Week 42, 2013 – PCB Process Revisited

So, as some of you know, I’ve had no end to trouble producing printed circuit boards (PCBs); there’s always some damn thing that isn’t quite right…  Toner transfer is always a crapshoot, quality-wise.  And photo-resist is iffy because my laser printer can print good high-density positives, but not negatives, and my CraftRobo can’t cut rubylith fine enough for the kind of PCBs I’m making…

I’m left with two options;  Screen-printing resist to the board. (Since burning screens is a positive image process)  Or! Using lithographic film in an emulsion-to-emulsion contact exposure with my laser printer transparencies to yield perfect high-contrast negative films to expose the dry film laminated photo-resist on the PCBs with.  (I can also use lithographic ‘duplicating film’ to turn so-so positive transparencies into film positives with perfect contrast.)

Right now I’m just waiting on money for supplies.  Like a hundred bucks in chemicals, film, and darkroom stuff.

In the meantime, here’s some YouTube links!

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