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TRAX: THE LOW-COST CIRCUIT PRINTER

Princeton University Senior Thesis

Seeing the disruptive effect 3D printing had in democratizing hardware, I began my Princeton undergraduate thesis design project with self-imposed constraints: design an accessible educational tool for learning circuits that could be built for under $300. I combined open-source hardware and software with new conductive ink technology to develop a minimalist circuit printer with which beginners could learn circuit prototyping. TRAX the low-cost circuit printer was a model for how to open the traditionally high-barrier field of electronics to future creators that will shape hardware innovation. I was granted the Bradley Dickinson Award for System Design by my department for outstanding complex electronic systems design and implementation. Through creating TRAX, I realized my passion for empowering people with technical solutions by exploring new possibilities with limited resources.

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