Introduction: Canon F Tray for Pixma Printers-print Directly Onto Printable CD/DVD's
How to make a CD printing Tray for your Pixma MP600 or other Canon that needs an F tray.
Step 1: Template for Canon F Tray
Here is a template image from another site. Dimensions are in millimeters and have proven accurate.
Step 2: Make a Pixma CD/DVD Print Tray for Free!
I used a Reebok Shoe Box to make my F tray. It is the perfect thickness for both top and bottom layers.
First, grab your preferred cocktail as outlined in the first picture.
Make sure that you have a good quality glue that will not separate over time.
Make sure that you measure carefully. As you will see later, I mis-positioned the reflector on the left when I first made this and it caused me great strife trying to figure out why the printer kept spitting it back out.
Refer to other sites for instructions on how to set up the firmware and remove the little plate to access the CD print feed slot.
Building this was really easy. An Exacto knife is a must. Cut using a steel ruler, and if you can...affix an exacto blade to a compass to cut the circle perfectly.
The only things I would do different if I had to do it again are:
1)Don't use glossy black paint, use flat, and MASK (do not paint) the CD round area because I have found that the CD's stick to it even after dry for weeks.
2)Measure and measure again before cutting the reflector holes. OR better yet, I think they can just be mounted on top of the top layer without cutting recessed holes.
Step 3: Glue, Dry, Paint, Dry and Affix Mirror Reflectors
I simply smeared white glue over (the bottom surface of) the top piece only and affixed it to the bottom piece and weighted it with the Yellow pages on top over night.
In the first pic, you may notice that my left reflector was not measured correctly.
The second pic shows where I simply cut a square of adhesive duct foil and stuck it where it in the right place.
The third pic shows where I had put some stickers and strips of friction tape on the bottom, because I believed that it was too thin and did not have enough traction to feed properly. I do not believe that had anything to do with the problem once I found out that the reflector was in the wrong place.
Once I discovered that, It fed perfectly.
I did have to adjust the print properties X and Y axis by a couple of millimeters to get the images centered perfectly around the spindle hole.
Now my biggest challenge is how to stretch/ skew adjust images so that the movie title and pictures are not where the hole or disc edges cut it off!
I hope this helps you. I was not about to pay 30 bucks for a piece of plastic. It took me several days to figure out what material to use that was the right thickness. The Reebok box is very thin corrugated cardboard, and with 2 layers it is right at 2mm thick.
Have FUN with it and Good Luck!