In a message dated 6/16/2003 2:50:18 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
[EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:


> Not to throw cold water on your or your son's PCB ambitions, but might it 
> be
> cheaper and less trouble to have the boards made by one of the low cost
> proto houses that exist now?  You can get proto boards done for less than
> $100.  By the time you set up an exposure lamp, buy the chemicals, film, pcb
> blanks, figure out how to dispose of the used etchant, and drill the holes,
> you could be over the $100 and "lots of work" mark.

I already have virtually everything on hand.

> 
> Of course, if the idea is to explore the actual process of pcb
> manufacturing, equipment, materials and supplies procurement, and how to
> comply with all the environmental regulations of toxic waste disposal, then
> using a pcb fab house would be missing the point...

Precisely!

> 
> I think it's great that your son has the curiosity about it though.  I
> learned much about working with hand and power tools and auto repair from
> watching and helping my father when I was a kid.  Although I ended up
> choosing a different branch of engineering than my father (I am electrical,
> my father is mechanical and nuclear), I attribute my interest in analysis,
> problem solving, and handyman's skills to the role model that is my father.
> Even though it's the day after Father's Day, I am still saying "Thanks,
> Dad!".
> 

Right on! Wish I'd said that - my story is much the same....

Steve Hendrix


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