Monday, 27 February 2012
Thursday, 23 February 2012
I have an old Epson D92 that we used for dye sub printing. This has now been superseded so I get to take it apart! the plan is for a simple Direct To Garment system which I plan to document and publish the laser files on Thingiverse.
So far we have torn down the printer and it is basically modular. There is the main beam which the heads run on and contains the control board, the power supply and a stepper motor to drive the paper, or in this case platen. the only issues I can foresee is the paper trigger timing and making sure the drive is powerful enough to pull the platen along. I plan to design with adjust-ability in mind so hopefully ironing out problems won't be too tricky.
The printer is an older model however the current Epson S21 is practically identical internally so modifying the design for this should not be too difficult.
Below is the first sketch, and this has already been replaced by a newer improved version! It is based on 4mm ply and has no consideration of joints, bracing and in places basic physics.
Monday, 20 February 2012
Another emergency fix - this time a bracket for a fridge tray.
The original was a really thin piece that has snapped and broken away over the years. We stuck all the bits we had back in to place and reinforced it with some cut acrylic. Holes have been cut in the acrylic in case we need to drill and bolt later. Just in case!
Friday, 17 February 2012
I was fortunate enough to acquire a large wooden trunk to store some of my kit in. It was in a very sorry state so a tub of black paint and some laser cut corner pieces later and we have the Victorian Gentleman's Travelling Electronics Case, perfect for quick jaunts by steam ship or dirigible! Sorry for the lack of before pictures, I had nearly finished before I remembered!