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Connect a HP C6602 inkjet cartridge to your Arduino turning it into a 96dpi print platform.
Connect a HP C6602 inkjet cartridge to your Arduino turning it into a 96dpi print platform.
146 backers pledged $8,053 to help bring this project to life.

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What is an InkShield?

This shield allows you to connect a HP C6602 inkjet cartridge to your Arduino turning it into a 96dpi print platform.  It only uses 5 pins which can be jumper selected to avoid other shields.  It is designed with a Arduino Mega footprint but fully supports both the Arduino and the Arduino Mega.  It is designed with all through-hole components to make assembly easy even for beginners.

Features

  • Compatible with Arduino and Arduino Mega
  • Uses only 5 user selectable pins
  • Stackable (up to 11 Inkshields on Ardunio, 15 on Mega)
  • On-board 18.5V boost converter for Inkjet head
  • Accepts 9-12V input via optional power connector or from the Vin of the Arduino
  • Auxiliary input header offers support for other microcontrollers
  • Auxiliary output header supports an extension cable to the inkjet head
  • Power and Pulse activity LEDs
  • ISCP header and Reset button
  • All through-hole components

Current Status of the InkShield

I made an initial prototype followed by a second prototype to correct a few minor errors and make several improvements.  I am currently working on a few minor adjustments and the details of the Arduino library to support this shield.  This goal of this project is to gather funds for the initial production run of at least 100 copies of this shield.

Release Information

All source code (both hardware and software) will be fully Open Source and released when the initial production run is completed.

Rewards

NOTE: the following images show the most current designs as of the start of the Kickstarter.  There will be minor updates to the sticker design, PCB layout, and final kit components.  This is all in a effort to produce the best possible kits for you.  Watch for updates as things progress.

The initial sticker design:

The PCB:

The complete kit (does not include ink or ink carrier):

The assembled kit (does not include ink or ink carrier):

The optional "extras":

Carrier:

Ink:

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    1 Bare InkShield PCB &
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    1 Complete DIY Shield Kit (Bare InkShield PCB and all components) &
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    1 Complete DIY Shield Kit,
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    1 Complete DIY Shield Kit,
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    1 Ink Cartridge (Choice of Color),
    12V wall adapter, &
    1 "I <3 InkShield" Sticker
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    1 Complete DIY Shield Kit,
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    12V wall adapter, &
    1 "I <3 InkShield" Sticker + 1 Initial Prototype (purple) PCB (Only 3 made)
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    1 Complete DIY Shield Kit, 1 Ink Carrier, 1 Ink Cartridge (Choice of Color), 12V wall adapter, & 1 "I <3 InkShield" Sticker + 1 Second Prototype (white) PCB (Only 10 made) INTERNATIONAL BACKERS - PLEASE ADD $5.00 FOR SHIPPING

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    Hackerspace PCB Pack: 10 Bare InkShield PCBs & 10 "I <3 InkShield" Stickers INTERNATIONAL BACKERS - PLEASE ADD $5.00 FOR SHIPPING

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    1 Complete DIY Kit,
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    1 Assembled Shield,
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    12V wall adapter, &
    1 "I <3 InkShield" Sticker
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    10 Ink Cartridges (assorted colors),
    10 12V wall adapters, &
    10 "I <3 InkShield" Stickers
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