This should optimize even better. SW-2 left one in picture above: The plotter can plot a self-test drawing using all 8 pens. Your Password Forgot your password? Laptop made out of scrap – Combined with a FairPhone2 a possible step in the journey toward a fair laptop. This is the simplest way to get objects hiding beneath others and is low on resources.

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Other cables should work too, but think that a complex plot may take hours and consume some pens and really cheap adapters or multi-adapter-chains may not be as reliable.

I acquired a DXY recently, but no power supply and the pen cable was sprung.

OT: Roland DXYA Power supply

This should optimize even better. Another idea might be to travelling-salesman it, so the pen doesn’t have to lift as often. As for the power supply, Is it a switching power supply? Become a member to follow this project and never miss any updates Become a member. Does this one use An, by any chance? Project Owner Contributor Car of the future! I’ve got an old 3d-plot file of two interlocking donuts that is a pleasure to watch come together as it gets drawn random-square by random-square.


Similar projects worth following. Tested on linux only. SW-1 right one in picture above: Inkscape can be used to create HPGL files. I have been half-tempted to write a script to actually randomize the lines, so that, e. In addition, an Nullmodem cable is required.

Roland DG DXY-990

Furthermore, the digitizing function enables the computer to store the current status of the plotter. These files will be used with higher priority than This is the simplest way to get objects hiding beneath others and is low on resources.

Description There is information spread across the web about this device, but people struggle with using this vintage pen plotter with current computers found various “how to use? SW-2 left one in picture above: Z-order makes sense as an order for drawing. There are a few things I use to get from graphics to plotter, some of them require additional libraries etc:. Does this project spark your interest?

As this is a quick start guide, I’ll provide all the info that got me going. It would be a shame if dx-y980a good working units would be scrapped just because there are some pitfalls along the bringup-way. I had to replace mine with the tray switch from an old CD drive: I use to use these Plotters to create Printed circuit boards, I’ve been looking for one for a while but thought they all went to the scrap yard. This is initiated by the button panel: Yes, delete it Anf.


As this pen plotter is a great toy, I’ll provide basic set-up instructions up to a “hello world” plot, and probably some hardware info and link collection to get yourself started with pen-plotting. Plotter switch settings used by me: Laptop made ans of scrap – Combined with a FairPhone2 a possible step in the journey toward a fair laptop.

Roland DXYA plotter

Press and hold “Enter” during power-on. Project Owner Contributor Scraptop Ronald. Already have an account?

This Nullmodem cable got the following labeling: A common shipping damage occurs on dxy-980aa end-switches as the piece the end switch meets got a round corner right next to the “normal” meeting point that easily breaks the switch if the device shakes during shipping.