Pulsar recommended using this specific laminator when using their products. I just got mine delivered a few hours ago and made the modifications as Pulsar suggested. Pulsar provided pretty good instructions but I thought they could use some pictures so they were fool proof.
Brand new Apache AL13P laminator from Amazon:
The first step to unboxing:
Remove the laminator from the foam, rip off the protective plastic. Be sure to remove it all, some got stuck to the side of mine and I had to kinda scrap it off. Flip the laminator over and it should look like this:
Remove the 4 Philips screws from these 4 areas:
Then you take these 4 screws and tighten them all the way down (turn the screwdriver clockwise). Start with the top left, then the bottom left, then the top right, and finally the bottom right screw. Once they are all tightened, you need to loosen them all 3 full turns (counter-clockwise). Make sure you do that in the same order, top left, bottom left, top right, and finally bottom right.
Carefully flip the laminator back over (remember you took off the 4 screws that hold the top on):
Then you need to carefully flip the top off. It won’t come all the way off because of the ribbon cable shown below. It is hot glued on so they know if you’ve tampered with it. Just be careful and this will be our little secret
I flipped my top over and slide it under the laminator a bit so it would stay in place for the next step. At this point you should have something like this:
Our goal here is to remove this plate from the front of the laminator. Apparently this is some sort of cooling plate and we want this thing to get HOT. The plate with the half circles is the plate we want gone.
On the inside of the lid you’ll find these 2 tabs that hold that plate on. You’ll want to bend them both straight. I used to pair of needle nose pliers.
Just to be clear this is the plate that you want off. Notice it is off
Put the top back on, carefully flip the unit over and replace the 4 Philips screws that held on the top. You should look like this again:
You are done! You now have a laminator that can make the toner transfer method of homemade PCB creation work like magic. My first PCB made using this laminator was a SMT board with extremely small traces. You can see some of those boards as part of my LED Matrix series.