“In a world in which 3D printing has greatly revolutionized the way of doing things, the way to make prototypes of the internal circuit boards is pretty archaic.” With these words, Alroy Almeida, one of the founders of a start-up called Voltera V-One, He explained the idea of starting a project that just got the first prize in the annual competition James Dyson Award.
Its major product is a 3D printer the size of a laptop that is capable of print PCB (internal circuit boards) in any place and facilitating one of the phases more delicate, key and costly in time in the development of new electronic products.
Print circuit and soldering components
Voltera V One It has been designed by a group of four students from the University of Waterloo in Canada. His goal was to get an adaptation of 3D to be able printing do PCBs prototypes quickly and also inexpensive, both in time and money. Thus, if the initial design requires regular modifications, not having to send each new variation to the factory is a revolution in how raises the development of electronic products.
This printer uses ink conductive and insulating that, on the basis of appropriate, create a fully functional circuit of two layers. The printer is also the solder paste dispenser element, so engineers can add components and subsequently let to the printer.
The project, which is already in production, you will find Dyson hand an injection of 40,000 euros that it corresponds with the first place in the contest, the amount that should be invested to continue winning development.
Without algae sustainably and a dive light and compact equipment
The overall winner is not the only one coming out of the annual announcement of the awards with a recognition both as economic media. The James Dyson Foundation also selected two international finalists who receive 5,000 lbs each. In this Edition, diving and the sustainable elimination of unwanted algae have been the recipients of the award.
- Green Fairy, Student Sz-Chwu John Hwang of the University’s Chung Hua, is a project in prototype stage to tackle a real problem of rivers of populated areas: pollution of waters causing the proliferation of harmful algae. Your system, biodegradable, is a kind of ball It contains microorganisms that consume nutrients from contaminated water you are responsible for the proliferation of algae.
- Express Dive, Student Cathal Redmond, of the University of Limerick in Ireland, it is a prototype of lighter than the current diving equipment, and where reduced the size and number of parts that compose it. For now it is in a very early prototype phase.