Canadian engineers aim to drastically shorten hardware development time. The average consumer may not spend much time thinking about them, but circuit boards are in everything from our toasters to smartphones. As it turns out, getting these boards perfected are a major bottleneck for hardware developers and often a frustrating process.
Even in circuit board capital of the world Shenzhen, getting a circuit board created for prototyping can take two days, sou can imagine the arduous process of placing an international order, paying setup fees and shipping costs only to realize you made a slight error and having to start all over.
As part of the HAXLR8R hardware accelerator program, Canada-based Voltera Inc. has developed a solution to make rapid prototyping not only possible, but a cost-effective solution. Voltera’s V-One circuit printer enables circuit boards to be prototyped in as little as 15 minutes, considerably reducing the hardware development lifecycle. Like many new creations, the idea was born out of a pressing need. Co-founder Alroy Almeida explains:
As professional engineers, my co-founders and I couldn’t wait two weeks for circuit boards to be manufactured and shipped. As hobbyists, we couldn’t afford the high set up fees charged by fabrication centers. We were inspired by how 3D printers were starting to revolutionize the mechanical prototyping space, and set out to create a similar tool for electronics prototyping. … (Read more)