I do engineering/design drafting as my vocation, for the last ten
years all of the full size plotters have been inkjet. This is why you
can get the excellent price on the pen type. The inkjets are
basically big printers, so the maintenance is low.
Pens disappeared due to having to mess with cleaning them daily. If
you let them set more than a day they can dry up and never get the
ink out of them. Some have one-use throw-away pens available, these
may be the best solution for you if you never want to clean pens.
That said, if you just want occasional use for mold pieces, etc. they
plot fine. Check and see if software drivers are available, otherwise
it is an anchor.
--- Greg wrote:
> is anyone using pen plotters to loft lines any more ... I have a
> to buy a pen plotter for 50 bucks and wonder what people are using
> these days. any pros and cons for either?