NextFlex®, America’s Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) Manufacturing Institute, was awarded the FLEXI Technology Leadership in Education Award for its FlexPro program yesterday at the SEMI Flex Conference in San Jose, California.
Launched in 2019, FlexPro is a professional training program designed to educate participants in FHE technologies and manufacturing processes. The immersive program targets working professionals in a corporate setting and provides hands-on lab time and design sprints so attendees can work in teams to consider applicability to their own product lines. To date, over 100 engineers, researchers and product developers have completed the FlexPro program.
“We are honored to receive this award recognizing FlexPro’s strides in making FHE technology more tangible to professionals within the advanced manufacturing ecosystem,” said Emily McGrath, director of Workforce Development at NextFlex. “The strategic advancements NextFlex is making with FlexPro are supporting FHE’s transition into commercialization, while also disseminating critical awareness and promoting more visibility around this technology. We are helping today’s working professional technologists, manufacturing leaders and design engineers discover the unique advantages that FHE provides – thin, lightweight and conformable form factors, quick to market, and low cost.”
The four-part course includes an introduction to:
- The variety of applications for FHE, including drivers and benefits, and manufacturing and technology program examples
- The engineering aspects of FHE, such as system design, efficiency improvements, integration and operations, and process flow
- Manufacturing and fabrication materials of FHE, including their process, tools, hands-on applications and product identifications
- A team-based design challenge focused on designing FHE in to new product introductions
For more information about the FlexPro program, please visit https://www.nextflex.us/learning-programs/flex-pro/.
NextFlex is a consortium of companies, academic institutions, non-profits and state, local and federal government partners with the shared goal of advancing the manufacture of flexible hybrid electronics in the U.S. Since its formation in 2015, the NextFlex community of technologists, educators, problem solvers and manufacturers have come together to collectively facilitate innovation, narrow the manufacturing workforce gap and promote sustainable manufacturing ecosystems. For more information, visit www.nextflex.us and follow NextFlex on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.
About Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE)
FHE gives everyday products the power of silicon ICs by combining them with new and unique additive printing processes and new materials. The result: lightweight, low-cost, flexible, thin, and conformable and highly efficient smart products with innumerable uses for consumer, commercial and military applications.