circuit scribe: draw circuits instantly with conductive ink pen circuit scribe: draw circuits instantly with conductive ink pen
nov 22, 2013

circuit scribe: draw circuits instantly with conductive ink pen

circuit scribe: draw circuits instantly with conductive ink pen
all images courtesy electroninks




soon, makers and hackers alike will be able to doodle their own circuits with ‘circuit scribe‘, a ballpoint pen full of quick-drying conducting ink. developed by PhD researchers at the university of illinois, the drawing kit will enable users to build circuits with nothing but a coin battery, paper clip, and LED, or build complex circuits with multiple components and other open source hardware. unlike other similar conductive ink pens, the ‘circuit scribe’ has been precisely tuned so that just the right amount of ink flows to create a conductive circuit – achieving a conductivity of 50-100 milliohms / square / mil.


the ‘circuit scribe’ is currently seeking funding on kickstarter.



circuit scribe: draw circuits instantly



STEM education: circuit scribe was made for project based learning – kids can build circuits and switches in notebooks



open-source hardware: use circuit scribe with arduino, makey makey, and other electronic platforms



schematic sketches can become instant working prototypes – electronic components snap right in to your circuits

  • It could be useful if the conductive ink isn’t so much expensive. Since when you are learning or designing prototypes the room for mistakes it is very necessary. It is a good concept proof, though.

    rossig says:
  • This needs to be in a printer. Laser or inkjet I don’t care, but I want the DPI to be HIGH for complex parts. Amazing.

    Bill Votta says:
  • been looking for this for a long time –
    though there are numberous “conductive inks”,
    ‘conductive ink pens’, “conductive paints,” and
    “smd component glues” there is no really reasonably
    cheap product around yet
    & a lot of them do have a short shelve-life;

    can someone please invent a “component glue”,
    ideally …
    – based on some acrylic raisin
    – storeable for ages
    – no poisonous substances
    – cheap (!!!!)
    – easy to handle
    and, most important:
    – smthng that replaces soldering?

    awww, that’d be really nice to have

    marc_is_curious says:
  • cool idea.easy,useful.Much easier than what I did when I were in highschool.

    qianqian says:

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