For all the promise of 3-D printing, most machines can only shape plastic, meaning that if you want to build even a simple electronic at home, you’re going to be plugging in the bulky, premade circuits of Arduino boards. And if you’re a real industrial designer with proper resources, you’re going to be contacting a factory in China to build a custom circuit board to your specifications. Very little can be done quickly in-house.
But for $2,200, the Voltera V-One wants to give you the capability to prototype your own PCBs for custom projects. The V-One launched on Kickstarter earlier this year, and following several status updates that convey the young company is actually capable of shipping the thing, it’s just won the 2015 James Dyson Award for its potential impact on design and engineering.