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10 alternative PCB fabrication methods and tools

06 Apr 2015  | Cabe Atwell

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BotFactory's Squink is touted as a desktop circuit factory and has the hardware to back it up. (Source: Kickstarter)

When it comes to all-in-one printing packages, BotFactory's Squink has to be one of the few at the top of the heap. In essence, Squink combines circuit board printing, trace-hole drilling and component placement all in one package, making it a highly unique machine about the size of a 3D printer. Users can design their boards using any number of CAD programs and then print them out on photo-paper or glass- it is after all rapid prototyping. Once the circuit design is printed, it then places blobs of conductive glue for the components trace points so no soldering is involved. The electronic components are then picked up and placed at the correct trace points and set to cure. Incredibly easy, with little to no human interaction involved at all.

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