Making cool looking PCBs


[Mike] has posted an instructable on making cool looking PCBs. He does it a little differently than we do. He uses soda cans for the stencils and combines the solder mas and silk screen steps. Also, a bit of extra cooking gives him this cool gradient of color. He has managed to get some really fine etching. It isn’t as fine as a laser etching, but this should be able to handle the smallest stuff you can throw at it. We’re a bit curious what exactly he’s building. There’s a color picture after the break to show you what we mean.



  1. wtf says:

    Ffs a little proofreading won’t go amiss before submitting! WTF is ‘solder mas’??? Jeez!

  2. Steve says:

    Those sure look like through hole vias. I assume there is no control over thermal sinks on such boards.

    Anyone have experience with this?

  3. markhervias says:

    never seen this before Its awesome hope I can share this to my students in electronics engineering.You can also try pcb with holes, its faster and looks like expensive art.

  4. Matt says:

    “gives him this cool gradient of color (sic)”

    Shame that you always use bloody black and white photos then isn’t it.

    White on black is bad enough, please stop the stupid black and white pictures.

  5. efnx says:

    “White on black is bad enough, please stop the stupid black and white pictures.”

    I don’t see what’s so wrong with white on black, it’s rather easy on the eyes. But, color photos – yes please and thanks.

  6. blizzarddemon says:

    Matt, it looks cool anyway.

  7. nubie says:

    For F’s Sake, the least you could do is make it the same picture you stupidly displayed in Black and White!


    “There is something so cool to see, but we can’t show you”

    This is worse than taunting blind people, it is like blinding people to taunt them.

  8. Urza says:

    I like the black and white photos. Besides, there’s a color one right below it. What, can’t wait the whole two seconds it takes to scroll down?

  9. tikimexican says:

    QQ more guys, these posts are good.

  10. anon says:

    QQ more tikimexican, these posts are shit.

  11. andres says:

    then dont read them. nobody forces you to come here, leave.

  12. stfukids says:


  13. SoundwaveHi says:

    “Nubie”, ure a fuckin idiot, its the same part..the black and white photo is a close up, open ure fuckin eyes child…

  14. Eric says:

    Oh god people, just click the link to the inscrutable, the pictures are all there, in full color and high res.

  15. underdog5004 says:

    Really, guys? Is this what we’ve come to? Whining over whether a picture should be desaturated or not?
    You don’t own the site, you have no control over the site. Just chill out and accept that the sites creators are doing what they want. If you want to see the full color photo, and maybe, I don’t know, read the article, just click the link. Seriously.

  16. Noodl3 says:

    I personally enjoy hackadays B/W theme, otherwise your precious green and black would be offset by all the crap colours of the rest of the web

  17. strider_mt2k says:

    kids can’t hack so they cry about it.

  18. medix says:

    welcome to America..

    the land of ‘me me me’.. if you’re not getting your hand held, then it’s wrong (or so it would seem)

  19. spindizy says:

    All of these comments, and only two are about the story. You trolls are getting serious about your whining.

  20. dennis says:

    I like normal PCBs too, think they look cool with all those cornered leads all over the place.

    I don’t like circles. :)

  21. th0mas says:

    This is very cool, but the real question is, can it twitter?


  22. vic says:

    Reminds me of the good old times of laying tracks by hand with thin black tape and a razor blade on a sheet of plastic ^^

    He’s using Eagle apparently however, I didn’t know you could lay cursive tracks like this.

  23. nubie says:

    @ SoundwaveHi


    “Nubie”, ure a fuckin idiot, its the same part..the black and white photo is a close up, open ure fuckin eyes child…

    I said “the least you could do is make it the same picture”

    The. Same. Picture.

    Not the same part, the same picture. (not that it matters I suppose, the pictures are quite poor quality)

    Re: ‘STFU Whiners’

    I merely would like them not to taunt us with promises of color where there is none.

    I understand the point of artistically desaturated photos. But not the point of bringing it to our attention, it just seems very tacky.

    Re: The actual hack.

    Yes, it is nice to see the old style of hand-drawn lines. Unless you are designing a project with a clear case, or for hand-assembly, then I wouldn’t bother. If it is a case where you can save time with a hand-drawn line, then by all means.

    I wonder if drawing your own circuits entirely (freehand, without any computers) is a possibility? That might look pretty neat.

  24. Dean says:

    Hope all those weird shaped tracks don’t introduce stray capacitance or inductance, would be a bitch to debug.

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