Jump to content
Ultimaker Community of 3D Printing Experts
Sign in to follow this  

Bloody Brilliant: Flex PCBs via Ninjaflex!!!

Recommended Posts

Not sure. I don't even know what flex cable or toner transfer is. But my clothes iron gets impressively hot. Probably 200C. Ninjaflex may be deposited at 240C but is around 100C within 3 seconds. So perhaps it doesn't heat the "flex cable" as much as an iron?


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

It's the yellow-orange-brownish thin ribbons you can find in electronics. It's basically a very thin PCB. Some simply function as a replacement for a cable and are attached using ZIF-sockets (zero insertion force). Others are soldered directly to the board, or glued, or have contacts soldered to them. Some come without components on them and others can have passives (resistors, capacitors) attached.

Now, I don't pretend to be an expert on these things, not even close. But, I would assume that they'd be using reflow soldering the components on there and these days it's mostly that icky lead free stuff being used. Here's a random profile for reflowing with lead-free paste. As you can see it gets rather hot:



Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Makes me think about some booth I seen at MakerFaire. They were printing circuits like that in 2 passes and the reaction between both passes was creating the conductivity. They could print that on pretty much any type of base. They had some printed on a piece of paper.

I'll have to find that flyer somewhere at work...


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Our picks

    • Taking Advantage of DfAM
      This is a statement that’s often made about AM/3DP. I'll focus on the way DfAM can take advantage of some of the unique capabilities that AM and 3DP have to offer. I personally think that the use of AM/3DP for light-weighting is one of it’s most exciting possibilities and one that could play a key part in the sustainability of design and manufacturing in the future.
        • Like
      • 3 replies

Important Information

Welcome to the Ultimaker Community of 3D printing experts. Visit the following links to read more about our Terms of Use or our Privacy Policy. Thank you!