Thursday, February 12, 2015

Printer for prototype circuit boards

This year at CES Voltera demoed a printer that prints prototype printed circuit boards. This is definitely a niche product – but people who do circuit board design for proofs-of-concept or pilots have had to use tricky chemical etching or wait days or weeks for an outsourced prototype supplier to bring their design to a board. Either way, it's way too much work and time for hobbyists and small shops.

The Voltera uses conductive ink to rapidly print prototypes (45 minutes to an hour for a small board.)

They're targeting hobbyists and makers in the short term - their Kickstarter campaign over-funded by a factor of 4. Check out the animated gif below for a sped-up view of the printing process.

Here's a link to a video that more thorougly describes the product.

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