Printing circuit boards at your desk

Squink – which recently hit Kickstarter – allows Makers to create circuit boards from the comforts of their own homes for less than the price of the average iced coffee.

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“Building electronics has always been a compromise between cost, flexibility and time. Squink was created to provide all three, anywhere and to everyone,” a company rep explained on its official Kickstarter page, which has already collected upwards of $55,000 towards their $100,000 goal.

Led by Botfactory computer engineer Carlos Ospina, the team says Squink will allow home innovators to “unleash their creativity, test their ideas on the spot, improve them quickly, and use a range of materials to make their circuits.”

Squink prints conductive ink on specific material, such as photo paper or glass, enabling Makers to create their own functional circuit boards using conductive ink and glue. The all-in-one printer then goes one step further than just producing out the intricate designs that connect all of the electronic components on a circuit board together. Furthermore, it will then actually pick and place those components onto the board, as specified in a design you mockup on a computer. This process takes a matter of minutes and can be completed for a revolutionary low price of around $2. This makes the prototyping process easier and faster than ever before.

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According to its Kickstarter page, the company aspires to lower the knowledge threshold required to play with electronics. “By allowing you to share your designs and easily find schematics online, anyone can learn how to dwell in the land of the electrons, and finally bring to life your inanimate items.”

Though the printer remains a prototype and the design is incomplete, you can head over to their Kickstarter page.

 

5 thoughts on “Printing circuit boards at your desk

  1. leon

    I think it’s a realy great projekt.
    When it is ready, what did it costs?
    Thanks for making this circuit printer.

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  3. Kevin Lewis

    You got me on the time and cost-efficiency. I believe this is brilliant. It would be easier to check if something will go wrong and it would be a great medium to see if something will work. EMS Solutions

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