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August 14, 2014 AT 3:00 am

Etch Copper Circuit Boards #3DPrinting #3DThursday

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Mikey77 didn’t actually 3D print circuits. In fact, he did the exact opposite by using his MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printer to help him etch the circuits on a copper clad board, using Ninjaflex filament.

First, using a free 3D modeling program called 123D Design, he drew out the circuit board pattern. He then equipped his MakerBot Replicator with Ninjaflex elastomeric rubber filament. He had to shy away from the typical ABS, PLA, or nylon filaments many of us are used to printing with, simply because of their lack of adhesion to copper clad boards. The NinjaFlex filament, on the other hand, sticks right to it and probably pretty much anything else one would try printing onto.

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