Makers, developers and hobbyists that enjoy designing circuit boards may be interested in a new desktop circuit printer that has been created by Cartesian called the Argentum.
The Argentum natively prints images at 300DPI which is enhanced to 600DPI using the supplied software. Allowing users to print footprints as fine as TSSOP (0.65mm pitch) or treated G10 substrate and SOIC (0.8mm pitch)
The printed circuits can be applied to materials including polyimide, linen paper, stone paper and more and offers a build area of 172 x 103mm . Cartesian explains more :
Traditional circuit board design is a very time consuming task. Everything from designing an initial circuit, to breadboard prototyping, PCB manufacture and an iteration process that can take weeks or months eats away at progress toward the final product.
With the Argentum Desktop Electronics Printer, users are able to design circuits with the software they are already familiar with, export and print a board in minutes, then test and assemble their designs the same day. With this ability the process to iterate a board design has never been faster saving you time and keeping you ahead of the competition. Printing circuits this fast opens up a world of opportunities for Education too.
With Argentum students can print and assemble and test a circuit board in the course of a 2 hour Lab session and without the hassle of hazardous chemicals. Circuits printed with the Argentum on rigid G10, flexible polyimide and even paper can be reflow soldered just like a conventional circuit board using the same hot plate, reflow oven and hot air gun you usually use to assemble boards. You can even use the same old regular leaded solder paste you usually use!
For more information on the new Argentum circuit printer jump over to the official Cartesian website for details.