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    Printers

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    What do you call those pen (?) printers used to print on very large paper sizes. You could use the printer for printing maps, large charts, or original, full size, engineering drawings, I keep thinking they're called flat bed printers, but I'm informed that is incorrect.
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    Re: Printers

    Plotters.

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    Re: Printers

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    Of course, plotters.

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    Re: Printers

    There are "flatbed" plotters out there, but rather rare now I think. A flatbed plotter will hold the paper stationary, and the pen would travel in all directions to produce the plotted image.

    The majority of plotters are now using rollers which shoot the paper back and forth, and the pen travels side to side.

    Generally, in my experience, I've only seen flatbed plotters for paper sizes upto B (11" X 17"), or it's metric "almost" equivalent, A3 (297mm X 420mm).
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    Re: Printers

    >>> I keep thinking they're called flat bed printers

    Just as a BTW, there are (at least) two types of plotter, mechanically speaking. The smaller ones have a 'flat bed' where the pen is moved in the 'x' and 'y' axis and work on a single sheet of paper. Larger ones use a roll of paper - the pen moves along one axis, the paper itself moving on the other. Proportionately, the larger ones have a smaller footprint and can in theory produce a drawing the length of the roll of paper....

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    Re: Printers

    Early in my career of CAD, we had several "Flatbed Plotters" that were 8 feet x 36 feet. They were high speed, the plot pen could move from one corner to a diagonal corner in less that 3 seconds. They even had light beams around the tables to keep people from getting hurt.
    The attacmnet shows a small one from the 1977 era.
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