Press and Peel PCB TransferSystem
• PCB images are printed onto the film using your laser printer or photo copier
• Iron the film onto the copper clad board using an iron
• The film is removed leaving the circuit behind ready for etching
• Supplied in packs of 5
• Size 216 x 279mm (8.5 x 11")
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I have had some excellent results with this system and would like to share a few tips with people. But first do not hold me responsible if you damage any of your equipment doing this, it works well for me but that doesn't make it fool proof, also this is not a complete how too, just some suggestions to get good results. 1/ Use only what you need. First print the design directly onto normal paper, then cut a piece of Press'n'Peel slightly larger than required. Attach this with paper masking tape, powder blue side up, over the print out securing only the leading edge as it goes into the printer. Place the paper back into the tray and print again (you need to know which side your printer will print on). With luck and a bit of practice you will have perfect results without wasting loads of this expensive paper. Again ONLY USE PAPER TAPE, plastic tapes may ruin your printer 2/ Use a high res laser printer if possible (1200 x 1200 dpi), avoid any kinds of eco mode as they will apply less toner. 3/ Polish then clean with pure isopropyl or acetone thoroughly, wear gloves to avoid fingerprints. Don't use any cleaning products that might leave their own residue 4/ Use a laminating machine rather than an iron to apply heat. Pass the board through multiple times, too few and not everything will transfer when you come to peel. You'll need to experiment with this to see how many times works reliably, also dependant on board size. Also wear thick/oven gloves when doing this, the board is going to get pretty hot after the second or third pass. BEFORE trying this check whether you will actually be able to fit the board safely through, not all laminators can take the thickness of a PCB. 5/ This whole process works because laser toner is made of plastic which you are melting so it sticks to the copper board. If the board was well cleaned yet it still didn't all stick it's because not all the toner melted properly (you need to pass it through the laminator more next time). 6/ Always inspect the transfer before etching, and touch up as necessary with a fine marker.
The Press'n'Peel transfer film was somewhat effective for prototype testing. The blue ink side of the film is fragile and scratches easily, which isn't helped by it only being packaged in a plastic bag offering little protection in transit (I ordered from the web). The film is US letter sized rather than A4, so you have to fiddle with the paper tray settings on the printer. In transfer performance it did not work at all well with the first laser printer I tried (a Samsung colour printer) as the print wasn't dense enough and the transfer was very blotchy. Using a monochrome only laser printer gave much better results but it was still the case that every transfer was not perfect, with small parts of the design not peeling off the film and adhering to the copper properly, despite careful polishing and cleaning of the copper and measuring the temperature of the iron. Still, easier and cheaper than setting up a traditional photo process system for the odd simple PCB with fat tracks and pads. The resist, where transferred correctly, was strong against the etchant and could be soldered through quite easily on pads without having to remove it first.
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|Item code||Item name||Quantity||Price|
|AB15R||Press and Peel PCB TransferSystem||(100+)||£14.99|
|AB15R||Press and Peel PCB TransferSystem||(25+)||£15.99|
|AB15R||Press and Peel PCB TransferSystem||(10+)||£16.99|
|AB15R||Press and Peel PCB TransferSystem||(5+)||£17.99|
|AB15R||Press and Peel PCB TransferSystem||(1+)||£19.99|
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