A look at the newest rapid-PCB-prototyping must-have that allows you to prototype from the comfort of your workbench

The 2016 New York City Maker Faire promises
to bring together tech crafters, enthusiasts, and engineers in a
fascinating display of knowledge, talents, and inventions. Aligning with the intention
of the cultural maker movement of bringing knowledge and innovation to the DIY-tech-enthusiast
community, Voltera V-one was a major showstopper at the event. Crafted to
re-design the prototyping game, Voltera V-one promises to modernize the
electronics industry by allowing both professionals and amateurs the ability to
rapid-prototype from the comfort of their bench.

The
Voltera Company grew out of a consumer need for an intuitive rapid-prototyping device.
V-one serves to replace traditional printed-circuit-board-prototyping
(PCB-prototyping) means — which require prohibitively time-consuming and expensive
minimum orders for factory pre-fabricated boards — by allowing businesses, researchers,
and hobbyists alike the luxury of rapid productivity.

Voltera_V-One

V-one
creates one- or two-sided PCBs quickly and easily at your workbench using
intuitive software and state-of-the-art components. Voltera’s software walks
the user through each phase of the prototyping process using instructions and
videos, allowing all designers to discover new things and learn more about
electronics.

“The
user interface is very intuitive to use,” commented Nina Ilic, a Postdoctoral
Scholar at Stanford/CERN. “This is a machine that can definitely speed up
development and help meet research objectives faster than ever before.”
 

Each
design is created using a Gerber file, the standard 2D binary image software
for PCBs. Once a Gerber file is uploaded on your desktop computer, the V-one
dispenser constructs your custom circuit using a silver-based conductive ink to
print your circuit, which ensures good connections and prevent short-circuiting.
Due to its condensed and automatic functionality, V-one dispenses the
conductive ink, solder paste, and reflow all in one, allowing users to go from
concept to creation faster. Users also have the option of dispensing the solder
paste and reflow separately onto any PCB board, not just those made on V-one.
There is also a manual option for those looking to do their own reflow profile.

Voltera’s
V-one was designed with researchers, businesses, and hobbyists in mind, giving
DIY-ers the luxury of time- and money-saving PCB prototyping. V-one allows
users to focus their attention on the end result — building hardware — as
opposed to navigating the timely prototyping stage. Voltera V-one gives users
the tool to do a low volume of professionally spun PCBs.

Source: Voltera,
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