Converting an inkjet printer for DIY PCBs

Comprehensive step-by-step instructions

There comes a time when the electronics hobbyist wants to start making their own printed circuit boards (PCBs). There is a baffling array of different techniques to achieve this; it can be difficult to know where to start. One very solid option that is popular with DIY hackers is to convert an Epson printer to print etch-resistant ink onto copper-clad board. The problem is there has never been a concise set of instructions on how to do this.Until now: Instructables user ‘pourcirm’ posted this comprehensive step-by-step guide on the conversion process, that makes it seem a little less daunting!

On the other hand, if you want to get a few boards made up without going to all this effort, you can always crowd-source the job.

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One Response to “Converting an inkjet printer for DIY PCBs”

  1. Mark Richards Says:

    Sounds fascinating. Does the conversion process involve using conventional ink cartridges, or is the design wholly reconfigured to the extent that a different (etch-resistant) ink supply is somehow appended to the machine?