I have been looking into homemade PCB etching, since ordering PCBs takes longer than I would like. I have seen PCB stencils for applying solder paste, and I am wondering if it is possible to use a stencil instead of using an iron to transfer the trace image to the copper board.
I assume the steps would be as follows:
- Order a stencil with all the traces and pads cut out (basically everywhere you want copper
- Secure the stencil to the copper board
- Use a permanent marker to color in all the traces and pads, using the stencil to keep the lines neat
- Remove the stencil
- Etch the board
Would this be a reasonable way to make PCBs at home? I thought that this would be a better way to transfer the trace image to the board because based on what I've seen, the iron-on method isn't always that easy to execute. It also seems like the stencil would take less time to use each time you needed to make a new PCB.