About Flexlines

Flexible Electronics development & Prototyping

Printing electronics on thin substrates will lead to ultra-light, ultra-thin, flexible, portable electronic products. Applications include, for example, foldable lighting and signage, reusable or disposable sensors, roll-up solar cells and displays. When these applications are being produced on large surfaces, they can be brought to the market in large numbers at relatively low cost, forming the ‘Internet of Things’.

Solution for ‘grand challenges’

These technical innovations can address a number of 'grand challenges' as appointed by the EU.

The Flexible Electronics community has therefore grown enormously in the last 10-15 years. Many traditional electronics are coming from Asia, but Europe is leading the development and application of Flexible Electronics. In order to bring the Flexible Electronics sector to a higher industrial maturity in Europe, it is important that the players in this production chain collaborate even more intensive than before.

Ecosystem

By organising an innovative and well-organised Flexible Electronics ecosystem, the integration and coordination needed for Flexible Electronics between new production equipment, production technologies, materials and design methodologies will be brought together. In this way, the developed applications will actually meet the needs of the local industry.

By organising an innovative and well-organised Flexible Electronics ecosystem, the integration and coordination needed for Flexible Electronics between new production equipment, production technologies, materials and design methodologies will be brought together. In this way, the developed applications will actually meet the needs of the local industry.

The region has strong players with a lot of knowledge in Research & Development (R&D) in Flexible Electronics: TNO (with inputs from Holst Centre / Brightlands Materials Center), imec (with research groups in Leuven and Eindhoven, CMST group UGent and IC-Link), TU/e, KU Leuven and DSP Valley. Flexlines utilises the already existing ecosystem around the R&D activities of the current project partners. This advantage and cooperation will be used to break through with Flexible Electronics internationally.

Objectives

  1. Expansion of a Flexible Electronics pilot infrastructure. This for both research and development of products with local industry. Implementation of essential production investments and improvement design and production processes.
  2. Set-up of a 'one-stop-shop' for the realization of prototypes of Flexible Electronics applications for parties who are unfamiliar with the underlying technology. The intention is to harmonise the activities through one counter. The one-stop-shop wants to offer a solution according to the needs of the "customer".
  3. Realisation of a number of demonstrators
    1. as the first validation for the developed design and manufacturing activities
    2. as showcases, to inform about the possibilities
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