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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by harore, Dec 25, 2006.

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  1. harore

    harore Guest


    I'd like to ask whether we can make our own PCB. Is there any tools to
    make it? Is it hard to make it? Usually I just use the DIY kit which
    the PCB is already printed. Please help. Thank you.

    Get the electronic circuits at:
  2. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    yeah, use laser printer onto some ink jet photo
    paper or mag paper with the shinny coating on it.
    after printing, iron it on, release with water after
    throw in etching for a bit, until all unwanted
    copper is removed. rinse under water and dry..
    you have your board.
    it's wise to spray the board with a coating to
    prevent oxidation. I use to have the crap they use
    in copper wire drawing to keep the copper from oxidizing!
    i don't have any more and i am not sure what it is exactly.
  3. g.knott

    g.knott Guest

  4. Bob Masta

    Bob Masta Guest

    You can make simple boards by hand-drawing on
    copper-clad board and, drilling with a dental bur in
    a Dremel tool, and etching in ferric chloride.
    Full details at
    including some surprising tips that most writers
    don't seem to know about... like *diluting* the
    etchant to increase etching speed.

    Best regards,

    Bob Masta

    D A Q A R T A
    Data AcQuisition And Real-Time Analysis
    Home of DaqGen, the FREEWARE signal generator
  5. Radiosrfun

    Radiosrfun Guest

    Speaking of copper clad board, I have a bunch here "surplus" to my needs.
    I've yet to determine a good selling price though. Some single sided and I
    "believe" double sided as well. Much larger pieces than your average Radio
    Shack kit provides. These boards are longer than wider - but still good size
    for most projects.
    I can provide some sample sizes - if anyone is interested.

    You can e-mail to the "web" site address (removing spam blockers of course):

    3ws dot c l f u r e n t dot c o m
  6. JeffM

    JeffM Guest

    Ah. A question that has never been asked here before.
    Absolutely not.
    Define "hard".
    "Plated-thru holes" is what beginners have to think about first and
    Search for "Copperset" on Mike Harrison's **electricstuff** page.

    ....and you can't use ordinary materials to DIY.*+toner-transfer
    Since you are already at Google Groups,
    you should learn to use the search engine there.
    Most topics have been covered in depth MANY times before.
  7. jasen

    jasen Guest

    there's a number of different ways to do it

    the trickiest part will probably be drilling the holes,
    unless you already have a suitable drillpress.
  8. harore

    harore Guest

    WOW! Thanks u guys. I've never thought I can really make my own PCB.
    All of the reply u guys gave really help me a lot. Now, I just need my
    Sharpie sketching the cooper board and get the etchant flowing.

    Thanks a lot!
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