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Print Circuit Boards with Squink

From kick starter page: Create circuit boards in minutes, from home, at the cost of a cup of coffee - Squink prints conductive ink and assembles your circuit.

Atmel had posted about a new device called "Squink". What it does is print a circuit board on paper (or anything flat like glass), applies conductive glue to the contacts, and automatically places your components on the board for you! They have a kick starter here:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/botfactory/squink-the-personal-electronic-circuit-factory but I am 13 and cannot fund it. I believe this device will be found in the home of makers all over, and I think spreading the word will help these people. So please head to the page and fund/share the word!

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mpilchfamily3 months ago

Nice gimmick but not practical for most applications. The resistance of the conductive ink and glue is a problem. The paper sub-straight isn't vary steady and can't handle any heat. Its a good idea for prototyping a layout and maybe working out the linguistics for mass production of a product but could never be used in any infomercial products. Its a nice first step into PCB printing but still has a long way to go.

JesusGeek (author)  mpilchfamily3 months ago

I actually saw on the kick starter page that I believe 7 inches of the ink was less than 1 ohm. You can look at the page for yourself if you must.