traces designs, fabricates, and assembles rigid flex PCBs, no matter how complex the design and circuitry is. The company offers end-to-end solutions, and has a market presence of over three decades.