But when I got home and tried to make it communicate with my Linux server, it took me a bit longer than I anticipated. Will then set the pen down and move to , Depending on your plotter you might have some dip switches on the back near the port or a setting in the menu on the front panel. By the way, don’t forget that semicolon at the end: The plotter will either stop completely or start to plot strange characters, lines or exhibit other random behavior. First we moved to the center of the box, which is , and then we drew a circle with a radius of
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One important thing to be aware of is that these plotters have tiny little buffers, so you can’t feed them all the HPGL commands at once. Press the F4 button to access serial settings:.
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If you read those lines carefully you’ll see that we told the plotter to go tohp750a, put the pen down and go to, while keeping the pen down, move to, thenand finally back toand lift the pen.
I got a working setup with the following configuration, but feel free to choose your own settings: The two most important commands are: Another thing I would like to do someday is make a pencil mount and convert my plotter to a pencil printer.
All I needed to do plorter setup the proper serial connection to get everything to play well together. ER for Edge Rectangles which are rectangles without a fill: Drip feeding is great for just playing around, especially in the beginning since it’s easy to implement. I tried to make the code as easy as possible to modify from a visual point of view, one of the things I did was implement a very simple “symbol” feature, where you can define something else than a square to copy and rotate as the plotter progresses down the page.
PU,; PD,; PD,; PD,; PD,; PU; If you read those lines carefully you’ll see that we told the plotter to go to, put the pen down and go to, while keeping the pen down, move to, thenand finally back toand lift the pen. Member Exclusive Not a member? Depending on what you draw you might have to experiment a little.
A ph7550a delay value to start with would be something like – ms. Very high speeds are quite difficult to get due to acceleration and deceleration constraints.
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As I alluded to earlier, there are other commands like that for drawing primitive shapes, e. If in possession of an HP A Plus plotter, try using parallel instead of serial.
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They’re the missing link between pencils and laser printers. The computer starts sending again, keeping the plotter fed with data just in time, which is necessary because it only has a plktter or so task buffer.
If I’m not mistaken, all the bits in a data frame are added up and produce a 1 or a 0 if the sum is odd or even. You should also reboot the plotter and the computer and see if handshaking works when both come back online. I could have used it to control the A, but I ppotter it in But to interface the plotter and the computer, we first need the right cable.
It’s fast and easy to create one. Hopefully you found this as fun to play around with as I did when I first started playing with plotters. By the way, don’t forget that semicolon at the end: Photographed through the plastic cover, so a bit murky.
Test if it works by typing or copy-pasting the following:. No pixels, lots of personality.
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Some parameters will usually be set up correctly, but the following will set everything in one go:. Large bp7550a need to be sent piecemeal, or the plotter will complain about buffer overflow errors almost immediately.
Okay, so we have the plotter up and running, now what can we do with it? Another interesting related project could be to turn it into a stencil cutter for graffiti art. It’s a bit crude, but any error correction is a good thing.