Try it and let us know Cal. I can find absolutely no documentation. What type of cable should we purchase – we only have USB ports? A closeup of the A’s line quality when using a slightly worn felt tip pen on rough paper. JaggedNZ 10 months ago.

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Somebody else put in a pen to draw huge mazes. I prefer the offline java version – although the environment has language plugins for python, r and JavaScript.

Unless you’re buying one to reverse-engineer, they are best avoided. Now if I could just get it to work Though there’s a lot to be said for the old HP plotters, if eBay is any indication, there’s a very thin supply and any h in interest is going to cause them to dry up and prices to increase.

I generally save the HPGL output to a text file and then use a small utility app I’ve written to send it to the plotter. I’ve seen nicer 3d printed adapters on eBay and Thingiverse as well.

Getting a HP 7550A plotter to work under Linux

The first step in getting the A up and running is understanding its interfaces. It’s worth a shot anyway. I never actually saw a plotter in person though.

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Just take some seven-veined cable and some do-it-yourself snap-in lijux from the electronics hobby store and hook them up as in the diagram below. Even then, at times that confusion disconnects the serial terminal connection, and a restart is needed. HP A — serial port adapters — hardcore. Have you taken a look at the files that you are trying to send via the serial port?

An intro to Pen Plotters tobiastoft. Some pens will write vertically, but it’s not ideal depending on the nib grind.

The settings for the Plotter should be made using the rear panel dip switches Check this manual reference http: You basically keep track of where you should be based on counting the steps delivered to the stator coils then use the encoder to validate.

It has so many options. How to plotstamp a printout from AutoCAD ? I finally found an assembly video online in Chinese and managed to get it built, but still haven’t been able to get it to print anything using Inkscape, which is what was recommended.

You can follow any responses to this entry through RSS 2. When I saw it, I realized it was a 2-d printer. I have my computer’s Port Configuration Box set to: You can change the settings for serial communications on the LCD screen by pressing enter and next page. Just add a delay between issuing your drawing commands, so the plotter has time to catch up. Can’t believe my old post got picked up!

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I do toner transfer and while its nice to be able to make a board in 30 minutes, the quality is pretty meh. The easiest way to check is to look for a DB connector on the back of the plotter instead of a Centronics-style connector looks a bit beefier. Even the cheaper cutters can do a surprisingly good job of this, enough to make solder masks for many SMCs.

If you’re still with me this far, then first of all: Adding one more point does the trick:. Contact Commit a9a at Sun Nov 11 Love watching that print.

Kadin 10 months ago.