Print a circuit board using just your printer and PRINTEM

3D printing has moved from dream to reality in just a few years. Personally, I’m waiting for the day when I can speak “coffee, hot” into a device and have it magically appear like on Star Trek. Home and business users can now print complex, three-dimensional objects fairly inexpensively. This allows for rapid prototyping and inventing to take place – I predict a whole new generation of inventors coming right around the corner. But, if you want to add any type of intelligence to those 3D printed objects, you pretty much have to rely on hobby electronics boards like the Arduino, Raspberry Pi or BeagleBone. And forget about integrating other components or architectures if you aren’t good at wiring or soldering. But some recently announced work coming from the University of Toronto is aiming to change that. Meet Printem – a process to print circuit boards (PCBs) using just a special type of paper and your home or business printer.”