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Flexible Printed Circuit Board – What You Should Know

There are two main types of printed circuit boards, the flexible and flex-rigid PCB. Choosing either of these two in the manufacturing of your upcoming devices can really pose to be a pain because all devices are being built with the core component and that is the printed circuit board. With that being said, the choice of which printed circuit board to use solely remains your decision.

There are two main types of board and circuitry that are being used in large-scale manufacturing of flex-rigid and flexible PCBs. Traditionally, both types differ; being designed by combining flexible and rigid materials. Flexible PCB is being manufactured with the aim of producing enough flexibility; its board is being rolled with some materials such as copper. While flex-rigid printed circuit boards use both combinations of rigid and flexible materials.

However, we are going to look into the flexible printed circuit board and what its pros and cons are.

The Flexible Printed Circuit Board

This type of printed circuit boards are called flexible for many reasons, but the most evident reason is that the circuitry is being designed to fit the core product or electronic device being produced. The PCB assembly services mostly do not encounter too many issues using this type of printed circuit board, and also, the manufacturers would not need to create a separate casing that will fit the printed circuit board and also match that of the product being produced. This is a huge plus when creating a product in which total weight, durability, and portability is the main focus in its components and hardware.

However, flexible printed circuit board sometimes must adapt to a product’s limitations. That is, the board size might need to be decreased, the circuits redesigned or moved to fit or match up with a products case dimensions and specifications.

Pros of Flexible Printed Circuit Board

  • It is highly reliable
  • It is completely pliable and flexible
  • It can fit any product design
  • It is well suited for high-stress conditions and movement

Cons of the Flexible Printed Circuit Board

  • It is more expensive when compared to the rigid-flexible printed circuit board.