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DIY PCB Toner Transfer (No Heat) & Etching No need to use an Iron, transfer easily and fast! No need to soak in water to remove paper, just peel and etch. Music: The XX - Intro
There are lots of things you can salvage from electronic components. This week I'll show you some of those things and how to salvage them.
***warning this video is not a complete guide and for demonstration only*** There's been a lot of hubbub on the internet about making PCBs using these new PCB printers. They sound all cool. They're only thousands of dollars, they take less than an hour, have okay precision and seem to produce tolerably durable boards. WHY? Making PCBs isn't rocket science. People've been doing it for decades at home. Heck, my first PCBs were made using some mid-90's radioshack kit. In fact, they can be made cheaper, more durably, and faster using traditional methods! Materials: (1) FR4 (or CEM) 0.060 1 Oz Copper Single Sided boards, available from ebay. (2) DuPont Riston. Available from tech-place or ebay. (3) UV Mercury Vapor Light, usually used in terrariums. (4) ~42% Ferric Chloride, available from ebay and other shops.
Get geared up for circuit-making- check out Collin's list of tools no electronaut should be without! Learn more here: http://makezine.com/2011/10/04/collins-lab-electronics-tools/
Ben is always looking for new tools and processes to help with all the projects he builds. He's got a CNC mill, laser cutter, and a 3-D printer, but hasn't found a way to whip up a PCB at his shop. He's hand wired many circuits, but this can be tedious. He's designed PCBs in Eagle and sent them off for production at a board house, but this doesn't help when he wants a PCB the same day. In this episode, Ben experiments with three methods of PCB etching and shares the results.
Making your own printed circuit board can be a truly satisfying process, tying together electronics and the handmade craft of etching. It's the most accurate way to build a circuit short of sending away to a PCB manufacturer and it's a lot more fun (+ cheaper too!).
For a full list of materials used plus more tips for etching & drilling head over to MAKE's site -