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Welcome to the April issue of NextFlex® News in which we recap the conclusion of our newest workforce development program aimed to attract diverse youth to advanced manufacturing careers, the Materials and Process Database and the "data cubes" it can capture, a free Lunch and Learn for small- and medium-sized manufacturers interested in health applications for flexible hybrid electronics, and more.

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LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
DR. MALCOLM J. THOMPSON
We were pleased to host the Manufacturing USA Spring Network meetings at NextFlex last week. Participants included representatives from each of the 14 public-private innovation institutes plus government partners from offices in the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Commerce, all of whom support and guide the outcomes and progress of each institute.
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Engaging Middle School Students with FlexFactor®
NextFlex just concluded two iterations of its new one-day pilot program – FlexFactor Sprint: Balance in STEM for Middle School. This special version of FlexFactor was created to bring focus to the importance of early engagement when seeking to attract a diverse range of youth to the advanced manufacturing sector.
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Last CHANCE FOR EARLY BIRD RATES AND HOTEL BLOCK - DEFENSE APPLICATIONS WORKSHOP
SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED - 18 DOD and other federal agencies, plus industry, including FDA, OSD, AFRL, GE, Lockheed, and Boeing, present on Warfighter Health & Performance Monitoring, Structural Health & Asset Management, and Antennae & Wireless Communication.

Register to participate and reserve your hotel by Friday before fees increase and the hotel block rate expires.
WHO'S SPEAKING
Inviting Small- and Medium-sized Manufacturers to Apply FHE Technology in Healthcare
NextFlex will host a “Lunch and Learn” program on Friday, April 27th, from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM that will provide insight into how small and medium manufacturers in the healthcare arena can learn to apply flexible hybrid electronics technology to work in reducing form factor size, weight, and introducing conformability and flexibility into medical device products.
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Foundational Work for the NextFlex Materials and Process Database Now Underway
The availability of high quality material property data linked to processing conditions has the potential to reduce or eliminate this requirement. This is a driving assumption behind the creation of the NextFlex Materials and Process Database which can capture “data cubes” relating materials, processing, and properties.
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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
SI2 Technologies, distinctly recognized as the first member of NextFlex, is a high-technology, small-business firm that is a leading developer of antenna, array, absorber, and sensor products and services for the defense and aerospace markets. They specialize in low profile, wide bandwidth solutions for antennas, and in high precision advanced absorber products.
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WHAT'S NEXT
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PROJECT UPDATES
Live and archived project webinars are a NextFlex member benefit.
 
  • APR 19 Purdue University Ultra Flexible RFID for Inventory Monitoring
  • APR 24 UMass Amherst Scalable Manufacturing for Wearable Integrated Human Performance Monitoring Systems
  • APR 26 UTRC Manufacturing Asset Monitoring Sensors
  • MAY 1 Boeing Flexible Antenna Array Technology
  • MAY 3 UC Berkeley Sensor Integration for Flexible and Wearable Wound Monitoring

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