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Old 26th May 2014, 03:27 AM   #1
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Default Use Inkjet to Print Ribbon Circuits?

Hi guys.
I see plenty of good articles on how to produce the diaphragms for ribbon/magnetostat drivers. Has anyone looked at using silver ink delivered by an inkjet for printing to the media directly? I have seen this from AgIC on kickstarter and similarly here: How to inkjet-print circuits at fraction of time and cost | KurzweilAI
Seems viable.
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Old 26th May 2014, 06:47 AM   #2
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When I looked at it a while ago I saw a problem to get the actual ink.
Perhaps that is obtainable now.
Another question is what the resistance will be.
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Old 26th May 2014, 11:12 AM   #3
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Yes, the ink is definitely the challenge but the second article I listed described the setup at $300. I assume that includes printer and software. This thought came to me while looking at repair kits for my car's rear window defroster. I was thinking about how interesting it was that this liquid could cure to handle significant current. Using such a liquid in an ink jet doesn't seem like such a stretch especially with 3D printers delivering plastics. I would think impedance would run high. parallel arrangement of conductors? I would think you would need this anyway to handle the current. Oh well, just pondering
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