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Drill bit set. You’ll need these for drilling vias and holes.

10pcs of 1.00mm (.0394). These Mirco Drill Bits are made of Tungsten Carbide. The over all length is 1.50″. The shanks have a diameter of .1250 and all have identification rings on them. These are for drilling PCB holes.

5pcs of .50mm (.0197). These Mirco Drill Bits are made of Tungsten Carbide. The over all length is 1.50″. The shanks have a diameter of .1250 and all have identification rings on them. These are for drilling vias.

All these Drill Bits are made of Tungsten Carbide. The over all length is 1.50″. The shanks have a diameter of .1250 and all have identification rings on them. An assortment!

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Dremel 220-01 Rotary Tool Work Station. Ideal for crafts, hobbies, metal working, and a variety of around-the-house jobs, the 220-01 Dremel Work Station transforms any Dremel rotary tool into a tabletop drill press. It can be bolted on to your workbench, and it has the versatility to operate as a tool holder, flex shaft holder, and drill press.

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Dremel 300-1/24 300 Series Variable-Speed Rotary Tool Kit. Perfect for the do-it-yourselfer or anyone who is new to rotary tools, the Dremel 300-1/24 Variable-Speed Rotary Kit helps you complete a wide range of household, fine art, and repair projects. The rotary tool itself features an updated design for optimum comfort and control, as well as variable-speed control that allows you to set the speed of the tool to match specific accessories or tasks. The versatile rotary tool comes with a case, 24 accessories, and a circle cutter attachment–so you’re ready to tackle whatever project you dream up next.

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Press & Peel – some people like to use magazines or other glossy paper. We kinda just like press-n-peel blue. Others like Pulsar.

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PCB! Copper clad single sided is good to start, For beginners we suggest CEM which is not as strong as FR4 so its easier to cut and drill.


Dowel – piece of wood! This technique really helped us get great transfers without a machine.


Tin snips – get the ‘straight’ yellow handled ones from any hardware store. Great for cutting PCBs.

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Photo supplies are very good for storage and etching: Developer trays & tongs – pour your etchant into these plastic trays. we have a few we keep around. Use these bamboo tongs to grab stuff in the etchant so you never have to put your hands in bottles.

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  1. I’d add “GBC212 laminator”. I get pretty good results with that. If I could slow down the motor a bit, it would be perfect.

    I like using longer tin snips, but then, I’m working with 6″x11″ FR4 I bought off ebay for $0.50 a sheet.

    A Lumenlabs m2 mill will do pretty good PCBs, and will cut out the board dimension to boot! 🙂

    How about gift certificates to the DorkbotPDX PCB Order for when you want to do 2 layer boards? 😉

  2. Wondering if anyone has any experience using the Dremel tool press for PCB drilling? I’ve heard the tolerances can be a bit sloppy causing for lots of broken drill bits. Do like the guide though, may have to do some early xmas shopping for myself 🙂

  3. I’d like to add that Paterson makes the best plastic trays, in my opinion. Much sturdier than other brands, and more resistant to staining.

    Jobo trays and Paterson trays are identical – but Jobo cost twice as much. Apparently because they’re German or something.

  4. I’m referring to photo developing trays, BTW.

  5. Anthony-
    Yeah, I have the Dremel drill press stand. It’s better than trying to drill by hand, but still very hard to get the center of the pad. Broken bits are less of a problem if you run the dremel at top speed.

  6. @Laen – Thanks for the input. Been wanting to get into DIY PCBs and might give it a shot before going out and spending money on a real press.

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