Make your own PCB’s

If you held back, just because of the cost and hassles of getting a Circuit Board printed by the professionals, look no further!
The video below shows you how you can make Printed Circuit Boards, for your electronics projects, right at home, with simple tools, and inexpensive materials. The Toner-Transfer method is described, as it is the simplest of the existing methods.

Although this method can be used only for 1 layered (2 layered at the most) PCB’s, and it may not yield the professionalism of the boards that you see with kits, it is really easy, and works really well for most designs.

The best part is, you do not have to know how a circuit works before making it. just download a design off the internet, and you are good to go!

Tools/Materials you will require:
# Access to a Laser Printer
# Copper Plated Plastic Board
# Clothes Iron
# Nail Polish Remover + Paper Towels
# Kitchen Scrub
# Ferric Chloride Powder
# Glass container
# Drilling Machine/Hand Operated Drill
# 0.8 or 1mm bits
# Soldering Iron + Solder + Components

If you are into Electronics, all of these will be accessible to you, with the possible exception of Ferric Chloride Powder. It can be bought off Online Stores, or Chemical Stores near you.

Precautions:
# The concentration of FeCl3 solution mentioned in the video is relatively safe to work with. Higher Concentrations although help to increase speed of etching, they are corrosive. It mandates the use of rubber gloves. Do consider your safety!
# Do not Iron the board for too long. The plastic may melt.

Some useful links:
# Software for Beginner PCB Designing:
http://www.expresspcb.com/free-cad-so…
# When you get more experienced, you can try out Eagle:
http://www.cadsoftusa.com/download-ea…

This is the circuit board from POV Display

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