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Modified Ink Jet Printer *NEED HELP*

 
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Wilco1973
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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 11:35 am    Post subject: Modified Ink Jet Printer *NEED HELP* Reply with quote

I am an artist who would like to convert an ink jet printer into something that could be made to print on a large surface , without having to utilize it's roller assembly. This would mean removing the printer's roller assembly and possibly more of it's plastic exterior parts.

I figure that I would place the printer on top of the surface (wherever I wanted to print an image), and the surface itself would have to move slowly (mimicking the printers roller assembly). I'm thinking of it as a large "stamp-like" tool.

I will attach a VERY crude MS Paint diagram illustrating my idea.

Is this possible? Is there an easier way than what I am invisioning?

Any input would be greatly appreciated

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Turd
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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2008 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe use the rollers as wheels to move the whole printer, then after it prints a page move it over then print another page and so on Very Happy


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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Turd

Big fan of Kenny Rogers' Jackass, btw. Laughing

Do you think that a printer would still work if I took off the roller assembly (in order to have direct contact with the paper)?

I wonder if the turning of the roller assembly mechanism is a key part of the printing program's process. For instance, would I just get an error message because according to the printer, there would be something like a "paper jam".

Perhaps I could disconnect the roller assembly and just move it up out of the way , so that it still turns but is of no consequence to the actual printing

I should also state that I am not looking to get an absolutley perfect image. I would not mind a little variance.
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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, Will Sasso rocks Laughing


Theres a small switch inside that tells the printer that it has a sheet of paper loaded. It probably won't detect the missing stepper motor and roller.

I think ink-jet cartridges can spray a good distant, maybe over an inch.

So, if you removed a good amount of the bottom of the printer, to get the ink-jet cartridges close enough to the paper, you could use the existing stepper motor to run a set of wheels to drive and print over a large sheet of paper.
The only problem would be when it tries to "load another sheet". It would drive ahead leaving a white space.


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