BotFactory SV2 PCB Printer
Millions of Electrical Engineers, Academics, Students and Hobbyists spend billions of dollars creating Printed Circuit Boards, yet waste time waiting for their design to be fabricated. BotFactory took it upon itself to bring the tools closer to the designer, creating a product that integrates all of the steps of PCB fabrication into a compact, intuitive package. When BotFactory started on this path in 2013, they took advantage of the maturation in conductive nanoparticle inks, image recognition technology and the drop in costs in control system costs. Called the BotFactory Squink, this Desktop PCB Printer can print conductive traces, dispense solder and pick-and-place components, creating PCBs on anything from paper to FR4 to flexible kapton. Squink delivers a solution at several magnitudes of cost lower than in-line manufacturing equipment, heralding one of the rare moments where the rules of manufacturing and innovation are up-ended by miniaturization. BotFactory Squink is in the labs of Fortune 500 companies, Ivy League Universities, Hackerspaces and local Garages, being used from everything from developing educational products to teach young students the basics of electrical engineering, embedded electronics for water heater systems or developing IoT devices and wearables.
Self-sustainable Electrical Sensors and Condition Monitors for Smart Safe Electrified Cities and Living
Electricity is the lifeblood of modern cities and people living to power up everything ranging from personal and home appliances to industrial facilities, public utilities, and national infrastructures. The electricity transport and utilization activities can now be loyally, safely, smartly, and continuously guarded by our “Self-sustainable Electrical Sensors (SsESs)” and their “Energy-harvesting Self-powered Wireless Condition Monitors (EhSpWCMs)” without the needs of external power supplies, signal conditioners, and/or other active/sensitive auxiliaries to sustain their operations. The real-life and critical problems in wiring power cords and signal cables as well as in shutting down all powers during installation, commissioning, and maintenance of traditional electrical sensors (e.g.,Hall sensors, current transformers) can be readily resolved, which improving the safety, reliability, and availability of electrical assets and systems. These critically challenging jobs are enabled by a masterpiece of passive-sensing and energy-harvesting chip made from rare-earth-multiferroic smart materials with giant magnetoelectric properties in SsESs. Our SsESs can be simply placed on any sensing point of interest (e.g.,cables, conductors, busbars) to detect electrical currents and temperatures while harvesting and converting wasted environmental energies into useful electrical energy for local storage and powering microcontroller, memory, display, wireless transmitter, associated with EhSpWCMs.