After a great project, try electroplating and liquidity, product designer and industrial design engineer, Jose Risco is back with another great project.
This time, conductive paint is used in mechanical drawing machines. Learn more about this project and the tools Jose used to create it.
Technology is undoubtedly part of everyday life in an increasingly connected society
However, the design and construction of electrical and interactive circuits in the design field and other creative fields is currently an underdeveloped skill, and in many cases unknown to the user and the end customer.
This project seeks to respond to an approach that relies on industry design, and the underlying problem of electronic understanding and use is the use of conductive ink.
After researching current solutions in the current market, and different types of conductive ink, he suggested that the project be valuable in solving the problem by tackling it from a different perspective.
The end result is Plunkett, an interactive circuit diagramming machine that uses electroplating to allow users to design prototypes and create many projects and ideas in a simple and easy way.
The challenge for this project is to design a system that makes it easy for users who do not have enough knowledge to enter the electronic world.
It strives to achieve this challenge in creative ways and with its own manifestation; An approach is possible only from the perspective of industrial design and products.
The source of this challenge is derived from Hoss’s professional and academic experience, as well as his personal experience, exploration, and experimentation with conductive ink.
In these recent years, Jose has noticed that many of the projects he has been involved in are at a stage in the development process where prototypes of electronic components need to be used or used.
He also noted how this need or specific concern or connection was created for members of the team who were unfamiliar with the basics of electricity and electronics or lacked the opportunity to learn.
In a world where we see the application of technological entities in all kinds of products every day, Jose believes there is no better time than ever for the development of such enterprises.
In order to be able to run ink through tests for feasibility and operational tests, a prototype injector was created using stepper motors, 5cc syringes, and self-printed 3D parts.
The prototype was first integrated with the 3D printer extruder, and as a second option it was attached to the drawing artist’s frame.
In both cases, it was emphasized that the concept of conductive ink printing circuit was possible.
During the testing phase, Hose also tested whether those “printed” circuits using the designer prototype were functional, and obtained any positive results as seen in the pictures.
The drawing machine is capable of creating interactive circuits (electrical circuits, sensors) using conductive ink.
To be able to do this, the user will have an ink refill, which the device itself injects into the paper after the user-etched shape.
After observing the behavior of the ink, it has been shown to work best when applied to small-length effects as the amount of resistance decreases.
This mechanical drawing machine is a movable object, with a movable range of 1 x 5 mm, which allows a large drawing space for the device of this size and its features.
In addition to this project, Jose used electroplating, touch panels and other electronics such as Arduino, CAD modeling, 3D printing, laser, CNC milling machines etc.
One of the biggest challenges he faces in this project is to perform multiple basic math operations, such as the amount of motion the injector provides and the amount of ink flow while the device is operating. As well as the duration of the quantity of interchangeable ink cartridges.
After performing the necessary calculations, he obtained both experimental and experimental results that with a full cartridge capacity, which is only 2.83 ink ink, it could be drawn by a length of 1132 meters with a maximum length of 0.41 mm.
This makes the use of ink much more than applying the manual method.
The result is Plunkett Drawing, an interactive circuit drawing machine designed to democratize the use of electronics in a creative environment.
With Plink, users can design countless models and ideas and create endless projects using conductive ink and print on a variety of materials, such as paper, plastic, or textiles.