Press and hold “Enter” during power-on. Similar projects worth following. I’ve got an old 3d-plot file of two interlocking donuts that is a pleasure to watch come together as it gets drawn random-square by random-square. The plotter can plot a self-test drawing using all 8 pens. I understand they used different ones for different models. There are a few things I use to get from graphics to plotter, some of them require additional libraries etc:. If the end switch is replaced, the adjustment screw needs to be played with so that the plotter reliably picks up and drops pens from the pen holder.

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As this pen plotter is a great toy, I’ll provide basic set-up instructions up to a “hello world” plot, and probably some hardware info and link collection to get yourself started with pen-plotting.

Roland DG DXY-990

Almost more like it’s drawing the lines in order of closest to the viewer to furthest, which would make entirely too much sense. I use to use these Plotters to create Printed circuit boards, I’ve been looking for one for a while but thought they all went to the scrap yard. So adn is no support from Roland anymore. SW-2 left one in picture above: Inkscape can be used to create HPGL files. This should optimize even better. After that the plotter finds the lower left edge “home”.


I used an old dos based program to run it.

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This Nullmodem cable got the following labeling: The plotter can plot ddy-980a self-test drawing using all 8 pens. Sign up Already a member? JPEG Image – 5. Tested on linux only.

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Description There is information spread across the web about this device, but people struggle with using this vintage pen plotter with current computers found various “how to use? Of course the plotter can do way more. SW-1 right one in picture above: If the end switch is replaced, the adjustment screw needs to be played with so that the plotter reliably picks up and drops pens from the pen holder.


The Hackaday Prize. I had to replace mine with the tray switch from an old CD drive: Your Password Forgot your password? It would be a shame if perfectly good working units would be scrapped just because there are some pitfalls along the bringup-way.

A common shipping damage occurs on the end-switches as the piece the end switch meets got a round corner right next to the “normal” meeting point that easily breaks the switch if the device shakes during shipping.

Python library to talk to serial port: Can you provide the file? An ongoing project to add entertainment, bells, whistles and quality of life abd to the car. I understand they used dxy-980w ones for different models.

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