PCB test Print

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by Dr.killjoy, Sep 22, 2014.

  1. Dr.killjoy

    Thread Starter Well-Known Member

    Apr 28, 2013
    Well I got a laser printer and a nice clothes iron for making my very own PCBs ... But I was looking to see if someone has a file for a test print or something like Dave's Jones ruler that I can use to see how my prints come out ????

    Jay Sr
  2. JohnInTX


    Jun 26, 2012
    Make a simple PCB layout with a couple of traces of known length i.e. if plotting on 8 1/2 by 11, make some 8" and 10.5" long. Do them in both X and Y directions. Measure the results. Your printer driver / PCB package should have scaling settings. Monkey with them until you get exact values for the known lengths. Try a few trace widths to verify the fills as well. A Fowler scale-magnifier or similar is useful for that kind of thing.

    Have fun.
  3. #12


    Nov 30, 2010
    Maybe this would help?
  4. sirch2

    Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2013
    I'd draw something up yourself in the software you intend to use for designing PCBs and then measure that, that way you get an end-to-end test. A 20 way connector at 0.1" pitch should measure 2", drop a few of those around a board edge and measure
  5. Dr.killjoy

    Thread Starter Well-Known Member

    Apr 28, 2013
    Sorry about log distance between answering you guys... I was looking for a guide and reference for how small I can with my setup can go and quality ??
  6. BobTPH

    Active Member

    Jun 5, 2013
    Then I would suggest drawing traces with different widths and separations and see how they come out.

    My experience with toner transfer is that you can get pretty good resolution, but it is hard to get the entire board to transfer.

  7. Dr.killjoy

    Thread Starter Well-Known Member

    Apr 28, 2013
    I was looking into building my own test print using DesignSpark ... I am just need to know what size traces I should start with and end with [​IMG]? What size hole and pad diameters?? Are there and designs I should use for the traces so I can best see how each trace will come out [​IMG]?

  8. ISB123

    Well-Known Member

    May 21, 2014
    Start with 1,5mm trace and then go down by 25% every trace.
    Holes are gonna vary since it depends on the component.I just use 1mm for everything.
  9. GopherT

    AAC Fanatic!

    Nov 23, 2012
    For through hole, I generally use round 68 mil pads with 22 mil holes. The small holes allow the tapered bit to self-center when you drill holes.

    If I have to run traces between pads, then I use 60 or even 50 mil wide oval pads that are 90 mils long.

    The recommendations in DesignSpark are good - 20 mil for signals and 40 to 50 mils for power. Add thickness for more power. The laser toner transfer method is kind of limited to 12 or 15mil for thinnest trace. Big areas of copper are tough because they tend to leave gaps and not adhere well to the copper over the whole area so you will get some pitting and gaps in the large copper islands.