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In this Instructable I'm going to show you how I use a Sublimation Machine to print and etch large PCBs or multiple board.

Step 1: What is a Sublimation Machine!?

Picture of What is a Sublimation Machine!?
First, 99% of people will be asking "what is a Sublimation Machine".........and its a good question!

A Sublimation Machine is a heat press for transferring onto many flat surfaced items, such as fabric, metal, wood, ceramic & glass, etc.

But, is commonly called a "T-shirt Heat Press" as it is most commonly used for printing onto garments!

They can be easily picked  up on popular auction sites for as low as £80 ($100) for a very basic models.
aloya34 months ago


First off, thank you for this awesome tutorial! Your boards look fantastic.

Do you have a preferred method for double sided copper boards? I have all the similar tools (including a heat press). After withdrawing the boards from a water bath and removing the remnant magazine paper; the traces look noticeably blurry. Could this be due to excessive heat? Any advice will help. Cheers!

icecreamterror (author)  aloya34 months ago

Hello aloya3,

Are you using a bit of felt on top of the paper? I only ask as I get really blurry lines if I don't use it. you could also try using a little less pressure and heat.

For double sided, I used photoshop to put a space the same size as the thickness of my board between both sided and fold along those lines and put it the press for seconds each size.

zeem4114 months ago

Icecreamterror are you the creator this images if yes can i take the permission to use one of them .

icecreamterror (author)  zeem4114 months ago
yes, help yourself!

Kind regards

Thank You So Much

gada8882 years ago
icecreamterror (author)  gada8882 years ago
lol thanks