If I etch a pyrex dish, can I use it in the oven afterwards? Thank you .
Question by sexymom04 | last reply
Yes i know there has been a question about this already... but im asking it again. Can you etch a pcb with bleach? I dont really want to go out and find ferric chloride or hydrochloric (muratic) acid :) I just wanted to know if this would work. Also pros and cons would be good too, if not possible i can find a place with the right chemicals.. :) Thanks!
Question by astroboy907 | last reply
I know that copper is a better conductor than tin or aluminum. But one of my friends a few days ago told me that instead of etching his layout on copper, he used the bottom of an altoids tin. he said all he did was sand the bottom until there was no paint of the altoids can and then he etched his layout. (Chemical bath, toner, etc.) So my question is, Does anyone know how to etch custom layouts (toner layouts) on tin or aluminum? **I figure this could save people some money and time on some projects. :)
Topic by batboy61490 | last reply
I made an instructables about salt and water etching https://www.instructables.com/id/SALT-AND-WATER-E...as I learned it in a jewelry class, so I never tough about been unsafe. I posted it as I tough it was a nice one to share, but I'm having some comment on how it should not be safe using stainless steel in this project. As I don't have absolute knowledge about this before, and I just report what I learned, I was wondering if that was correct or not. (I know sometimes people comment very random stuff). Anybody know something about this topic?
Topic by marcellahella | last reply
I wanted to start making PCBs. However, I read that because the chemicals dissolve the copper, you can't dump it down the sink or throw it away because it is "hazardous" and should be taken to hazardous waste disposal. I'm still in high school and can't really do that and/or my parents would think I'm doing something dangerous. Is there any other way to etch PCBs besides using chemicals, like a knife or something?
Question by 7654321 | last reply
To print out a pcb circuit you need magazine paper, a transparency or photo paper. Well I was just wondering if I can just take magazine paper out of a actual magazine if its a blank page and print right on to that and then iron that on to my pcb?
Question by Kante Tech | last reply
I own an iPod Shuffle, 2nd generation, silver. It is very plain, and I've recently been reading up on saltwater etching. I want to remove the standard Apple logo from the back and etch my own text (it will either be "iMake" or "iBles", I can't decide). I've come upon two roadblocks, so far, those being: can I sand laser etchings (the Apple Logo) off, and can I etch through the player's anodization, or would I need to sand that off? I don't really care if it doesn't turn out perfect, or looks like a total mess. It's not like I paid for the thing. Thanks for any help!
Topic by Bran | last reply
I'm working on a project to remove the broken plastic around my laptops screen section and replace it with two peices of plexiglass (Both front and back of the screen). with this i have a broken USB port that i can run power lines to two RED Leds to allow to light up an Etch on the plexiglass. but i really want to mask a small square in the middle then paint he plexiglass black then etch in my logo. but i'm wondering if this is the best way to do it? any suggestions??
Question by Gomex19 | last reply
Hey y'all, I have another question related to etching my iPod. I took it apart, and now have the aluminum housing with a piece of rubber (latex?) connected to it (the buttons). Do y'all think that the saltwater or current would have any negative effects on it? Thanks!
Topic by Bran | last reply
I want to learn how to etch my own circuit boards but I'm not sure what to use for marking the traces. I've heard about using a sharpie maker, which sounds pretty easy, but does it really work? To me it seems like it would come off from the acid.
Question by Arya42 | last reply
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Topic by steveastrouk | last reply
I bought one of ladyada's USBtinyisp avr programmers a few days ago, its working great! i program alot in visual basic but i never tried anything quite like the C similar programming of the avr chips. because of that i reprogram my chip ALOT, so i decided to make a target board. i already have the "blank" board and a UV lamp to prepare it. i have sodium hydroxide to develop it. all i need is something to etch off the copper. so i was wondering: can i etch off the copper with 32% hydrochloric acid/muratic acid/HCL?
Question by solidacid | last reply
So I'm trying to make a music box. I bought a 15 note hand crank mechanism I want to install into an 8 inch nautilus shell. I also want to etch the outside of the shell like in the photo. I've never worked with shells like this before and I obviously don't want to shatter it. What tools would I need to do this? What should I be careful of? Anyone with experience working with shells advice would be appreciated. :)
Question by Swansong | last reply
I've read somewhere that you can use magazines for etching PCB's. now, that seems perfect (if it works) becouse of the reuse, its cheap, and it works :D but, 2 questions came to me: first, wouldnt the ink already in the magazines (text, pictures, etc) mess up the toner transfer? and how about the size of the paper? just cut it down to A4/A5 format using one of those big knive cutting tools? (don't know how theyr called in english :P )
Question by godofal | last reply
I am using an epilog 40 watt laser to etch photos of animals on 4 x 6 pieces of wood such as cherry, maple, and bamboo. In the final product the image lacks luster and the "wow" look I am wanting. If anyone had advice as to improving the processing and post processing, please let me know. If I need to apply a coating in post processing, please recommend one. I tried Olde English but wicking became an issue and the image became too dark. Any advice will be appreciated!
Topic by mjones0731 | last reply
I created this custom etched Halloween tombstone using builder's foam, latex paint and spray paint. The method of creation is to use a water based paint to create a resist that will protect the foam from dissolving when painted with the spray paint. This technique works really well to create the weathered stone look that older limestone monuments take on after a couple hundred years. For this project I was trying to create a broken then repaired tombstone that was partially covered in moss. Project Process - First sketch the design layout using a marker. Then paint the areas that you want to remain un-etched. Next, spray the entire face tombstone with a heavy, even coat of spray paint. It will take a few minutes... but the face will be etched as much as 1/2" deep depending on how heavy a coat of spray paint. After the etching paint has dried, paint the entire tombstone with latex primer and then add any desired painted effects. For this project, I used a grey granite spray paint and then added sand that was painted a moss green color (adhering it with spray adhesive). Total active work time was approximately 2 1/2 hours. A full Instructable of this project to follow soon...
Topic by jamestown | last reply
I found this website for the etch-o-matic and thought how cool. I also thought that this has to be something really really easy to make myself if I knew a little more about it. So I'm wondering if anyone knows how to build one of these or if there is already an instructable that for this that I just couldn't find, or if someone knows of another source for further info. If anyone even just knows the generic term for this process that would be a help.I'm also wondering about the stencil http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjYio1YZuCA, is there another, more generic product out there that does the same thing? The development is no problem because I have an old blueprint machine that will do that part nicely. thanks a millionC
Topic by astro347 | last reply
Question by shelton35 | last reply
I want to make some fake gears and such to decorate steam punk and sci-fi stuff. I'd like to take brass or copper and etch clear through, and have a "clean" edge. Sharp I don't really want. I need to transfer an image from a computer-drawn source. Heat transfer with toner I know, etching, well, not so much. I'd also like to do this on my kitchen table.
Question by hardlec | last reply
I have access to cheap aluminum sheets and i was wondering is there a way to etch PCB on them?
Topic by ZBM | last reply
The guys over at Redtorope.com have been addressing a way to reduce the cost of laser etched/cut projects when having a job done or reduce the wear and tear on one you or your company owns. It's not really a hack or a hardware fix, just an exercise in thinking within the operating parameters of the machine. Really well done and explained in such a way that others will be able to apply to their own projects. Well done fellas! http://www.redtorope.com/2010/11/massively-reduce-laser-etching-time/
Topic by Culturespy | last reply
Here's an idea - would it be possible to use a 3D printer to lay out the etch resist on a PCB? It would likely only need to print a single layer. Of course you'd need to use a material that would resist the ferric chloride but could also be removed without leaving a residue. Thoughts???
Topic by jeff-o | last reply
We've been at the Web 2.0 conference using our Epilog to laser etch all sorts of things for free. The biggest job that we did was a complete tattoo on a brand new MacBook Pro that a gadget blogger from Chile bought the previous day just for this! It was the biggest job of the show and took 26 minutes to do. Other etches usually take a lot less time as most people are etching phones (lots of iPhones).Check out some of our awesome pictures. Bring in your gear tomorrow, and we'll give it a tattoo too!More Links: CNET loved us Wired was inspired Fayer Wayer article with more pics Fabulous fractals QR codes more QR codes ... and a bit more video
Topic by fungus amungus | last reply
I want to etch a PCB, but it is rather cold where I live. I had settled on the HCl/Peroxide mix, but I could use something else if need be. I wouldn't be worried about it, except I get the impression it's a good idea to carry out the reaction outside, where it is cold right now. If working outside in the cold is a no-go, is there any etchant that is "safe" (I understand that safety is relative, I mean along the lines not immediately gassing me) to use indoors with ventilation? If so, how much ventilation is needed? Are we talking an open window, or an industrial fume extractor? Also, I wasn't sure which category and channel would be the best, so if a mod or somebody sees this and has a better classification, go ahead and change it. Sorry for making this such a long question; I'd just like to be able to use my circuit board before I die ;). Thanks, dedgerton
Question by dedgerton | last reply
I've been searching and reading on how to etch aluminum. I've tried the photo paper toner transfer numerous times, but the toner does not stick to my aluminum plate. I've gone over with my iron so many times while putting extreme amounts of pressure on it, but no matter what I cannot get the toner to stay on my aluminum plate. Can someone please help me, or let me know a better way of doing this!! Thank you!
Question by Tanman23 | last reply
Hey everyone! I'm in the process of etching my first PCB. I have a few questions. I'm using the toner transfer method, with hydrochloric acid and a little hydrogen peroxide as an etchant. Anyway, I transferred the toner to the board, but I believe the glossy paper I used may have been a little too thick. The toner transferred correctly, but i can manage to get all of the paper off. I've tried a tooth brush and a soft towel. My question is, if I just go forth and etch the board will the paper dissolve with the copper on the board and give me a clean result anyway? Will the copper covered by the paper not be removed? are there any cons to this? (such as not being able to reuse my etchant) Thank you all, your help is appreciated Ken
Topic by KennyW2 | last reply
I thought Leah's ad-supported laser-etched laptop was brilliant. When we were first talking about it, it was obvious that if she could pull it off, there would be a bunch of copy-cats trying to do the same thing. Obviously Squid Labs and Instructables are listed as sponsors, so I get a number of emails asking for further laser-sponsorship of laptops, and they always make me smile. Here's the latest, hope you enjoy the irony as much as I do: Dear Instructables-TeamIn the very near future I'll need a laptop for school. To finance that, I am planing to put Ad's onto the top of it.I am visiting a college of higher informatics. The school has more than 1000 students, teachers and other workers & visitors every day.My suggestion is a cheap way of advertising. The ad's would be laser etched into the top of the Laptop (made out of Aluminum). The Laptop has a size of about 40 by 27 cm (= about 14 by 10 inches).If you are looking at prices of an often-visited website for example, you'll get prices between 700 and 1000$'s PER MONTH for a little ad.For 1000$ you could cover the biggest part of the whole notebook, but you wont have to pay monthly. You only pay once, and the laptop will be used for 3 or 4 years. Also the laptop will be presented in the internet in several forums. I will post into a few forums myself, and make a little video about the laptop, and the company's that put ad's on it, and also other people will show around pictures of the project, because it's very unusual to do something like this.Of course you dont have to buy an ad for 1000$. Size, type of ad and therefor price are free of choice.I am looking forward to an answer !If interested, I could also send you some pictures how laser-etched things look like on a laptop and we could talk about data or prices if you are interested..
Topic by ewilhelm | last reply
Asus, a sponsor of Instructables, has put together WePC where they are asking for input on their next generation laptops. As part of their sponsorship, they've asked my opinion on various aspects of laptops. Most recently ASUS EeePC review and Laser Etching.As part of this campaign, Asus was kind enough to lend me an EeePC. I gave it to an intern at Instructables, Matthew Dalton, who was really excited to try it out for note taking in class, and general portable computer usage -- his review follows below. Since I've been writing about how important it is to customize your laptop, I also asked Matthew to give the EeePC a laser tatoo, and you can see the results were beautiful! Matthew' review continues here.Finally, I'd like to know what you have thought about this Asus campaign. If you would be kind enough to take this survey, I would really appreciate it. Comments here are also good. Thanks!https://www.instructables.com/id/Instructable_Robot_etched_onto_ASUS_EeePC/
Topic by ewilhelm | last reply
I own too much plastic, that I use regularly, but want to decorate. Is there a SAFE method to chemically or otherwise "mottle" plastic with colors? Not looking to use paints, as those will just peel off. I know that plastics react to some solvents and such, but is there anything that you could 'wash' plastic with that would just outwardly alter the appearance? If I could get an "oil on water", or even just a "camo" sort of effect, that would be wonderful! (I tried searches for what to AVOID using around plastics without risking such an effect, but can't get the right search parameters...) Thanks for any ideas! I'd really prefer not to have to throw stuff out.
Topic by Dragon Maze
I would prefer to avoid acid if at all possible.
Question by Shadow94 | last reply
So, this really isn't whether or not I should post an iBle, but rather how many of you are interested in it. I'm using the saltwater etch tutorials here and am going to etch my iPod shuffle (2nd generation). The etch will say "iMake" and if all goes right, I should begin to etch sometime today or tomorrow. So, I'll try to take quality pictures and all, and if anyone happens to have any tips for me, they would be appreciated! ;-) Thanks!
Topic by Bran | last reply
In all of the tutorials for making your own PCBs, I've never seen the thickness of the copper discussed. Does one work better than the other for home etchings? I plan to use muriatic acid. Side note: does RadioShack still carry copper clad in stores? It's not on the website anymore, and I don't go to RS on a regular basis to check.
Question by CameronSS | last reply
Ok, so I am within about a day of etching my iPod via saltwater. I am going to attempt to just let the clip (backside) of it rest in the water, using contact paper to guard against water damage to my circuit board. That is one option. The other is to remove the circuit from my iPod, leaving just the case. I've never done this, but have a guide. Do you think it'd be worth it to dismantle the player? Any, and I do mean any, suggestions are appreciated! Thanks!
Topic by Bran | last reply
Im in the process of piecing together parts for a 2 axis CNC and I would like to use it for laser cutting/etching. Since I'm new to building CNCs and I also dont have a ton of extra money I plan to build one using a DVD-r laser (200mW?) and just do some tests to get the basics down and play around with it. I would love to be able to cut 1/4'' acrylic as I have some laying around and I love some of the projects possible with it. What is the cheapest laser that is capable of cutting clear 1/4" acrylic? I have used a 40W co2 laser and it flew through the acrylic like it was nothing. Is there something for <$200 that would cut it? And is it something that you can just use a lower power and go super slow or do you need the power? I did some light searching and didnt really find what I was looking for but if someone has a link to some helpful info I would appreciate any help I can get. Otherwise ill just spend my days cutting and etching paper!
Topic by jdavis-9 | last reply
How deep can one etch brass (using the toner transfar method, like when making PCB's) before the acid will dissolve the brass under the toner? Like at the point it will dissolve the brass by going around the toner and coming up from underneith?
Question by guyfrom7up | last reply
These are the files I used to etch my laptop.My first design was intended to take up the entire cover of my laptop.The second design was shortened a bit so it could take up more space (the laptop is only ten inches)The third and final design is my final draft and what went only my laptop.I really like the design, and I'm grateful to ASUS for letting us borrow a EeePC to play around with.A slideshow with more information can be found here.
Topic by StumpChunkman | last reply
Are there toxic vapours produced from using ferric chloride to etch pcb boards? I want to present this process in a classroom but there are no windows and wondered if this would be hazardous. There's also the method of mixing hydrochloric acid and hydrogen peroxide to act as an etchant. Thanks!
Question by williamhaze | last reply
But without using a laser etching machine? I've seen chemical etching into brass using chemicals that produces a detailed effect, but I want that on a see-through surface. I'm not good at free-hand painting, so using Armour Etch without a stencil/mask is essentially out of the question. Also, would Armour Etch work on plexiglass, even though it is a different material than regular glass (SiO2)? Thanks alot!
Question by SJBarag | last reply
This site has GREAT 'ibbles for ways of etching and transferring toner to PCBs. I still use photoresist and would love to know if anyone has a recipe for homemade developer. I know its mostly Sodium Carbonate, but there's some pH nonsense that needs to be addressed. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
Question by zaphodd42 | last reply
I've been etching brass for a couple years now, but need a better way to cut and trim my plates than a hack saw and a straight edge... What's the best power tool for getting straight edges on thin brass plates? I've been thinking scroll saw or band saw, but I've been told that band saw blades will walk. would a scroll saw be a good idea?
Topic by gschoppe | last reply