The DragonFly™ 2020 Pro can 3D print rigid-flex circuits. Designs can combine the best of both worlds —rigidity where mechanical strength is needed and flexibility where bending is required. Rigid-flex circuits for prototyping are 3D printed, in one non-stop print job. The result is thinner, lighter more compact electronics. The ability to print varied mechanical properties and novel geometries results in greater design freedom.
Rigid-flex circuits typically consist of two or more conductive layers, plus both flexible and rigid insulating laminates, depending on the application. This makes them more difficult to manufacture, the necessary connectors add assembly steps and the resulting part can be bulky. Additive manufacturing of rigid-flex circuits Imagine combining rigid and flexible areas in one printed part without the need for bulky connectors.