SIMON FRASER / NORTHUMBRIA CIRCUITS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY SIMON FRASER / NORTHUMBRIA CIRCUITS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Close-up of part of a flexible circuit, a special type of printed electronic circuit that can be shaped & moulded according to requirement. Made of a polyester (plastic) laminate, flexible circuits are typically used in circumstances where weight, space-saving or the nature of a component makes the use of the normal rigid printed circuit board impossible - in the nose-cone of a missile, for instance. The first flexible circuits directly replaced complex wiring looms that took a long time to connect. Like a rigid circuit board, however, a flexible circuit serves to connect a number of electronic components,.
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