Do it yourself PCB experience
July 16, 2008
My question is for all the people who have etched their own circuit boards (BOA, JIP, Fritsl?, Others?).
I would like to know:
1. how many times you have made your own circuit boards.
2. how long does it take. Is it faster than wire-wrap or "free-form" soldering?
3. how many boards have you made in a run?
4. have you ever tried commercial sites? how would you compare vs doing it all yourself?
5. what is the start-up costs?
6. what do you do with the spent chemicals?
7. is it worth it? If not why, if so, in what context would it be worthwhile?
When I was growing up we had a couple of pigs we needed to get in a horse trailer. Doesn't matter what we would do they would not go in. Some pretty bright people were around, and they knew all kinds of knots. We tried tying ropes around them using bowlines, slip knots, clinch knots, and even a hangmans noose. But every single one wouldn't work, the pigs would fight and slip out. Until, finally an old timer came by and said, "Stick a little vaseline in their noses". Stunned, we tried it, and sure enough.. they calmly walked into the horse trailer...
My point is, "How much of making your own circuit boards comes from doing it, vs reading about it?" - It doesn't matter how much we read about different knots, knowing pigs hate the smell of horses in confined places came from experience instead of knot knowledge.
8. would you recommend it?