Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Squink the personal electronic circuit factory

   This is an amazing project and for its price point one of the best and most affordable circuit printers(so to speak). Makers all over will be able to make their own circuits in house for testing and prototyping with ease, no more soldering needed, just upload your design and let it print the circuit, and attach the components with conductive glue. I would love one of these, however with my recent spending on kickstarter and indiegogo it is out of my reach for now. I hope they raise enough funding and future models will cost less. If you decide to back them, please leave a comment on their campaigns comment page that you found their project through IamABacker.com , Thank you.

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Create circuit boards in minutes, from home, at the cost of a cup of coffee - Squink prints conductive ink and assembles your circuit.
Building electronics has always been a compromise between cost, flexibility and time. Squink was created to provide all three, anywhere and to everyone.

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We want to democratize electronics 

Squink is another way to look at circuit prototyping. Unleash your creativity, test your ideas on the spot, improve them quickly, and use a range of materials to make your circuits, all while an intuitive software walks you through the different steps.

But our vision of Squink is so much more than that. We want to lower the knowledge threshold required to play with electronics. By allowing you to share your designs and easily find schematics online, anyone can learn how to dwell in the land of the electrons, and finally bring to life your inanimate items.
Squink is meant to be a portal to an active online community looking to push still farther the boundaries of what any individual can do. This is why we need your help!

Electronics fabrication is an expensive, messy, and time-consuming process 

Large manufacturers are expensive and have a long turnaround unless you want to create hundreds of boards, and there is no easy solution when you want to prototype quickly from home.

Squink is fast, affordable, flexible – and disruptive 

Unlike hardware, software development is fast and easy. With only a computer, you can imagine, develop, and test any ideas you have. We want to bring the same agile concept to electronics. This is why we built Squink, the personal factory for electronic circuits. It sits on your desk, and prints and assembles your circuits in a matter of minutes on flexible or rigid substrates. Home fabrication of electronic circuits has never been that easy.

From an idea to a circuit – in minutes 

You can access your Squink through USB, Ethernet cable, or Wifi. After you create or download circuit design files (GERBER), upload them to Squink and it will walk you through a three step process. You can also use regular PNG files if you feel artistic!

Unleash your creativity

Want to test that last crazy idea you had? Or maybe that board you found online?
Here are some examples of the stuff we have tried. With so many limitations removed, a whole new world of possibilities opens up.

A simple experience of a complex process 

We see our technology as an enabler. As such, we believe that the most important part of it is to make circuit fabrication a seamless experience. This is where we need your help! By putting it into your hands as soon as possible, we want to use your feedback to transform Squink into the perfect prototyping machine.

Let your voice be heard



Our project is technically diverse, and so is our team. Nicolas is an electrical engineer with a background in robotics. Carlos is a computer engineer who previously built an electric car. Andrew is an experienced front-end engineer who worked for IBM. Mike is a Professor at NYU and an expert in circuit design. George is a back-end engineer with experience from AT&T Labs and DARPA competitions and a PhD student at NYU.

Fighting the status quo

We started working on Squink when we realized that often times technology is the factor undermining cool technical projects, not skills. 3D printers were pushing mechanical design to new heights, but there was nothing out there for electrical design.
Eighteen months ago we formed a small team to work on the proof of concept during a prototyping competition at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. The final prototype used a syringe to lay down conductive ink and needed a lot of programing for every circuit made. But it worked.

After that initial success, we expanded the team and worked tirelessly to improve the speed and precision by orders of magnitude; created an intuitive interface accessible wirelessly; and experimented with many different inks and materials.

Designed and assembled in the US

Designed in the vibrant DUMBO community in Brooklyn, NY


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