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<H1>HP DesignJet 600</H1>
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This page is about the HP DesignJet 600 plotter.
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===HP DesignJet 600===
  
Roll-fed plotter using (original) DeskJet Black and CMY cartridges.
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Roll-fed 600dpi plotter using (original) DeskJet Black Ink cartridge printheads.
  
Serial and Parallel interface - choose from control panel - currently (5/1/2014) connected to quorra using a long parallel cable.
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The standard memory installed in this plotter is 4MB, upgradeable to 20MB to enable larger / more complex plots to be printed.
  
<H1>Switching on.</H1>
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Serial and Parallel interface connected to the Embroidery PC (GLaDOS) using a short pll cable with a usb adaptor.
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===Switching on===
  
 
Before switching on, make sure that the paper roll is in place, positioned against the right-hand alignment mark, and not torn so as to prevent the printhead from moving.
 
Before switching on, make sure that the paper roll is in place, positioned against the right-hand alignment mark, and not torn so as to prevent the printhead from moving.
  
Switch on, button at the left-hand side. The printer will go through an extensive self-test routing, which includes examining the paper to see how wide it is. When ready, the display will say so.  
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Switch on, button at the left-hand side. The button detent is broken,  but it can be held in by sliding the shim of wood tied around the housing over the switch.  The printer will go through an extensive self-test routine, which includes sweeping back and forth across the paper to see how wide it is.
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When ready, the display will say so.
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===Printing===
  
<H1>Printing.</H1>
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There is a driver installed under Linux on the [[GLaDOS|Embroidery PC]].
  
There is a driver installed under Windows XP on quorra. Other operating systems may also have drivers these have not been tested.
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{{note|Windows only has 32bit drivers available, so if you want to print from your own laptop, good luck! :)}}
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===Ink===
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The DesignJet 600 takes a pair of ink-cartridge / printheads, type HP26 (or equivalent). A supply of remanufactured ones is currently available (in the green shopping back, under the plotter).
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===Settings===
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Printing is possible from a .PDF file under Linux on the Embroidery PC. No changes to settings from the printer's own control panel are necessary.
  
 
There are probably more printer settings that need to be checked when printing on a device like this, where the paper size is not obvious. The paper roll is A0 (841mm) width, to check that this is the current selection when the print dialog is opened from the application that you want to print from.
 
There are probably more printer settings that need to be checked when printing on a device like this, where the paper size is not obvious. The paper roll is A0 (841mm) width, to check that this is the current selection when the print dialog is opened from the application that you want to print from.
  
The only other option to check is under printer / advanced options, where there is an option to 'print as bitmap image'. This should ''not'' be selected, as it slows down transmission of the data increasing the possibility of errors (e.g. an A4 dosument printed at 400%, which was the test piece, requires the transmission of 210MB of data in 'bitmap image' mode, compared with under 2MB otherwise using the plotters internal intelligence.
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The only other option to check is under printer / advanced options, where there is an option to 'print as bitmap image'. This should ''not'' be selected, as it slows down transmission of the data increasing the possibility of errors (e.g. an A4 document printed at 400%, which was the test piece, requires the transmission of 210MB of data in 'bitmap image' mode, compared with under 2MB otherwise using the plotters internal intelligence.
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After a job is completed, the plotter waits for over a minute (see the display) for the ink to dry before cutting the paper (this is for when transparency film is being printed). Do not try and manually feed or cut the paper during this time - it will take you longer than this to re-load and align the paper once more.
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===Network===
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The printer now has a JetDirect card installed and has been assigned the IP 10.0.0.97 on the space's [[network]].
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Ensure plotter is switched on and has ethernet connection plugged in.
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===Future===
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A spindle needs to be fabricated to keep the paper roll from drifting in position. {{low}}
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<H1>Links and references</H1>
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http://www.linuxfoundation.org/collaborate/workgroups/openprinting/macosx/hpijs#Printers
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[[Category:Network]]
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[[Category:Printers and scanners]]
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[[Category:Tools and Equipment]]

Latest revision as of 19:06, 9 November 2021

Plotter
Tool Plotter.jpeg
Manufacturer HP
Model DesignJet 600
Obtained
Location Studio
Team Craft & Textiles
Induction Required No
Booking {{{booking}}}
Status Defunct
Tools:   all pageslistPower ToolsBroken tools     {{}}

This page is about the HP DesignJet 600 plotter.

HP DesignJet 600

Roll-fed 600dpi plotter using (original) DeskJet Black Ink cartridge printheads.

The standard memory installed in this plotter is 4MB, upgradeable to 20MB to enable larger / more complex plots to be printed.

Serial and Parallel interface connected to the Embroidery PC (GLaDOS) using a short pll cable with a usb adaptor.

Switching on

Before switching on, make sure that the paper roll is in place, positioned against the right-hand alignment mark, and not torn so as to prevent the printhead from moving.

Switch on, button at the left-hand side. The button detent is broken, but it can be held in by sliding the shim of wood tied around the housing over the switch. The printer will go through an extensive self-test routine, which includes sweeping back and forth across the paper to see how wide it is.

When ready, the display will say so.

Printing

There is a driver installed under Linux on the Embroidery PC.

Note Note: Windows only has 32bit drivers available, so if you want to print from your own laptop, good luck! :)

Ink

The DesignJet 600 takes a pair of ink-cartridge / printheads, type HP26 (or equivalent). A supply of remanufactured ones is currently available (in the green shopping back, under the plotter).

Settings

Printing is possible from a .PDF file under Linux on the Embroidery PC. No changes to settings from the printer's own control panel are necessary.

There are probably more printer settings that need to be checked when printing on a device like this, where the paper size is not obvious. The paper roll is A0 (841mm) width, to check that this is the current selection when the print dialog is opened from the application that you want to print from.

The only other option to check is under printer / advanced options, where there is an option to 'print as bitmap image'. This should not be selected, as it slows down transmission of the data increasing the possibility of errors (e.g. an A4 document printed at 400%, which was the test piece, requires the transmission of 210MB of data in 'bitmap image' mode, compared with under 2MB otherwise using the plotters internal intelligence.

After a job is completed, the plotter waits for over a minute (see the display) for the ink to dry before cutting the paper (this is for when transparency film is being printed). Do not try and manually feed or cut the paper during this time - it will take you longer than this to re-load and align the paper once more.

Network

The printer now has a JetDirect card installed and has been assigned the IP 10.0.0.97 on the space's network. Ensure plotter is switched on and has ethernet connection plugged in.

Future

A spindle needs to be fabricated to keep the paper roll from drifting in position.  

Links and references

http://www.linuxfoundation.org/collaborate/workgroups/openprinting/macosx/hpijs#Printers