HP Hydraulique has acquired Voltera’s V-One to create its own PCBs. This tool uses the automated control method called Computer Numerical Control (CNC), allowing rapid PCB design for prototyping. Thus, to design a printed circuit, it would be enough to draw the card with a software of edition of circuits like AutoCAD Eagle PCB and, using the software of Voltera to send it to V-One in the form of Gerber file so that this one can print the circuit directly on the plate.
This tool allows us to obtain a functional circuit quickly. It is accurate enough to make SMD, Small Micro Devices et through hole.
Previously, the creation process was done from punched cards. This process was more time-consuming and laborious, and increased the risk of error due to the multitude of wires and solder joints required to produce a functional circuit. This new tool, the V-One, eliminates this process and produces a complex schematic directly. In addition, since these circuits were manufactured outside the region, it was difficult to control deadlines and quality. It is now possible to design, print and test in a very short time.
The advantage of the V-one tool? It allows us to make two-sided circuits on various materials, from fabric to fiberglass panels. Yes, yes, fabric! The printer supports several types of conductive alloys for its printing such as silver or copper paste. Not to mention that it has a heating plate that allows “reflow” soldering.