Vice President, Rational Continuous Engineering Solutions
IBM Software Group
As covered by Techcrunch this week, a company called Squink (love the name) now enables you to prototype circuits by 3D printing conductive ink on plastic or glass for about $2 a print. The printer goes one step further and robotically applies the discrete components as well, creating a complete 'circuit board'. The board can be designed using a web based portal eliminating the need for complex design tools as well. This is game changing for companies who need to create smart things at internet speeds. Using the web portal has also enabled the ability for a community to share designs. With the printer, the 'ink', the components, and the web based portal, you can have an entire electronics factory on your desk.
This is still on kickstarter, but it is an incredible indicator of what is to come. The replicator of Star Trek gets closer to reality every day.
Squink Lets You Print A Circuit Board For The Price Of A Cup Of Coffee