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Creating a Printed Circuit Board with a Laser Printer - My First Attempt

I attempted to follow the tutorial here to make a printed circuit board (PCB) using only the following: 1 piece of copper-clad FR-4 1 OZ .32″ PCB, PCB Etching solution (Ferric Chloride), a laser printer, a page cut out from a glossy magazine, and an iron.

But my first attempt did not go very well.

Here is the circuit I was trying to print:

Eagle brd file for electronic compass breakout

Below is what I ended up with after soaking in water and peeling off the paper. You can see that the connection areas seem to have bled together. I wonder if the circuit I’m trying to print is just too small for this method? Maybe homemade PCB’s are only for boards connecting big push through components together and not for small surface mount devices?

Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Using a Laser Printer

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17 Responses to “Creating a Printed Circuit Board with a Laser Printer - My First Attempt”

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    I had a similar experience making PCBs using an iron. Some advice that I have seen and has worked well for me is to actually bake the board in the oven, rather than using an iron. Looking at your picture above, it seems like you got uneven heat from the iron, which wouldn’t be a problem in the oven.

    Good luck!

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