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10 alternative PCB fabrication methods and tools

06 Apr 2015  | Cabe Atwell

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Conductive inks and paints

Conductive inks and paints allow users to use any number of substrates for their circuit board designs. (Source:

Finally, the last circuit board creations can be made using any number of conductive inks and paints on any number of substrates depending on the project at hand. Devices such as Circuit Scribe allow users to physically draw their circuits using a free-hand pen device, electrical conductive sticky tacks such as Conductak can connect electronic components on the fly and conductive paint that has flexible properties can be adhered to almost any flexible substrate for flexible electronics. Made an error using those ink and paint methods? No problem, using AgIC's Erasable Circuit Marker can provide a 'do-over' that lets users restart their designs. Suffice it to say, there are plenty of alternative methods to create your own circuit boards without resorting to commercial manufacturers even though that's an easy one-stop solution.

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