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.
- 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.
Step 1: Equipment and Materials
- Various sizes of drill bits
- Nail Polish Remover
- Copper Etchant - available at Radioshack.
- Positive Photo Resist Developer - available at various online stores. I purchased from Parts-Express.
- Daylight fluorescent bulb - available at any Lowe's
- (Optional) Crock pots - I picked up two small crock pots at a thrift store for $2.00
- Clear sheet of Acrylic around 8x10 in size
- Start/Stop Timer (picked on up at the 99 cent store)
- Plastic containers. Large enough to hold the size of your circuit board. I found some plastic paint trays at Lowe's for $1.00 each
- Presensitized PCB board - I purchased from Parts-Express (they have various sizes, and even double sided versions)
- 3M transparency film for Ink Jet Printers (this is a key component, the surface is textured, otherwise your ink would run off the sheet)
- Grafix Rub-onz sheets - I purchased from Hobby Lobby