using the plotter:
hardware connection is between the db25 to db9 pin cable (labelled 'noisebridge plotter cable') and the null modem adapter.
supply your own usb to serial cable. Connect to the computer/modem db25pin port on the plotter.
save paths from inkscape to hpgl format, cut and paste the hpgl into a terminal session with the plotter (9600, 8N1)
Ideas for use
print things with it
print things like things like the periodic table of elements, pinouts for chips, manifestos, big schematics.
the plotter has a easily replacable ink supply
as long as we have bic pens, the plotter won't run out of ink. have to work out a bic pen holder (on Nutjob)
the plotter has space for 8 implements
if we work out HPGL color instructions (and implement choosers), we can use red,black,blue etc....
the plotter could cut things
if we put a blade in, the thing could cut vinyl? see how this is done by others.
the plotter can resize
again, this is about using hpgl to our advantage. autosizing posters to fillup the space of any paper in the plotter.
New export function in Inkscape nightly
Hello all, I don't know how active this project is, but take a look at the new inkscape nightly. They have a much better HPGL support. The horizontal flip for example is taken care of, and now you also have much more interesting settings. Output quality also looks much better.