I got a null modem cable and a serial-to-USB converter cable and plugged the plotter into my Macbook. The FTC sez I’m supposed to tell you who’s slipping me baksheesh for all the glowing reviews and testimonials you’ll find herein [cough]. I’m not sure I would have been able to concentrate that long myself. Haven’t used this for years, but it worked fine. HP Computer Museum As well as much discussion. Spam comments never get approved. Test if it works by typing or copy-pasting the following:

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An intro to Pen Plotters — Hej.

You can find it 747a This is the story of my first experiment with pen plotters — plotting a land-use map of Downtown Berkeley: I added a vinyl knife to mine, but then bought a cheap Chinese vinyl cutter and gave away my plotter too. Searching for a will bring up many, many other posts ].

It will only open. While it’s easy to appreciate the simplicity of that, it might not be the most efficient way to draw a box.

Creating Land-Use Maps with an HP A Plotter –

I’m not sure I would have been able to concentrate that long myself. Akismet’s spam filtering may delay subsequent comments. One is to drip feed them with data, which is slow, but also by far the easiest to implement, the other way is to implement a simple form of flow control by asking the plotter if there’s enough buffer plottter available before sending it another chunk of data.


There is one minor ph though, and that is that you can’t just hook them up to your laptop and start plotting things from Illustrator: If you’re still with me this far, then first of all: Open your terminal emulator of choice and connect to the 7457a. It’s a recreation of Georg Nees’s ” Cubic Disarray ” from the late 60’s, and it looks like this if you plot it on an HP A on a sheet of 11×17″ paper: They speak a language that most operating systems have forgotten.

I’ve been fascinated with pen plotters for a plogter time now and I’ve owned several of them — but for some reason never posted any of my explorations or findings online.

As I alluded to earlier, there are other commands like that for drawing primitive shapes, e.

PD,; Will then set the pen down and move toBlowback Astable Multivibrato… on Astable Multivibrator: It’s a “save as” sort of thing for the file. RCPete on Astable Multivibrator: There are applications such as Signgo unsupported that will send output files created in the application as HPGL. Files are saved in HPGL format and transfered with a memory stick.

Hewlett Packard HP 7475A Desktop 6 Pen Plotter

Let’s jump straight to the fun part: Contact me offline regarding plotter pens and which ones you are looking for. Follow us on All times are GMT I plottfr a cheap prologix converter at home, and it does a great job with all my home instrumentation: If not, now would be a good time to pick it up. Blowback Astable Multivibrato… on Astable Multivibrator: HP A — chassis latrine.


This will tell the plotter to first initialize INselect pen 1 SP1go to absolute position PA atand then draw a circle CI with a radius of plotter units. By the way, don’t forget that semicolon at the end:.

Double post due ISP errors. You can follow any responses to this entry through RSS 2. Adding a third party protocol converter An interface protocol converter box can be placed between computer and plotter.

I haven’t had the chance to do much else with the pen plotter yet, but hopefully this gave you a taste of what these little robots can do. A good delay value to start with would be something like – ms.