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  1. mikegw

    mikegw Guest

    I am currently faffing around making pcbs using the toner transfer method,
    various sources around the web use glossy laser printer paper. The best I
    have found in my limited search in Aus is "colotech super gloss" (part
    number 40L32245). Has anyone else tried this method here and if so what
    paper do you recommend?


  2. I have had pretty good success with Celcast inkjet coated paper, printing on
    the glossy side. The toner doesnt stick very hard so it peels off easily
    after ironing and soaking in water for a few mins.

    I think I got it from DSE ages ago, don't know if they still have it.

  3. mikegw

    mikegw Guest

    That is not the photo stuff is it?

    I foolishly put a bit of glossy inkjet stuff in the printer at

  4. Its supposedly photo paper but really it just has a bit of a coating on it
    to stop the ink spreading I think. Not the full glossy stuff.

  5. Lord-Data

    Lord-Data Guest

    I'm pretty sure Officeworks carries something suitable too ..
  6. Hello Mike,

    Computronics in WA have laser
    and bubble jet films, though I never had any great results with them.

    I use the Kinsten positive presensitized boards, and using my own UV light
    box I can simply print my artwork onto plain paper, face the image onto the
    board (so artwork has been mirrored) and I get perfect results, the paper is
    transparent enough to the UV spectrum and the Brother laser toner I use is
    reflective enough to achieve great results with super small SMD work. I took
    me a fair bit of trial and error, I'm using six of the 15w NEC UV tubes
    (part number FL15BL) spaced only 2mm apart to get these results (close
    spacing eliminates shadows). The UV emitting tubes reach their peak output
    after 30 minutes of warm up. I now get better results with this setup then
    the real Kinsten exposure box a previous employer owned, though exposure
    times are much longer, with paper you will need 10-20 minutes of exposure,
    compared to 1-5 minutes when using transparent film.

    link to NEC tubes: I
    purchased the NEC tubes for about 8 bucks each from the local Middys


    Mark Hathaway
  7. Darren Chan

    Darren Chan Guest

    Press n peel blue.
    You print on it with a laser printer, then iron it onto the pcb. You then
    etch and voila, circuitboard. You can buy it at jaycar.
    use it all the time and less hassle than photoresist!
  8. I use it all the time too. It work great so long as the lines aren't too
    They are fine down to about 0.6mm or so. I haven't tried it for lines
    finer than that. It costs about $30 for 5 A4 sheets.
  9. Mikegw

    Mikegw Guest

    Press n peel blue.
    Therein lies the point, for 5 A4 sheets of PnP you can get 100 sheets (at
    least) of coated 'normal' laser printer paper.

    Thus far my results have been moderate. I have a board with some surface
    mount resistors/caps and 3 dip packages done using inkjet OHP sheets in a
    laser printer. The cost of these sheets was somewhere south of $6 a sheet!

    I realise the PnP is better but I have found reports of success using normal
    papers. The problem is that the papers refered to are sourced in the USA.

  10. Have you tried TIME magazine as the transfer paper?

  11. urgent

    i am living in melb and is a student.

    i am doing up a pcb for a project, i am willing to pay for a meagre fee for
    pcb fab. i will send you the artwork.

    please advice.
  12. in additional, i am looking at using pcb toner transfer
    please reply to not the
  13. Morris Odell

    Morris Odell Guest

    I've been using Epson Photo Paper No S041140 for years. It's available
    from Officeworks. Works perfectly and there's no plastic layer to melt
    and stuff up your printer or PCB.

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