Making Printed Circuit Boards

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9780070027985: Making Printed Circuit Boards

Almost everyone who builds or experiments with electronic circuits develops an interest in making printed circuit boards. Devices built on pc boards are small, lightweight, simple to troubleshoot and repair, and easy to duplicate - qualities that professionals and hobbyists alike can appreciate. This is a learn-by-example guide for entry-level technicians, students, and experimenters who want to learn how to build their own high-quality pc boards. Janet Axelson takes readers step by step from schematic diagram to finished project, demonstrating how to draw circuit designs, transfer artwork to pc blanks, etch copper patterns, drill lead holes, solder components, and repair and modify boards. Some of the topics addressed include how to use computers and photography to design circuits, how to make double-sided boards, how to choose and use photoresists, and how to safely handle and dispose of etching chemicals. Axelson carefully selects her methods throughout to ensure simplicity, low cost, and speedy construction.

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From the Author:

A guide to designing and making printed-circuit boards.

Contents:

Printed circuit board basics
Preparing a useful schematic diagram
Component choices
Techniques for designing pc-board artwork
Drawing the pc-board artwork
Preparing for image transfer
Transferring the artwork to the pc board
Etching; drilling and soldering
Repairing pc boards
Projects
Sources for software, supplies, and materials

From the Back Cover:

Build your own printed circuit boards--no experience necessary! Fast, easy, inexpensive construction techniques for professionals and hobbyists. Whether you're a practicing technician, technical student, or weekend experimenter, printed circuit boards can make your life a lot easier. Printed circuit board-mounted circuits are small, lightweight, simple to troubleshoot and repair, and a breeze to duplicate. You can even build them yourself using a few basic benchtop tools and this learn-by-example guide! Making Printed Circuit Boards takes you step by step from schematic diagram to finished project. You'll learn how to: draw circuit diagrams; transfer artwork to PC blanks; etch copper patterns; drill holes for leads and mounts; solder components to the board; repair and modify boards; use CADD software and photography to design circuits; make double-sided boards; choose and use photoresists; work with surface-mount components; safely handle and dispose of etching chemicals.

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