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Follow along with Mike as you learn the basics of the V-One in this step-by-step guide. He'll teach you tips and tricks as you complete your very first Hello World circuit!
Unpacking your V-One
Once you’ve opened the box, remove the layers of foam one by one. Place them aside for now, and remove the V-One from the box. Avoid picking the V-One up by the bridge. Instead, use two hands and lift it from the base.
The V-One comes with all the tools and accessories you need to get started:
- 1 - Conductive Ink Cartridge
- 1 - Solder Paste Cartridge
- 1 - Solder Wire Spool
- 1 - Flux Syringe
- 1 - Burnishing Pad
- 1 - Hello World Circuit Kit
- 10 - 2" x 3" Substrates
- 6 - 3" x 4" Substrates
Tools & Accessories
- 1 - Probe
- 2 - Dispensing Units
- 3 - Caps
- 1 - USB Cable
- 1 - Power Cable
- 4 - Thumbscrews
- 2 - Board Clamps
- 4 - Nozzles
Take some time to get comfortable with the parts of the V-One. We will be working with them over the next couple of sections.
The V-One comes with 2 identical dispensers for the 2 ink cartridges: conductive ink and solder paste. Now that you are familiar with the parts, you can start assembling the V-One dispensers.
Be sure the dispenser’s plunger is fully retracted before assembling. If the plunger is too far out it can push ink out during assembly.
- Remove the dispensing cap from the cartridge sheath. Remove the green lids from the conductive ink cartridge.
- Insert conductive ink cartridge into the sheath with the ink level visible through the viewing window.
- Twist the dispensing unit back into the cartridge sheath.
- Carefully twist the nozzle onto the end of the cartridge.
- The conductive ink cartridge is used in the video. The same procedure applies for assembling the solder paste dispenser.
Download the V-One software installer for your operating system. Open the file and install on your system.
- Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (64-bit only)
- OSX 10.11 (El Capitan), MacOS 10.12 (Sierra), MacOS 10.13 (High Sierra)
Note - Windows 7 Users will require FTDI drivers, visit our downloads page to learn more
Setting Up Your V-One
Find a spot for your V-One.
- A flat, level surface with minimum vibration is optimal.
- A well ventilated area is recommended.
- Do not place the V-One on a surface that is susceptible to heat damage.
- Avoid exposure to extreme temperatures – room temperature is ideal.
Connect your V-One.
- Connect the USB cable to the V-One, then to your computer.
- Connect the power cable to the V-One, then to an outlet.
- Open the Voltera V-One software.
The V-One may require a firmware update on startup. Do not disconnect or turn off the V-One during the firmware update!
Now you are almost ready to get printing! Follow along with our Hello World tutorial; you will learn how to print traces, dispense solder paste and assembly a functional board!