Design your boards in your CAD tool of choice. Then import your Gerbers in the V-One software.
There are plenty of design guidelines and export guides available if you hit an obstacle.
No more chemicals or metal dust that comes from traditional subtractive methods. The V-One lays down conductive materials only where you need it.
These inks are highly conductive and easily solderable. The performance you can expect is similar to copper for digital, RF and low-power circuits.
Our drill accessories and copper rivets allow you to create vias and thru-holes.
After the ink is thermally cured, dispense solder paste to create a strong electrical and mechanical connection between the components and your board.
The same dispensing mechanism is used for dispensing our tin-bismuth-silver or tin-lead pastes for your SMD components.
Design. Print. Test. Repeat. All within an hour.
The more you iterate, the more you learn and the better your design. The better your design, the happier your customer and the higher the bottom line.
The V-One will have you iterating faster than ever before.
Fab and assembly on the same machine.
Zero day lead time.
Less than $5 per board.
The bulk resistivity of our ink is 9.5E-7 Ohms.m and the sheet resistance under typical conditions is 12 mOhms/sq. It is among the best conductive inks on the market. While it is not as conductive as copper, it is capable of handling almost all digital and analog applications.
A single ink cartridge will allow you to print up to 85 Hello World boards. This also equates to 100 m of conductive trace at 8 mil width, or 200 cm2 of solid pour. The number of boards you are able to print will depend on size and complexity of the circuits you are building.
The ink cartridge has an official shelf life of 6 months and should be stored in the refrigerator when not used.
An 8 month research partnership with the University of Alberta demonstrated the ink will perform on par with standard copper up to 5 GHz!
To learn about conductivity considerations, visit this article in our support docs.
We've tested our printed PCBs under 100mA load for 4 months in ambient, high-temperature (60°C) and low-temperature (5°C) environments, with no detectable change in performance.
We recommend you stick with through-hole for large components like connectors, but use surface mount components for resistors and capacitors.
For passive components, we can dispense ink down to 0402 pads. For IC's, although we officially support 0.8 mm pin to pin pitch, 0.65mm has been shown to work reliably.
Your mileage may vary, and you're definitely in adventure mode. Much of custom ink printing is trial and error, and dependent on the material properties of your custom formulation, so accuracy and reliability are impossible to promise. In very general terms, materials that you can screen print are the best place to start, but we can't guarantee that something will or won't work. Many of our power users do dispense custom inks, so if you have questions about specific materials reach out to Voltera using the in-app support chat and we'll help you through it.
We use copper rivets for a couple of reasons. First: structural stability. Having a solid copper sleeve through your board is going to be much sturdier than cured ink. Second: hand soldering. Working with copper rivets allows for a nice solid metal surface to solder to, making hand soldering much easier.
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