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Old 16th February 2014, 01:34 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by KatieandDad View Post
£150 - YES !!!

The company that I use is in America. The cost for 2 x boards (their minimum) is approximately £80. Then add P&P and Handling - approximately £30. Then the criminal bit is UPS then add a further UK handling charge of approximately £30 which includes Import Tax.

I appreciate there are cheaper options but these guys are VERY quick, I usually get the boards two to three days after ordering.
Send them to me and maybe we can work out a way to get them to you cheaper.
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Old 18th February 2014, 03:01 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by nigelwright7557 View Post
I never got on with making my own pcbs. It rarely worked was messy and time consuming ending up with a amateur job.

I found a Chinese pcb supplier who turns the pcb's around in 2 weeks to my door. He is very cheapo, about 1/3 of the cost in the UK.
I get great professional looking pcb's and have never had a pcb fault.
Do yo have a link to the pcb supplier?
And what software do you have to use when you send them an order?
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Old 19th February 2014, 10:01 AM   #23
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At long last someone has produced paper specially designed for toner transfer.

PCB "Fab-In-A-Box" ... The 8min circuit board system

The kit is pricey but if you read the blurb you don't need to buy the whole kit, just the TTP (Toner Transfer Paper) and the Green Roll. You should be able to get away with a heavy duty laminator.
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Old 19th February 2014, 10:21 AM   #24
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Wouldn't the stuff used for t-shirt transfer printing also work for PCBs?
e.g. Printing Instructions for T-Shirt Transfers | HP® Support
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Old 19th February 2014, 10:24 AM   #25
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I tried that, it requires the surface of the garment to be specially treated. That sma e treatment renders the copper clad board waterproof.
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Old 19th February 2014, 11:28 AM   #26
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The HP T-shirt Transfers I used (on t-shirts) did not require any special treatment, just iron on. However, they would still not be any good for PCBs because the whole sheet transfers to the t-shirt/PCB, it's just a transparant iron on thing.
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Old 19th February 2014, 07:29 PM   #27
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Toner transfer paper has been around for some time. Most of them will transfer the image very well using a dry iron on low. Make sure the copper is very clean. Scrub it with a Brillo pad to get it nice and shiny. Use latex gloves to avoid finger prints. Works great for silk screening single sided boards as well.
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Old 22nd February 2014, 09:54 AM   #28
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Default Oh dear another dismal failure

I really thought this might work but NO, another dismal failure.

Now, image 2 was printed on normal 90gsm paper using my Samsung ML1665. The printer is working fine it just doesn't like the TTP (Toner Transfer Paper).

I've got a packet of 8 sheets left if anyone would like to try it. (Call it a £5 incl P&P).
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Old 23rd February 2014, 03:40 AM   #29
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Yeah, the paper is slipping on the rollers. Man, find something quick, I'm tired of using thin magazine sheets
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Old 25th February 2014, 10:24 PM   #30
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Toner transfer works very well. The problem here seems to be the printer. Wouldn't it be best to try your TTP in a different laser printer first or even try to clean it up a bit? You can get very good resolution with the toner transfer method so I wouldn't give up on it yet.
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