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Create circuit boards with this low-cost machine in minutes

09 Dec 2015  | Elizabeth Montalbano

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Zippy Robotics also has partnered with Upverter to provide its users with professional design software, although any software that exports Gerber files can be used to create a circuit board with Prometheus, according to Tuccio. "But we prefer Upverter and they're giving Prometheus users a free account that includes extra private projects over their standard free account," he said.

Prometheus is getting some industry promotion in a blog post by semiconductor manufacturer Atmel, which provides technology for the machine. Tuccio and his team have also launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to place a large enough order with the company's New Hampshire-based manufacturer, Rapid Manufacturing, to take advantage of volume discounts so Zippy can deliver the machine at a lower price, he told us. It also is offering the machine for an early bird price of $1,899 on Kickstarter.

In the meantime, with the design of Prometheus already complete save minor updates, Tuccio and his team are busy testing the product to acquire the required certifications for the United States, Canada and the European Union so they can begin selling the product in November 2016. The company plans to sell direct to consumers via its website and also is in talks with distributors of electronic components and equipment to sell Prometheus that way.

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