When I first started looking into how to etch my own printed circuit boards, every Instructable and tutorial I found used a laser printer and ironed on the pattern in some sort of fashion. I don't own a laser printer but I do have an inexpensive inkjet printer.
This Instructable will show you how to use your inkjet printer to etch your own printed circuit boards, as well as be able to display a printed component footprint on the top side of the board giving you a professional looking design.CAUTION:
Why would you want to etch your own printed circuit board from home?
- For this instructable you will be working with chemicals and power tools. Please wear appropriate protective wear. i.e. goggles, latex gloves, etc.
- The chemicals used in this instructable will stain clothes and your skin.
- DO NOT pour chemicals down your drain. Properly dispose of chemicals according to your local waste management.
- Chemicals used in this instructable will eat metal. i.e. your copper plumbing pipes, metal sink, etc.
For one it can be cheaper than sending your boards out to a fabrication company. The second reason is if you are planning to send your boards out to have them professionally done, by printing a few prototypes at home to test first will save you money! Nothing like getting your boards back in the mail to find out you had something wrong with your design!