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WORKSHOP: Scalable Manufacturing Methods for Flexible Hybrid Electronics

Life Sciences Laboratory, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Advanced Manufacturing Approaches and Platforms for Accelerating the Commercialization of FHE Devices and Systems

This workshop will address topics related to scalable manufacturing of flexible hybrid electronics – paradigms that may apply from prototype to low volume to high volume production. Particular focus will be given to emerging capabilities in print and roll-to-roll manufacturing, and ecosystem-wide discussions of existing progress and challenges for functional materials, devices, and systems. In addition to general challenges, a look at new devices and application-specific manufacturing requirements will be explored. Processes that benefit from continuous coating, patterning and integration strategies will be discussed, along with challenges and opportunities associated with future process-flows for scaled-up manufacturing. Potential benefits of optimized design, improved reliability, more effective modes of operation, and iterative human testing will also be discussed.

Workshop Session Topics

  • FHE Applications: Wearables, IoT, and Asset Monitoring
  • FHE Manufacturing: Scalable Printing and Integration
  • FHE Processing: Roll to Roll

Preliminary Agenda

Tuesday, October 16

1:00pm to 5:00pm – Pre-Workshop Tours of the Life Sciences Lab to include the following facilities

5:30pm to 8:30pm – Welcome Reception at Courtyard Marriott in Hadley

  • Mingle with FHE manufacturers, designers and developers and prepare for discussions that will take place during the workshop

Wednesday, October 17

8:00am to 5:40pm – Workshop General Session

  • Session I: FHE Applications and Products-Wearable and Human Health Monitoring

This session will address manufacturing scale-up problems and relevant challenges for getting products to market, including integrated energy harvesting and power, for competitive and regulated environments.

– Benjamin Leever, Air Force Research Laboratory

– Milan Raj, Epicore Biosystems

– Natalie Wisniewski, Profusa and Vladimir Pozdin, North Carolina State University

– TBA, General Electric

  • Session II: FHE Applications and Products-IoT and Asset Monitoring

This session will address manufacturing scale-up problems and relevant challenges for getting products to market, including integrated energy harvesting and power, for competitive and regulated environments.

– Sameh Dardona, UTRC

– Scott Miller, NextFlex

– Jim Zunino, ARDEC

  • Session III: Integration and Process Scale-up Part One

This session will address approaches and challenges for the integration and scaling of processes, and process platform solutions for existing and emerging FHE products

– Miko Cakmak, Purdue University

– Dan Frisbee, University of Minnesota

– Jason Marsh, NextFlex

– Justin Spitzer, Molex

  • Session IV: Integration and Process Scale-up Part Two

This session will address approaches and challenges for continuous and Roll-to-Roll processes and cutting edge methods and platform solutions for emerging FHE products.

– John Berg, Carpe Diem

– Devin MacKenzie, University of Washington

– Jeffrey Morse, UMass Amherst

– James Watkins, UMass Amherst

  • Session V:  Panel – Challenges and Opportunities in Scale-Up: From Materials and Equipment to Process Integration

– Lou Dadok, FUJIFILM Dimatix

– Stan Farnsworth, NovaCentrix

– Scott Miller, NextFlex

– Yolita Wildman, Flex

5:40pm – 7:30pm – Networking Reception and Poster Session

  • Network with attendees and participate in the poster session where NextFlex member and University students show off their latest FHE projects

Thursday, October 18

8:00am to 12:00pm – Workshop Breakout Session

  • Restricted to NextFlex Observer-Lever members and above.
  • Participate in four breakout sessions about the above topics that will allow you to use what you learned on Wednesday to create actionable tasks that will shape the future

Who Should Attend

• Print and R2R Manufacturers
• Flexible Electronic Device Developers
• Wearable & Medical Device Developers, Healthcare Professionals
• Smart Textile Designers
• FHE Technology Innovators who are interested in connecting with potential government customers and OEMs
• Manufacturers of R2R and other high-throughput tools


  • NextFlex has held a block of hotel rooms at the Courtyard Marriott located at 423 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035. Please call 413-256-5454 and ask for the NextFlex room block at the $179 rate before rooms sell out.
  • The Holiday Inn Express located at 400 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035 is offering a government per diem rate. If you qualify, please call to make your reservation here: (413) 582-0002

Workshop Fees

Early Bird Regular On-Site
Member  $ 190  $ 245  $ 265
Non-Member  $ 300  $ 370  $ 390
Government*  $ 0**  $ 0**  $ 0**
Schedule (8/17/18-9/14/18) (9/15/18-10/15/18) (10/16/18-10/18/18)

*Must register using .mil or .gov email address. No exceptions.

**Government participants can give a cash contribution for each reception and meal. The suggested amounts will be included in your confirmation email.




Can’t view the registration form? Click the “Register” button above or please contact Laura Castellano at 408-797-2247 to register.


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