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Use a laminator for easy circuit transfers
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If you’ve ever used the ‘toner transfer’ method for making printed circuit boards, you may be familiar with the sore wrist/arms associated with prolonged pressured ironing. It seems using a lamination machine and magazine paper might alleviate the ironing portion of the process. (of course you could always try using a hotter iron first) Lamination for PC Board Etching [via Hack A Day]

8 thoughts on “Use a laminator for easy circuit transfers

  1. I’m a little confused. This is getting very complicated. Why not just buy pre-sensitized boards, and use a photoetching process? It’s not that hard, and the stuff to do it really isn’t that expensive. When you’re finished, a scrub with fine steelwool takes off the resist. It’s much less work and it produces much higher quality boards.

  2. @wackyvorlon – I prefer photoresist method as well. I believe many stick with toner transfer because of the lighting conditions needed for photo and the added cost and rarity of presensitized boards.

  3. i find that burnishing the back of the transfer film (only use PnP blue, the rest sucks) with the proper tool helps to get good transfers without using excessive heat. the rounded portion of a screwdriver handle or the back of a wooden spoon works fine, takes up less space than a laminator, and costs a whole lot less.

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