Scientists of Georgia Tech, the university of Tokio and the Microsoft Research Center have developed a method to produce small circuits on off-the-shelf inkjet printers in 60 seconds. The materials needed for this process are priced at $300.
The technology uses silver based nanoparticle inks, with which the thermic bonding process normally associated with printing electronics can be skipped. Among the tested substrates, PET film, photo paper and resin coated paper worked best, said the scientists.
¡°We believe there is an opportunity to introduce a new approach to the rapid prototyping of fully custom-printed circuits,¡± said Gregory Abowd, Regents¡¯ Professor at Georgia Tech. ¡°Unlike existing methods for printing conductive patterns, conductivity in our technique emerges within a few seconds and without the need for special equipment.¡±
The details on the process can be downloaded at no cost. The research recently won the best paper award at the UbiComp 2013 in Z¨¹rich.