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  1. Michael

    Michael Guest

    Any ideas on a simple way to create a PCB board? All I'm trying to do
    is connect 5x2 headers to 10 pin SIPs and I'm getting tired of soldering
    short wires. Only plan on making a few so, I looking so I'm looking for
    any way to do it myself "easily".
  2. DJ Delorie

    DJ Delorie Guest

    What, something like this?

    I used a single-sided PCB, which is easy to make at home. If you're
    patient, you need FeCl from Radio Shack, a sharpie marker, and a
  3. Michael

    Michael Guest

    I'm confused - your link references a toner transfer process. Are you
    saying I could use either that or if I'm really patient a resist pen,
    etc. RadioShack has a kit but I'd hate to attempt to draw all the pads
    and traces by hand. An actual sharpie or are you talking about a resist
    pen like in the kit? Any basic toner transfer kit (with templates) you
    recommend? Thanks.
  4. Puckdropper

    Puckdropper Guest

    Using a laser type printer and certain paper types does let you do layout
    and transfer without having to draw all the leads by hand.
    It's not bad for a circuit with 10-20 components. I've done it by hand
    before, several times. (Much to the detriment of the heater.)

    They're one in the same. The ones in the kit are often even branded with
    the sharpie name.

  5. Doug Miller

    Doug Miller Guest

    A dry-toner photocopy of output from an inkjet printer ought to work the same
    as a laser-printed original.
  6. DJ Delorie

    DJ Delorie Guest

    Yes, I use a toner transfer process, with the Pulsar kit (I couldn't
    get consistent results with a hand iron). However, I was referring to
    the adapter, not the process ;-)
    With just a sharpie, you could try this:

    * print your drill pattern on paper, and spray glue or tape it to the

    * Drill the holes.

    * Remove paper.

    * Using the holes as a guide, draw the traces and pads with the sharpie.

    * Let it dry.

    * soak in FeCl to etch.

    Another alternative is to tape some wide packing tape over the pcb,
    and cut out the traces with an xacto knife, leaving the traces covered
    and remove the tape where you want the copper removed. Again, only if
    you're patient.
  7. One _and_ the same.

  8. Michael

    Michael Guest

    This sounds possible. I may give it a try. Thanks for the info.
  9. Puckdropper

    Puckdropper Guest

    I think it's a regional thing. I'm just using the form I'm used to.

  10. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    Use what ever program you want to design the foil lay out.
    mirror the image and print it to a laser printer.
    Use InkJet Photo paper and print on the glossy side.
    clean copper board, lay the print on it, iron on, and then
    apply water to release the paper from the board. The toner
    will remain on the board.
    Drop board in etching..!
    for double sided, when making your lay out, put in alignment
    Pre drill these holes in the PCB first., Attach prints via the
    holes on both sides. iron on both sides, then remove under water.
    Place in etching..

    It's not suggested for production use but it works for a few boards
    just fine.
    You'll want to get your hands on a can of antioxidant or some kind
    of protective coating for the foil after putting parts on.
    My self, I have access to a chemical used in wire drawing that is
    sprayed on the help keep the copper from corroding. I have used
    things like a silicone spray in the past.
  11. Bob Masta

    Bob Masta Guest

    I'll second the Sharpie approach for simple boards.
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    Bob Masta

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  12. Guest

    Try the RadioShack etching kit first. It comes with boards, FeCl, the
    Sharpie pen, drill bit, and some rubbing alcohol for cleanup. This
    alone will allow you to draw your circuits on the copper and dip it in
    the plastic container. If you then want to create more complex
    circuits try the laser toner transfer which is quite easy as well
    (though you might have to do some touch-ups before etching).
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