The board layout was done by the author Robert Lang using free software from board manufacturer ExpressPCB. The pcb board file is available from Nuts & Volts magazine online.
I opened the board layout pdf file in Paint Shop Pro, and modified the layout to shorten the jumper lengths because, I was making a single layer board that required jumpers, and I also increased the size of the through hole pads to make them more robust.
A steel square is clamped down on the pcb material and used as a straight edge for scoring, and a piece of scrap wood is placed under the board to protect the work bench top.
The board scoring process requires a bit of effort, and I generally go through a few utility knife blades in the process.
The circuit boards should be separated by aligning the score line of the board with the edge of a piece of wood or the edge of the work bench, and bending the board.
After separating the boards I file the board edge to smooth it and remove any copper burrs.
Before transferring the toner to the circuit board. I use a scotch bright pad to clean and rough up the copper surface. Than clean the board with an isopropyl alcohol dampened paper towel.
The toner is transferred to the board using a clothes iron with the temperature set just below the steam level. I remove the transfer paper after the board has cooled. I drill the corner mounting holes of the board being careful not to scratch the toner off the board.
I agitate the etching solution by manually moving the board around in the solution to speed up the etching process, periodically removing it from the solution to check the progress.
The etching process typically takes less than 10 minutes to complete.
When the etching process is finished, the board is submerged in two different containers of water, and then rinsed off under the faucet.
The Dremel drill, and drill press work well for drilling component holes in circuit boards. I leave the toner on the board till I am finished drilling because it keeps the drill bit centered in the pad.
Also the toner keeps the copper from oxidizing so leave it on till your ready to install the components.
I remove the toner from the board with a lacquer thinner dampened paper towel.
Underside of completed stepper motor driver board.
The coil winder 28BB-H151-11 stepper motor wiring diagram and information.
The standard parallel port printer cable with a 36 pin Centronics connector won't interface to the driver board.
A parallel port printer extension cable has the correct connectors to interface the parallel port of your computer to the male DB 25 connector on the stepper motor driver board.
I replaced the Centronics connector on an existing parallel port printer cable with a female DB 25 connector to interface with the winder because I had the parts on hand.