BotFactory, Long Island City, NY, US
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.
Primary Application Area: Electronics, Sensors, Communications
Technology Development Status: Commercial Product
Technology Readiness Level: TRL 7
Vetted Programs/Awards: • Winner - $30k NYCEDC Futureworks Initiative, 2016
• 2017 Elektor FastForward Competition - 2nd Place
• 2016 National Hardware Cup - 2nd Place
• 2016 IDTechEx Technical Award
• Make: Launchpad Winner 2015
• $100,000 Kickstarter campaign
Organization Type: Early-mid-stage Startup
Showcase Booth #: 32M
GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES
External Funding to Date: $1.3M in Seed Round investment, lead by NY Angels VC Fund.