In the last decade we have seen many technological advances that have revolutionise the way we live and interact. A Tokyo based startup has invented a marker pen with conductive ink allowing the user to draw electrical circuits. The ink in the pen is replaced with silver conductive ink that can allow a low current of electricity to pass though it. Users can draw on paper embedded with electronics and when the ink drys, it becomes instantly conductive.
CEO of AgIC Shinya Shimizu explains:
“Traditionally electric circuits are solid and thick and it was very difficult to be put up across the walls or the floor. However, with our “Circuit Marker”, you can simply draw it… For example, you can use it for security purposes by embedding an entire building with electric sensors. We are thinking of connecting everything by printing electric circuits on all surfaces in the home.”
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As well as being a great educational tool, the marker is expected to be a more cost effective option for manufacturing and engineering.
“Electric circuits are generally pretty expensive, with prototypes easily costing 50,000 to 100,000 yen (430 to 860 euro). It also takes some time to make, like a week. With our company, we only need to print it, making it much easier to try new creative ideas.”
Will this be as promising as 3D printing? We shall soon find out.
Conductive Ink pens are already on the market. You can purchase a Circuit Scribe Conductive Ink Pen from Amazon starting from £18.46.