A2 plotter

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|Short description=We have a roland DPX-2000 A2 plotter, here are some instructions on how to use it.
 
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== Generate HPGL code ==
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== HPGL code for the DPX-2000 plotter ==
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These commands come from the command manual for the drafting plotter.
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=== The "DF" command ===
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'''Function'''
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This command sets the plotter settings to the default status.
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See this table for the default values:
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{| class="wikitable"
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! style="font-weight: bold;" | Function
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! style="font-weight: bold;" | Equivalent
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command
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! style="font-weight: bold;" | Conditions
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|-
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| Plotting mode
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| PA;
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| Absolute coordinates
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|-
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| Printing direction
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| DR;
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| Right horizontal
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|-
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| Line type
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| LT;
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| Solid Line
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|-
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| Line pattern length
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| LT;
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| 4% of diagonal line of P1 and P2
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|-
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| Input window
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| IW;
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| Mechanical limit of plotter
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|-
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| Character size
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| SR;
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| Width= 0,285 cm
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Height= 0,375 cm
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|-
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| Symbol mode
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| SM,
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| Off
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|-
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| Scale length
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| TL,
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| X scale + 0,5% of (P2x-P1x)
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Y scale +0,5% of (P2y -P1y)
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|-
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| Standard character set
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| CS;
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| Set 0
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|-
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| Alternate character set
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| CA;
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| Value set by the DIP switch
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|-
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| Character set
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| SS;
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| Standard character set
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|-
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| Character slant
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| SL;
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| 0°
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|-
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| Digitize mode
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| DC;
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| Cleared
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|-
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| Scaling
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| SC;
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| Not scaled
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|-
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| Pen speed
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| VS;
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| 400mm/s
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|-
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| Label terminator
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| DT CHR$(03)
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| ETX(CHR $(03))
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|-
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| Buffered label string
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| BL;
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| Cleared
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|-
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| Character chord angle
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| CC;
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| 5°
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|-
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| Extra space
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| ES;
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| 0,0
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|-
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| Full type
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| FT;
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| Type1 1% of P1-P2
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|-
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| Force select
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| FS;
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| 20g
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|}
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== Generating HPGL code ==
 
HPGL can be generated with the nightly build of inkscape (or 0.91 once it is released) (the one in the current version sucks, and only allows an A4 to be plot).
 
HPGL can be generated with the nightly build of inkscape (or 0.91 once it is released) (the one in the current version sucks, and only allows an A4 to be plot).
  
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#Convert everything to paths, other things will be ignored
 
#Convert everything to paths, other things will be ignored
 
#Go to file -- save as, and select HPGL
 
#Go to file -- save as, and select HPGL
#Make sure center zero is selected, other settings will be here later.
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===Settings HPGL export===
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[[image:HPGL-export1.png]]
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*Make sure '''Nulpunt centraal''' (or '''center zero''' in English) is selected for our plotter
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*Since for space reasons the plotter is upside down it can be interesting to set rotation to 180°
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*Pen number can be from 1 to 8 (but 2 seems to be broken on our plotter), this is the pen from the pen selector that will be used for the print. Currently only 1 pen is supported, so if you 'd like more colors you have to split your design up in layers, make them visible and save them as HPGL one at a time, and plot them one at a time.
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* ''Drukkracht pen''' or '''pen pressure''' can best stay 0, the plotter will than auto adjust.
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[[image:HPGL-export2.png]]
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* Make sure to '''UNCHECK''' everything here, this is designed for vinyl cutters, not for pen plotters
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[[image:HPGL-export3.png]]
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* You don't have to change anything here.
  
 
== Send the HPGL file to the plotter ==
 
== Send the HPGL file to the plotter ==

Latest revision as of 15:44, 10 February 2014


A2 plotter
What:
We have a roland DPX-2000 A2 plotter, here are some instructions on how to use it.
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Participants:
User:Warddr
Category:
Infrastructure
Locations:
Den Bunker

Contents

HPGL code for the DPX-2000 plotter

These commands come from the command manual for the drafting plotter.

The "DF" command

Function This command sets the plotter settings to the default status. See this table for the default values:

Function Equivalent

command

Conditions
Plotting mode PA; Absolute coordinates
Printing direction DR; Right horizontal
Line type LT; Solid Line
Line pattern length LT; 4% of diagonal line of P1 and P2
Input window IW; Mechanical limit of plotter
Character size SR; Width= 0,285 cm

Height= 0,375 cm

Symbol mode SM, Off
Scale length TL, X scale + 0,5% of (P2x-P1x)

Y scale +0,5% of (P2y -P1y)

Standard character set CS; Set 0
Alternate character set CA; Value set by the DIP switch
Character set SS; Standard character set
Character slant SL;
Digitize mode DC; Cleared
Scaling SC; Not scaled
Pen speed VS; 400mm/s
Label terminator DT CHR$(03) ETX(CHR $(03))
Buffered label string BL; Cleared
Character chord angle CC;
Extra space ES; 0,0
Full type FT; Type1 1% of P1-P2
Force select FS; 20g


Generating HPGL code

HPGL can be generated with the nightly build of inkscape (or 0.91 once it is released) (the one in the current version sucks, and only allows an A4 to be plot).

In inkscape

  1. Convert everything to paths, other things will be ignored
  2. Go to file -- save as, and select HPGL

Settings HPGL export

HPGL-export1.png

HPGL-export2.png

HPGL-export3.png

Send the HPGL file to the plotter

use this command

cat yourfile.hpgl > /dev/lp0

MORE INFO WILL BE ADDED

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