2013年9月25日水曜日

Instant Inkjet Circuits

I visited MIT Media Lab the other day, and met Mr. Yoshihiro Kawahara. He walked me through his lab, and showed me his new project "Instant Inkjet Circuits".

It is a project to easily make circuit boards using Inkjet Printer.

The first thing he showed me was writing with a pen. Connected tester, and we can see it has electricity flowing. Awesome, that was super easy!

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The next thing we can do is use a normal inkjet printer and print circuits. There are a lot of printers that are specifically created to print circuits, but this solution is awesome because you can use existing inkjet printers you already have.

This is how it looks.

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This is the ink cartridge.

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You can load the cartridge with conductive silver ink like this.

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And insert the cartridge and print circuit boards with a normal printer.

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If you want to know more details, you can read the paper:
Instant Inkjet Circuits: Lab-based Inkjet Printing to Support Rapid Prototyping of UbiComp Devices

Article
UBICOMP/ISWC 2013: INSTANT INKJET CIRCUITS

More printing...

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Thank you Kawahara sensei!

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are my own, and do not reflect those of my employer. -Fumi Yamazaki