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  1. pbd22

    pbd22 Guest


    Does anybody know if there are any good books, guides, etc.
    on printer design (specifically) ?

  2. There aren't. Why or what do you want to know?
  3. Shawn Heil

    Shawn Heil Guest

    Anybody know if there are any good books, guides, etc. on how to build a
    Space Shuttle?

    Real Daleks don't use the stairs, they level the building!
  4. D from BC

    D from BC Guest

    Anybody know if there are any good books, guides etc. on building sexy
    female robots that are great in bed and do housework? (specifically)
    D from BC

  5. All of the designs start that way, but they always end up as Phil

    Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
    prove it.
    Member of DAV #85.

    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
  6. pbd22

    pbd22 Guest

    Homer -

    I am surprised. Everybody else on this list seems to think
    that building a printer is rocket science, but I knew a guy
    when I was in grad school that designed a pretty simple,
    working model. I am just curious and would love to see
    some material on the subject.

    If anybody out there has some *useful* feedback, thanks.
  7. Joel Kolstad

    Joel Kolstad Guest

    Perhaps you could ask him? :)

    I've never built a printer, but some of my gut feelings include:

    -- A "dot matrix" printer wouldn't be that hard. The printhead is
    effectively a bunch of tiny solenoids... and if you look back far enough,
    some of them weren't exactly "tiny!" 9 and 24 pin dot matrix printers were
    quite the norm for a number of years, and I believe really old ones used as
    few as 7 pins.
    -- Daisy wheels are even simpler (just one "hammer")... if you can still
    find the wheels.
    -- To build an inkjet with a reasonably small dot size, you need access to
    an IC fab process -- although it can be a *really* old one (older inkjet
    heads have feature sizes on the order of tens of microns).
    -- The right person could put together some Frankenstein-esque laser
    printer, but if you don't have access to an optics lab and a good machine
    shop, I wouldn't even try.

    Part of the problem you're having here is that you haven't told us what
    *kind* of printer you're trying to build -- hence the people asking for
    books on building a space shuttle -- and whether you're trying to just do
    some science fair experiment, perform a "proof of concept" demonstration for
    venture capitalists, build and commercialize a product out of your garage,
    etc. Something like a 40+ PPM office laser printer or a mid-level consumer
    photo printer has so many "pieces" that there's almost no individual who
    could build one himself. On the other hand, if you're trying to build a
    customized version of, e.g., the $29 printers at Wal*Mart, you'll have a
    shot if you get the printhead from the likes of HP or Canon. (I seem to
    recall HP once had a program whereby they'd provide inkjet printheads and
    ink cartridges, and then you built the rest of the printer around that.) Of
    course you'll spend far more than $29 to do any of this (where I went to
    college, there was a group that had designed a braile printer which was
    eventually turned into a commercial product... due to the low production
    volumes, the cost per unit was still thousands of dollars... the low-end
    printer marketing model is effectively to give away the printer at cost and
    make money on the ink...).
    For some "diversity" requirement in college I took an industrial engineering
    "electronics manufacturing" course where they have an exploded view of the
    original IBM ProPrinter compared to that of the ProPrinter II... they
    reduced the number of discrete mechanical parts from something like 100+ to
    a couple dozen. It's a cool drawing... (and the ProPrinter II was a very
    good dot matrix printer -- I bet there are still some in service

    That's about as close to a book on printers as I can get you. :)

    As I say, you really need to narrow down just *what* you'd like information
    on: Printheads? Carriages? Control electronics? ...etc...

  8. delo

    delo Guest

    what about to search for a service manual (with schematics) of a simple

  9. pbd22

    pbd22 Guest

    Joel -


    Well, I haven't talked to that guy in a long time (been a while since
    grad school).
    As for printer heads - I am mostly intersted in something that is
    attainable. As for what I want to do - I have been kicking around how
    hard it would be to build a printer that is capable of combining the
    printing and binding process in one. So,
    it would it be able to print a small newsletter with a paper-back
    cover - that kind of thing. This means that I am looking to learn
    everything about how to do this - what kind of print heads, control
    electronics, embedded design requirements (etc, etc).
    There is surprisingly little information out there on printer

    Thanks, I'll look into the ProPrinter stuff.


    PS - braile printer sounds like a very cool idea
  10. Because this involves a mass of complex mechanics and electronics. The
    simplest style would be a plotter which uses a pen of some sort to draw on
    paper but even these are complex.
  11. D from BC

    D from BC Guest

    Space shuttles are easy to build!
    Use NASA as an example..
    Just hire a whole bunch of engineers..wait many years...and presto! shuttle..
    The trickey part is getting all the money... :p
    D from BC
  12. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    s/trickey/tricky/ ;-)

    If I had the money, I'd build an entirely new shuttle, that's cheaper to
    get into orbit. For one thing, I wouldn't throw away the EFT and recover
    and reuse the SRB's - I'd do it the other way around.

    The ultimate rocket, of course, is the NERVA style, if you could get a
    hot enough reactor to run reliably.

    In the interim, I'm investigating antigravity in my secret laboratory. ;-)

  13. If you can - phone Fam.Gutenberg and ask this question to the parents.
    If they remember.


  14. D from BC

    D from BC Guest

    Just won of mi bad spelfing dazzs I gis...Speling is tricky suntymes..
    D from BC
  15. Iwo Mergler

    Iwo Mergler Guest

    In that case, I would start with an existing duplex
    printer and 'just' build the mechanics to pick the
    printed sheets and bind them.

    I assume you are aware that such devices exist.
    They normally come in the shape of automatic staplers,
    folders and envelope stuffers. Everything you need
    to flood the neighborhood with junkmail... ;-)

    Kind regards,

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