HP plotters

From: John Honniball <John.Honniball_at_uwe.ac.uk>
Date: Fri Sep 3 10:15:09 1999

On Fri, 3 Sep 1999 01:32:45 -0700 Mike Ford
<mikeford_at_socal.rr.com> wrote:
> Gerber, I think, used to have a system using a tiny router (like a drill
> bit, except designed to cut sideways) to cut out circuit traces for board
> prototyping.

I've seen this kind of thing done, both for quick turnaround
at the prototype stage and for "design confidentiality".

> Roland packaged a system with a plotter and swiveling exacto knife "pen"
> that most sign shops used to cut letters for banners etc.

My favourite peripheral of all time: the Roland 3-axis
milling machine. It could cut full 3D models out of blocks
of plastic, presumably controlled by a kind of 3D HPGL.
Made a hell of a mess with little green plastic shavings!
Anybody got one? Anybody want to get rid of one? :-)

John Honniball
Email: John.Honniball_at_uwe.ac.uk
University of the West of England
Received on Fri Sep 03 1999 - 10:15:09 BST

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