Canon F Tray for Pixma Printers-print Directly Onto Printable CD/DVD's




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!

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    6 Discussions


    12 years ago

    This is a great Instructable, but you need to add a main image of the final project to the intro step. Please do that and leave me a message when you have so that we can publish your work. Thanks!


    Reply 12 years ago

    OK, How is that? Thanks!


    9 years ago on Step 3

    At the risk of falling afoul of the comment policy...

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    I'm hoping to stir some needed discussion, and perhaps induce some change by writing: the more I read instructables, the more I am convinced that far too many people missed some valuable - even vital - instruction when they were in grade school. And probably also high school. Too many instructables are incomprehensible, and a review/redaction system needs to be implemented.

    For the purposes of an instructable, describing - in natural language - what you yourself have accomplished in the hope of helping someone else to accomplish the same (or similar) should not be difficult. And the result should be clear, concise, and comprehensible to any reader of average intelligence and average facility in the language. I find lately that too many instructables fail in hitting only one of these three targets - the trio that is the foundation of technical writing. However, concision matters not a whit if concision itself detracts from the clarity and the comprehensibility of the text. This is not to say that there is an overabundance of concision. No, there are certainly issues with clarity and comprehensibility in many, many instructables.

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    Don't shoot the messenger.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Are u still there?
    I made mine for MP600R and did not work, must the square holes be perfect, I mean can they be larger?


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I found the problem!! the disc tray was to thin about 1.5mm, so I glued 2 pieces of paper (A4) and cutted the left margins That made the cd tray exactly 2mm. it just worked!!!! Now I just have to align it!!!


    12 years ago on Step 3

    I find this to be of great use, but can you provide with measurements as well as the pictures? I have no idea what the measurements need to be.