A few months ago I got free printer and decided to turn it into an flatbed printer, so I could print onto canvas and on PCB’s (and bake them and then etch them). But at first I wanted to print on canvas.
While taking the printer apart I discovered the encoder, and I accidentally broke an plastic part of the encoder and ruined the project. Also this printer was very old and did not work properly with windows vista.
Then a new opportunity showed up, I got an free Lexmark 605z printer from my girlfriend:
Here’s the x-axis which is going to move above the workpiece, I don’t have to do anything about it, only take some parts out.
Here is the assembly of the feed for the paper, driven by a stepper motor.
Here’s how I mounted the motor, I used the original part’s as far as I could. Right is the mounting plate for the gearings, I had to use the original gearing to make the paper feed run at the right speed. I used a multitool to make it all fit nicely.
Here’s the assambly of the paper feed completed, I used stirring rod’s from the local hardware store to make it run smooth I also made a lot of cut’s with a stanley-knife in the stirring rod’s to give the rubber band more grip. I also put some springs to the metal bar to support it and give the rubber bands more grip, this is not shown in the picture.
Here’s the testing of the paper feed:
When the paper feed was completed the hardest part was done, but to get it run perfectly was a real difficult part!
When the printer head was attached it was time to test it for real! I placed some pieces of wood to increase the height to make it print on the right height from the workpiece.
Then I placed a blank canvas painting under it and pushed print!;
I’m planning on printing on PCB’s, if I have some more spare time.
A little review of the costs:
-Printer Lexmark 605z (free)
-MDF Wood (free)
-2 slider bearings (8 euro)
-Some screws, glue and some other little things (free)
-Printer ink (60 euro)
A major disadvantage was the costs of the ink, it cost me 60 euro for 2 cardridges (color and black), and the printer is generous with the ink! I hope the refilling costs less!
I build it last weekend, I think it took me about 10 hours of building time.
Hope you like it!