Vítor Barbosa based in Brazil has modified a Lexmark E460dn laserjet printer to aid with the fabrication of PCBs. The aptly named “haxmark460” was inspired by other projects on the Instructables website which have modified the Lexmark e360 and e260 printers. Barbosa explains more about the inspiration behind the project.
“Most local PCB services take a week to make your board + shipping time (4 days). The cheaper ones start at $50 BRL for 3-5 boards, 2 layers max, but quality is great to be fair. For comparison, the used lexmark e460dn for this project was about $350 BRL.
There are international PCB services too, but you either wait a long time or pay a high price for fast shipping + customs taxes. That’s a problem that extends to electronic parts as well. We don’t have any local Mouser or DigiKey warehouse to supply us the brand new IC of the week at a couple bucks (that’s something I very much hope that will change soon by the way).
The goal of this project is to provide a decent way for quick PCB prototyping in regions where commercial solutions aren’t quite there yet. Every hobbyist should be able to roll out his or her own design quickly!”
Printing Settings :
– Always print at 1200DPI native resolution, or the timings won’t match and you will get a paper jam.
– Configure your printer to use the maximum toner amount.
– I print my PCBs using the attached PPD file in Manjaro. I suggest you to use this same PPD with your prefered linux distro.
Check out the video below to view the haxmark460 printing a small PCB.
For more information on the project jump over to the Hackster.io by following the link below.
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