PCB Toner transfer method and HP LaserJet printers

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by tekinzen, Nov 29, 2009.

  1. tekinzen

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    How well do you think HP LaserJet printers work with the PCB toner transfer method?
    I was planning getting this, not only as a laserjet replacement for my current inkjet printer but also to make my own PCBs: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16828115365

    I have been reading that the LaserJet P series is not very suitable due to the toner which lacks plastic chemicals. However, upon googling for HP toner I learned that the printer I'm looking after is using plastic toner after all. Not sure what to think...

    What do you think, will this work properly?
     
  2. SgtWookie

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    I have an HP LaserJet 4050TN, which is a really nice printer and the print quality is superb.

    However, it does not work well at all for toner transfer. The printers' frugality with toner is great for low-cost printing, but not good for toner transfer.
     
  3. tekinzen

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    Hmmm... I'm shooting in the dark then.
    The reason I chose this over everything else is:

    - price
    - supports automatic duplex
    - fast printer
    - dual voltage 110/240V

    If I could find something similar within the same price range I would be more than happy to get it.
     
  4. jpanhalt

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    Ditto SgtWookie's comment for the HP4101mfp. I always thought it was just my printer. maybe it's an HP thing. Or, maybe it is the HP toner???

    John
     
  5. tekinzen

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    Darn. So there's nothing good out there that's within my specs? I just want one with dual-voltage support and automatic duplex. The rest doesn't matter if it's under $600.
     
  6. jpanhalt

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    I don't think anyone said that. Just two examples of printers that are not good for TT.

    Frankly, I am looking for a new printer now too and would be very interested in additional comments.

    john
     
  7. beenthere

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    I have two Samsung printers - a 1210 and a CLP-300. Both give superb results when making foil patterns for my positive-resist PCB's. Both together cost under $600.
     
  8. Wendy

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    I've used a HP6P Deskjet with good results. It is an old printer, but reliable.
     
  9. SgtWookie

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    I have an ancient LaserJet III that needs repair. It should do a pretty good job once I fix it.

    The really old LaserJets used a lot of toner.
     
  10. tekinzen

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    Shouldn't changing the print quality to the highest possible setting make the toner transfer better?
    The printer I'm about to get has a feature called "ProRes" in which the quality goes higher at a slower printing rate.
     
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