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Circuit Board Printer

Kickstarter is a great platform for launching a product without having to have huge infrastructure in place. However it is getting filled more and more with cliché and over-hyped products that are not all that special or have been done multiple time (like the dozen or so 3D PLA / ABS printers from the last year). Still every so often a product will pop up on their that is really interesting / well-built, looks like it will be successful, and is innovative. The Voltara looks to be one of them.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/volter/voltera-your-circuit-board-prototyping-machine

This is a Circuit Board printer you set on your desk. It uses Conductive ink, and insulation printable layer(so you can cross traces) and even a solder past dispenser. Everything you need for prototyping your own Circuit board or doing small runs.

Now the biggest “hole” in my opinion is that it does not have a drill so you cannot add any parts that need through hole otherwise you will have to whip out the drill press and do it manually. Not really and issue but for the cost ($1,499) it would be good to have that at lease be an add-on.

Best of luck to the Voltera team.

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Shipping cost how much?

I received the 2 aluminum parts I ordered last week and discovered that the shipping was almost more then the parts. It was 27.46 for the parts and shipping was 24.68 for 13lbs and 2 separate shipping containers. What I didn’t realize is that if you get stock that is different lengths (6′ and 8′ as I did) then they have separate shipping containers. Wish that they had told me before hand. Oh well guess I know better for next time.

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