VOLTERA ALPHA PROTOTYPE
Rapid prototyping of circuit boards to dramatically reduce project costs and lag time. The idea for the Voltera circuit-board printer arose from the all-too-common frustration of having to rely on costly and time-consuming suppliers or complicated DIY processes to generate early printed-circuit-board (PCB) prototypes.
Cortex, having identified the essence of what the young team at Voltera was trying to accomplish, tapped into its expertise in engineering and manufacturing to turn the idea into a commercial product. The printer’s appeal to its target market hinged on an ability to produce a custom circuit board in a timely, efficient, safe manner – in other words, to do something that could dramatically reshape the electronics landscape.
First and foremost, the printer had to be easy to manufacture, which would minimize production costs and make it an attractive alternative to traditional methods of custom circuit-board prototyping. By using a cost-efficient manufacturing process, the team at Voltera would also be in a better position to attract investor interest at the early stages.
ENTERING A NEW AGE OF ELECTRONICS
After solving a series of complex engineering challenges, including distilling the printer’s operation to its simplest form, Cortex was able to minimize manufacturing time and costs. This has helped generate interest among users and investors, and the future looks bright for Voltera.
In 2015 the Voltera V-One team became the first Canadian winner of the international James Dyson Award, a prestigious engineering design competition judged by the British inventor.
The Dyson Award asks engineering, product design and industrial design teams to invent something that solves a problem. The award was launched by the James Dyson Foundation in 2007. Since then, the award has been won by British, American, Australian, German and now Canadian projects. The winners receive $45,000 (U.S.).
The Voltera V-One raised $502,310 on Kickstarter, more than 5 times their original goal.