Toner transfer paper

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  1. nerdegutta

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    Hi.

    I'm running out of transparent sheets for my UV LED exposure box. So before I'm all out, I thought I'd try the toner transfer again, being cheap on the transparents.

    My laser is a HP Laserjet P1102, and the paper I used is Canons Glossy Photo Paper "Everyday Use", GP-501, bought at Stapler in my town.

    This is the result:
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    The circuit is a bi-polar step motor driver. The thinnest traces are 0.254 mm.

    I find this combination of printer and paper to work great!

    Just in case anybody else needs the info...:)
     
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  2. Little Ghostman

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    That is a great result! did you use a iron or a laminator? I use a laminator but for some reason photo paper dosnt seem to work well, so I use ultra thin magazine paper.
    But anyway well done thats a really good looking board!
     
  3. nerdegutta

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    Thanks.

    I used an iron.
     
  4. strantor

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    If you have time to try other things, try the smooth paper from magazine sheets. I tried many many kinds of glossy papers and found magazine pages better than any of them. The magazine paper is so much easier to remove. run it under water and rub lightly; comes off so fast!
     
  5. nerdegutta

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    I've tried the thin magazine papers, but I couldn't get the results I wanted. I couldn't find a spot on the paper big enough to hold my circuit, so parts of an article or some ads got transferred to.
     
  6. strantor

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    Odd, I've never had that problem. Maybe the magazine you used was also printed by a laser printer. I use pages with full color photos, text, everything; I don't look for a "clean" spot. Never had an image or text imprint on my circuit.
     
  7. nerdegutta

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    Yes, that is odd. Guess I do something different.
    Oh, well, I got 90 photo-sheets to go, so I'm good for a while. :)
     
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  8. Wendy

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    I have feeling I know the answer to this. but have tried the wax paper approach I spelled out in my article?

    How I make PCBs
     
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  9. nerdegutta

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    Hi Bill.

    Yes, I've read your article several times. Usually I use UV, but running low on transparent sheet, I use the toner transfer for awhile. :)
     
  10. shortbus

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    The centerfold of Miss January, in Playboy has a pretty big blank spot in it, right below her neck. :p:D:eek:
     
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  11. Little Ghostman

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    There is also a blank spot just above her neck :D
    GM11
     
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  12. Dr.killjoy

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    I use the writing since I can't read and only look at the pictures..
     
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  13. cmartinez

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    too bad... you're missing out on great articles :p
     
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    About collecting wrist watches?
     
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  15. nerdegutta

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    Back on track, sort of...

    What about making a laser machine that draw the graphic design?

    Any ideas?


    Yes, I have used Google, and I've seen a few DIY projects...
     
  16. cmartinez

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    You mean direct-to-board printing? Because that's been on my mind for a long time now.
     
  17. Wendy

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    Folks at Maker space have used the CO2 cutting laser to remove resist (paint). Can't say how well it worked.
     
  18. nerdegutta

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    Yes. That is on my mind.
     
  19. cmartinez

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    How about covering the board with a thin layer of toner powder, and then have an xy plotter solidify the traces with a dvd laser diode? The board would be shaken afterwards to get rid of the remaining toner powder. You think that might work?
     
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