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10 PCB fabrication methods you need to know

17 Jun 2015  | Cabe Atwell

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Many DIYers and hobbyists find it difficult to design and produce their own circuit boards, which is why, most of the time, they turn to tried and tested methods to get them done. However, with the proliferation of new alternative PCB fabrication tools and services, the development process has become much easier now.

Needless to say, it doesn't have to be an ordeal to DIY your own board, and plenty of alternative methods are out there that can simplify the process. In this roundup, we feature some of the prominent methods of making your own circuit boards that will help to alleviate some of the issues that entail the manufacturing process.

First up is perhaps the simplest way to produce your own circuit board without turning to commercial manufacturers and entails using a 3D printer. The printer in question is the Voxel8 (from a company with the same name), which has the ability to print almost fully functional electronics, including quadcopter drones, electromagnetic coils and even stacked ICs. The secret lies with its ability to print with both PLA filament and conductive silver ink, which allows users to embed the electronics into the object while it's being printed.

Voxel8

The Voxel8 3D printer is capable of printing out electronics using conductive silver ink. (Source: element14.com)


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