NextFlex Invests Over USD 12.5M in Flexible Hybrid Electronics Innovations

NextFlex, America’s Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) manufacturing institute has announced $12 million (including $7M in cost-share contribution from participants) in funding for seven projects as part of its Project Call 4.0 to further promote FHE adoption and development in the US advanced manufacturing industry. This latest round of funding brings the total amount invested in FHE developments to $88.6 million, including cost share.

Project Call 4.0’s project winners are diverse and innovative, tackling scopes that address the industry’s key challenges, directly demonstrate manufacturing capabilities and offer a forward-thinking plan for transitioning projects to U.S. industrial manufacturing. The array of projects includes a wearable patch to monitor interstitial fluid bio-markers for disease and fatigue, encapsulation solutions to protect wearable electronics from environmental factors, systems to enhance the capability of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and all projects utilize and promote FHE technology.

Previous Project Calls received over 178 proposals with a total of $75 million in investment towards promoting FHE breakthroughs. Projects chosen for Project Call 4.0 are a continuation of the previous success and developments stemming from the entire Project Call FHE Roadmap series.

The Seven Projects Awarded with Fundings Include:
  • Development led by Flex on encapsulation solutions for wearable electronics
  • Development led by Lockheed Martin and Binghamton University of FHE systems to reduce weight, enhance performance, and improve communications capability of small fixed-wing unmanned aircraft systems (UAVs)
  • Development led by The Boeing Company of FHE skins to improve performance and add functionality to small multi-rotor UAVs
  • Development led by Eastman Chemical and UMass Lowell of processes and demonstrations for FHE device encapsulation
  • Development led by The Boeing Company on using additive printing to manufacture multi-layer flexible circuit boards with integrated electronics
  • Development led by GE Global Research and Binghamton University of a fully integrated and minimally invasive wearable device for on-demand monitoring of metabolites and cytokines from interstitial fluid
  • Development led by The Boeing Company of a smart textile with embedded and printed sensors for structural health monitoring

Click here to know more about NextFlex’s Project Call program.

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