Methode Development Company (MDC) announced a development kit that enables engineers to create functional electrical circuits with a thermal inkjet desktop printer. The development kit eliminates tooling and reduces development time. The kit includes a thermal inkjet printer, two sample substrates, a cartridge filled with the 9101 conductive ink, a printer maintenance kit and an owner’s manual. The cartridge replaces the existing black cartridge on the desktop printer.
The desktop print head is the same head used for industrial print systems, allowing a direct path for production scale-up. The price of the kit is $1,850 with replacement 9101 ink cartridges available.
Methode announced the water-based 9101 conductive ink last year. The 9101 conductive ink is formulated for thermal and piezo inkjet printing systems. The digital inkjet printing method enables circuit pattern and variable data experimentation right at a designer’s desk.
The ink has electrical resistance as low as 0.2 ohms per square when printed with a resolution of 600 dots per inch (DPI). The 9101 conductive ink is ideal for security printing, RFID, signage, displays, backplane, photovoltaic and security applications. The conductive properties of the ink are well suited for the growing expanding electronics market, which is forecast to grow over $1 billion by 2014.
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