Kit Turns Basic Printers Into Circuit Board Factories [Video]
A Japanese company has developed special conductive ink that let people draw or print their own circuit boards.
For some, a printer is a vital office accessory, while for others it can be a physical manifestation of the struggle between man and non-functioning technology. Still, the machines have been evolving at an alarming rate with the innovations of 3D printing. Still, for those looking to create circuit board AgIC Print offers them a way to do it using an ordinary ink printer.
Tokyo-based company AgIC Inc. is using conductive ink to help make printable or writable circuit boards, allowing for increased experimentation that standard bread boards don’t allow. It’s great for engineers and scientists who are creating products where they often need to make quick alterations to the boards. They can also be hand drawn with a special pen that contains conductive ink. The creators stress that the circuit printing kit is not just for those interested in science and electricity, but can also be used for family projects and art, increasing the use of this seemingly niche product.
Using special conductive ink, people can have a basic print create custom circuit boards. For a donation of $299, funders will receive the kit which includes 3 filters, 3 syringes, conductive silver nanoparticle ink 25ml, 20 pcs of special coated paper (A4), 3 syringes of conductive glue, 1 premium conductive marker, 3 pieces of conductive tapes, and developer’s parts list. For a donation of $599, funders can get a whole printing system with the special ink already included. Even at these prices, it is still one of the cheapest, easiest ways to continuously create circuit boards.
At the time of writing, the Kickstarter has met its fundraising goal of $30,000, but with additional funding, the project could include double-side circuit tools and insulated coating.