Printed Circuit Boards, a Hacker's Analysis (3D Printing Europe 2015)

Mr Carlos Ospina, CTO
BotFactory Inc
United States


Europe 2015 Presentation - BotFactory Inc*
Europe 2015 Audio Presentation - BotFactory Inc*

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Presentation Summary

Printed circuit boards have been around since the 1920's and have evolved to become a well know solution to the component interconnection problem. Different actors influenced the evolution of PCBs including scientists and engineers, and, as with most technologies, hacking played a major role. As the additive processes to build printed circuit boards make their way into the consumer market and the promises of low-cost and ultra-quick turnaround becomes fulfilled, an interesting range of possibilities are at hand for hackers to re-invent our world. In this presentation we'll present some of the new possibilities of 3D printed circuits given its flexible, light-weight and disposable properties. Some challenges for this new type of boards will be discussed at the end of the presentation.

Speaker Biography (Carlos Ospina)

Carlos Ospina is a Co-Founder and the CTO at BotFactory Inc. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor's Degree in Electronics Engineering from Universidad de los Andes at Bogota, Colombia. He also has a Master's Degree in Computer Engineering from the Tandon School of Engineering at NYU and a Master's in Business and Science from Rutgers University. His current interests include electronics design, software development and Agile methodologies for both hardware and software development. He is currently leading the team that created the company's products: desktop devices that enable rapid prototyping of fully assembled PCBs.

Company Profile (BotFactory)

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Building electronic devices has always been a compromise between cost, flexibility and time. BotFactory is born with the idea of providing all three, anywhere and to everyone. By combining technologies like inkjet, extrusion and machine vision, BotFactory's products democratize electronics design by providing the tools to easily print and assemble electronic circuits at the Lab, Office or Home. The involved technologies allow users to completely build functional circuits in less than 20 minutes and for less than USD$5 per board, fulfilling the promise of ultra-low cost, ultra-rapid prototyping for the electronics industry and technical schools.
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