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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Rodney, Nov 19, 2005.

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  1. Rodney

    Rodney Guest

    Will an ink jet printer work for printing out artwork on a transparency for
    PCB exposure? I've been told it must be a laser printer but maybe someone
    has some experience with this.

  2. With gel coated transparency stock, made to hold the ink from the
    jets, it can work. I've done it. It had less pin-holing than laser
    images I have used.
  3. JazzMan

    JazzMan Guest

    Toner from laser printing process tends to be more solid
    than inks from inkjet printing. Yes, you can inkjet on
    transparency, but you need to get a transparency film that
    is designed for accepting ink, not all of them will.

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  4. Billy

    Billy Guest

    And if you're in luck you can print twice on the same transparency, most
    printers print on exactly the same spot the second time.
    Works great for me to get extra dark traces....
  5. Rodney

    Rodney Guest

    Good! I tried the double printing, it works fine on plain paper. I'm sure
    it will be just as good on transparency.

  6. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    i find that using photo ink jet paper in my laser printer
    works well, i iron it on and then hit it with water
    .. the solution in the ink jet is water based i guess
    and loosens up real nicely leaving the toner on the
    copper clad.
    i have also did this on clear mylar instead of
    copper clad. it does work but i find that the
    heating process sometimes can distort the mylar.
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