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Printed circuit boards have been around for decades, and mass production of them has been an incalculable boon to the electronics industry. But turning the economics of PCB production around and making it accessible to small-scale producers and even home experimenters is a relatively recent development, and one which may have an even broader and deeper impact on the industry in the long run.
And now, as if professional PCBs at ridiculous prices weren't enough, the home-gamer now has access to flexible PCBs. From wearables to sensor applications, flex PCBs have wide ranging applications and stand to open up new frontiers to the hardware hacker. We've even partnered with OSH Park in the Flexible PCB Contest, specifically to stretch your flexible wings and get you thinking beyond flat, rigid PCBs.
Drew and Chris will be joining the Hack Chat to talk about OSH Park flexible PCBs. Join us as we discuss:
- How the flex PCB production process works now;
- What design tips and tricks make for better flexible boards; and
- How the PCB industry has grown with the hobbyist market; and
- How is flexible PCB production likely to change in the future?