I will approve your first comment before it appears, so expect some delay. More on that later, because I know that you want to put a circle inside that box first. In other words, it’ll draw a line from , to , Adding a third party protocol converter An interface protocol converter box can be placed between computer and plotter. They would draw blueprints for tweedy engineers and turtlenecked architects back in the 70’s and 80’s, they would draw colorful charts on transparencies for slick investment bankers to present on overhead projectors, and they probably also drew the schematics for the laser- and inkjet printers that replaced them a decade later.

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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 7475x 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. They were expensive, beautifully engineered, high quality machines.

Hewlett Packard HP 7475A Desktop 6 Pen Plotter

I took Tobias’s advice and took to eBay to look for HP 7xxx-series plotters. Let’s jump straight to the fun part: And then it Just Worked: Not having any idea what to do with this strange plug it’s not anymore, after allI turned to the internet plotteg discovered a post that began a sentence with ” FWIW, if you have an HP-IB plotter, you should probably just hack an Arduino pllotter the motor control connections How does HP install software and gather data?


I added some text and carefully cut the paper from 11″x17″ to 11″x14″ to reduce the amount of unsightly white space at the bottom:. Luckily it’s a pretty simple language, so with minimal coding skills you can start plotting like it’s If you overflow the buffer your plotter plofter start behaving weird and it’ll probably try to indicate that an error happened.

Creating Land-Use Maps with an HP A Plotter –

It does get pootter tedious to manually control it via the terminal though, so next step would naturally be to start automating the drawing part a bit. Akismet’s spam filtering may delay subsequent comments. To Convert Plotter from. Verify that the software intended for use with the plotter supports a parallel connection.

The week in review Astable Multivibrator: There are 747a like “pstoedit” that do conversions also. They’re the missing link between pencils and laser printers. A pen plotter with a serial interface watch out for HPIB-only plotters! Second, if you’re still interested in plotting then please go nuts with the example code — fork it like there’s no tomorrow and don’t forget to share what you make!

You probably won’t see any response from the machine. Akismet’s spam filtering may delay subsequent comments.

The right waythe other wayand maybe your waywhich is possibly a faster wrong way. Full documentation is available on the web. I’ll cover how to do that later in another article.


To comment on an older post, send me a note through the Contact page the link is below in this column and I’ll transfer it. Javascript is disabled in this browser. The fossilized pens left no trace behind; we all expected that.

I actually bought all this crap I get exactly bupkis from anybody The Baksheesh tag marks the first post involving anything that might look like a freebie. Luckily there are awesome pootter art tools out there, like OpenFrameworks and Processing. You can eliminate the ads by signing in to your WP account or using an ad blocker. By the way, don’t forget that semicolon at the end:.

Here’s what the Lightning Bolt pattern looks like, notice the label at the bottom.

When yoiu say “driver” what you are really wanting is a file format converter. I have a cheap prologix converter at home, and it does a great job with all my home instrumentation: I’m not sure I would have been able to concentrate that long myself. If you’re still with me this far, then first of all: