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April 20, 2007

Modified Ink Printer Prints Electronic Circuits

at 5:19 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Crazy Hacks, Electronic Hacks

Don’t throw away your old HP ink-jet printer, Seyed Bidoki has developed a way to print electronic circuits with it.

“A desktop printer loaded with a silver salt solution and vitamin C has been used to produce electronic circuits. The UK researchers behind the feat say their experimental device could pave the way for safer and cheaper electronics manufacturing. PhD student Seyed Bidoki loaded a standard Hewlett Packard ink-jet printer with a solution of metal salts and water. After a pattern is printed using the solution, a chemical known as a reducing agent is then printed over the top to make solid silver form.”