NextFlex (a Manufacturing USA institute) Project Calls fulfill one of the Institute’s primary goals: fostering technology innovation and commercialization.
Project Call 5.0 (PC 5.0) focuses on areas identified in the Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) Roadmap developed by NextFlex Technical Working Groups. This roadmap is developed by industry, government, nonprofit, and academic subject matter experts, and reviewed by the Institute’s Technical and Governing Councils. Project call topics address identified gaps where the manufacturing readiness lags other aspects of the FHE ecosystem.
A wide range of topics comprise this latest project call. PC 5.0 focuses primarily on manufacturing challenges and less on the development of complete functional demonstrator systems than some previous NextFlex Project Calls. Topics have been developed by both Manufacturing Thrust Area and Technology Platform Demonstrator Technical Working Groups, addressing general and specific manufacturing challenges. Physical hardware deliverables are still strongly desired, and for some topics, are required.