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This is continued from my previous post about using Inkscape to draw pcb and front panel designs. When I last left you, I had created a multi-layered inkscape drawing that had front and back designs for the PCB along with a drill pattern for the panel.

First I'm going to get out my Toner Transfer paper. This is thick stock paper with a water soluble coating. It allows you to fuse a printed image to a surface and then remove the paper when submerged in water. The stuff is a little pricey at about $1 a page, but it's well worth it for making good clean transfers.

I'm using my home laser printer to make the PCB transfer. Ink from a laser printer is fused to the paper when heat and pressure is applied. Note that an inkjet printer uses a different method not suitable for the process I'm describing here. LASER PRINTERS ONLY. I keep a spare laser printer cartridge that I use solely for making PCBs. It's best to have a dark layer of ink. Regular printing jobs will run down the cartridge and I do this often enough that it makes sense to have a separate cartidge.

I start the print job and manually feed the Toner Transfer paper. Make sure you're printing on the shiny reflective side!

...continue reading "Creating Custom PCBs for a Front Panel"

I ordered the parts  we'll need to do the first 5 experiments. I bought everything from Jameco. Here is the list of part numbers I used in case anyone is interested. We'll start work next week.

UPDATE: SOLD OUT on Feb. 14th.


If it's sold out and you want to attend, never fear there will be more coming soon! These workshops are proving to be very successful and we'll keep doing them as long as there's interest. Keep watching the calendar on this blog and the Google Group for more info!