PCB Fab Tutorial

Make your own Connect the Dot game, in copper!

A few years ago, I started experimenting with homemade prototype PCBs as an alternative to professionally fabricated PCBs from board manufacturing company. My company was flexible enough to give me some resources and time to explore the subject matter. What I discovered was that with a small initial investment, you can make reasonably high quality two sided boards. In addition, all the equipment needed was easily accessible. I’ve decided to put my findings into this guide. Hopefully some of my fellow hobbyists will find the information useful.

1. Intruduction
2. PCB Basics
3. Preparations
4. ECAD for Home Fab
5. Mask Fabrication
6. Pattern Transfer
7. Etching
8. Multi-layer, Tips and Tricks

5 Responses to PCB Fab Tutorial

  1. F. Revert says:


  2. Misael Lafuente says:

    Very good tutorial!!!

  3. Enrique says:

    the best tutorial

  4. GREGORIO says:

    excelente tutorial.

  5. Don’t forget, you can get 10 boards, 10cm x 10cm double-sided plate-through hole with silk screen, green solder mask, hot-level tinned pads, for $15.00 plus $10.00 postage from Mier, in China.
    I haven’t wasted my time making my own PC boards since 1970. I haven’t seen one decent home-made board. The holes are rough, the overlay is missing and you cannot produce through-hole conductors. It really is a waste of time and effort and the result spoils your project. You can get up to 5 boards on a panel 10cm x 10cm and that’s 50 boards for all your friends.

    Colin Mitchell

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