414RE: [diy_3d_printing_and_fabrication] Inkjet Cartridge Manipulation
- Feb 13 11:18 PM
I suggest though splitting the project cleanly into two parts:
Direct control and printing of the cartridge:
I would base that design on a simple Constant speed straight linear movement of the cartridge. It would be easy to test using various straight line movement of either the head or the paper under it. The goal would be printing clean text and pictures assuming a constant speed movement of the head.
There are many designs for 3-D milling that could be applied.
The starting point could be to use an existing CNC milling machine. There is lots of software available both commercially and free for that task. A further improvement would be to add a fourth axis to the milling machine to tilt the cartridge left-right to match the surface being printed. A little trickier but the free software exists it to add a 5th axis for tilting the cartridge up-down.
Printing would be no different than milling the surface while feeding the cartridge with the proper data stream.
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