Toner Transfer on the Cheap

I recently made my first PCB with toner transfer using an iron. It was pretty ugly.

I bought a cheap-o laminator from walmart for $25 + tax. It’s a Scotch TL901. I used masking tape to hold things in place. It worked well enough that I’m not going to complain.

I never realized what a difference a laminator makes! It’s hard to mess up now. I also tried using parchment paper.

http://hackaday.com/2012/04/30/etching-your-own-boards-really-really-fast/

http://www.instructables.com/id/Toner-transfer-no-soak-high-quality-double-sided/

The results are so much better with parchment paper and a laminator than proper transfer paper and an iron. At the end I have a pic of transfer using transfer paper. The edges are a lot more crisp, but it costs quite a bit more.

Toner transfer with parchment paper

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Scotch TL901 Thermal Laminator

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I had a slightly messed up print on toner transfer paper that i put on my test board. The lines are even sharper than with the parchment paper.

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One thought on “Toner Transfer on the Cheap

  1. about how many passes with the scotch laminator, I just got one but im having issues with the toner cracking and pitting.

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