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DIY laser cutter for PCB stencils

Posted on Thursday, April 4th, 2013 in DIY, how-to by DP

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HardwareBreakout shared a tutorial on how to make your own laser cutter for cutting PCB stencils:

Are you sick and tired of using a tooth pick to apply solder paste? Are you still using through hole components because you don’t want to deal with soldering surface mount devices (SMD)? If so, this post provides you with guidelines for building your very own laser cutter for cutting PCB stencils. With a total cost of approximately $200 (it can be significantly less if you already have parts laying around), this project can pay for itself very quickly. While you can get “low cost” stencils for your PCBs, they still can be quite expensive if you are only creating one or two boards.

Via Electronics Lab.

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3 Responses to “DIY laser cutter for PCB stencils”

  1. twinpeaks says:

    Do not look into beam with remaining eye!
    Now this is what I call a “dangerous prototype”… :-)

  2. It sure would be nice to have some more details/pictures on the laser assembly. Exactly what lens was used? How was the laser diode mounted? Etc.

  3. Andrew Frazer says:

    This is’nt very smart at all. Cutting the vinyl, will release Cholrine.. its really dangerous.

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