plotter

Started by Lez November 10, 2006
Few years ago I bought an old calcomp model 83(m83)

I fiddled with it and it did a self test.

well here I am five years or so later and I finally deiced to try it
again, but cant remember what button combination I used to get a self
test out of it.

It says rs232 on th back with dip switches for baud rate etc.

Does anyone have one of thse still, I'm wondering what type of serial
cable to use on it first, and more importantly, what to use as a
driver with XP.

I'd love to get it going to do pcb for my little projects, I've had
enough of toner transfer giving inconsistant results, and I'm sure the
resolution of theplotter wil be good enough for the pics I use, f88's
etc.
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Lez
Lez,
can't help you with that one...
But why bother with that old slow plotter??
I'm using a HP deskjet 950C and print the layouts
on inkjet transparency film.The smallest usable track/spacings
are down to about 0.3mm...more than adequate for for R&D work.

Lez wrote:

> Few years ago I bought an old calcomp model 83(m83)
>
> I fiddled with it and it did a self test.
>
> well here I am five years or so later and I finally deiced to try it
> again, but cant remember what button combination I used to get a self
> test out of it.
>
> It says rs232 on th back with dip switches for baud rate etc.
>
> Does anyone have one of thse still, I'm wondering what type of serial
> cable to use on it first, and more importantly, what to use as a
> driver with XP.
>
> I'd love to get it going to do pcb for my little projects, I've had
> enough of toner transfer giving inconsistant results, and I'm sure the
>
> resolution of theplotter wil be good enough for the pics I use, f88's
> etc.
>
> --
>
> Lez
>

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Eirik Karlsen
On 10/11/06, Eirik Karlsen wrote:
>
> Lez,
> can't help you with that one...
> But why bother with that old slow plotter??
> I'm using a HP deskjet 950C and print the layouts

Because I would then have to buy sensitized board, developer, light
source etc, as opposed to using some duct tape a $1 etch resist pen.
I have had some success with toner transfer, but I am not getting
consistent results, so I thought it was time I put the plotter to
work, its been sat for about 5 years since I bought it, and if I can
get it to do this, then I can also make other attachments and use it
for say, simple engraving, small vinyl cutting.