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We are the pioneers of tomorrow. An elite team of thought leaders, innovators, problem solvers and manufacturers — At the ready.

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NextFlex is turning the large-scale manufacturing of flexible hybrid electronic systems into a reality.

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The formation of NextFlex has been a benefit to the rapidly expanding field of Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE). Formed in 2015 through a cooperative agreement between the US Department of Defense (DoD) and FlexTech Alliance, NextFlex is a consortium of companies, academic institutions, non-profits and state, local and federal governments with a shared goal of advancing U.S. Manufacturing of FHE. Learn more.

We are manufacturers.

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It takes people coming together from across the United States in industry, academia and state, local and federal governments to collaborate and coordinate their efforts to move what are a series of good ideas from R&D, into commercial production, and to then have a skilled and available workforce able to manufacture the solution at the other end. And at the center of all of these efforts, acting as the connective tissue binding everything together, is NextFlex.

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What are the benefits of joining NextFlex?

  1. Gain competitive advantageBecoming a member of NextFlex positions your organization for recognition as a member of a small community of thought leaders that are driving manufacturing innovation.
  2. Enhance your supply chainYou’ll create connections with a wide array of “first movers” that are likely to play a critical role in your company commercializing its next big product. You’ll be able to leverage NextFlex expertise to move along the experience curve faster, at less cost, with reduced chance of project failure.
  3. Identify best practicesNextFlex is developing the competencies and capabilities across multiple disciplines including control, information, process, safety and manufacturing operations that will become the standard used by all FHE players.
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“NextFlex will advance flexible hybrid electronics manufacturing, enabling domestic production of this critical technology.”
“... hybrid electronics has the potential to bring significant performance improvements and new design standards for aerospace and defense applications.”
“With FHE, we can take a product that already exists or one that is an idea, and design a novel wearable product that provides unique functionality that previously was not realized.”
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NextFlex Recognizes All-Stars of Flexible Hybrid Electronics

Fellow awards acknowledge individuals who go above and beyond to push FHE development toward manufacturability and commercialization
MONTEREY, Ca …

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NextFlex Proves Manufacturability of Flexible Hybrid Electronics Process, Creating First Flexible Arduino System Ideal for Bringing New IoT/Sensor Products to Market Fruition

Completed NextFlex Project Offers Prime Opportunity to Broaden Awareness of FHE by Capitalizing on Arduino’s Popularity with Open-source Develo …

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Press

Sparking Interest

A program out of California seeks to introduce young people to manufacturing even before they graduate high school. FlexFactor(tm) is a dual enro …

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AFRL, NextFlex leverage open-source community to create flexible circuit system

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A hypersonic boost for SI2 Technologies, UMass Lowell

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As NextFlex Members, Companies large and small are teaming up with academic institutions, nonprofits and governments with one mission ­— to advance the flexible hybrid electronics’ manufacturing ecosystem in America.

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