June 29, 2011 AT 4:07 pm

Silver pen allows electrical circuits to be handwritten on paper and other surfaces

Silver-Pen

Silver pen allows electrical circuits to be handwritten on paper and other surfaces

While metallic inks have been used to manufacture electronic devices using inkjet printing technology, the silver pen offers users the freedom and flexibility to construct electronic devices on the fly, says Jennifer Lewis, the Hans Thurnauer professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois who led the research team along with Jennifer Bernhard, a professor of electrical and computer engineering.

“The key advantage of the pen is that the costly printers and printheads typically required for inkjet or other printing approaches are replaced with an inexpensive, hand-held writing tool,” said Lewis. “This is an important step toward enabling desktop manufacturing (or personal fabrication) using very low cost, ubiquitous printing tools.”


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2 Comments

  1. Hey guys ,

    let’s try to get a sample and make some EggBot Circuits! What do you guys think?

    Diego

  2. Hmm, let’s wait for the actual product and pricing. Similar pens already exist [1] but are both expensive and a little hard to use. See also the comments to the article.

    [1] http://www.chemtronics.com/products/product.asp?r=1&m=2&id=7

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