[PD] Controlling a Printer

Martin martin.peach at sympatico.ca
Wed Aug 31 22:54:15 CEST 2011

Well there are many kinds of printer, so the answer is 'maybe'.
For me the best are the old dot-matrix with the serial connection. If 
you have that you can program the head to go wherever you like.
Otherwise I just rip them open and keep only the rail mechanism and the 
stepper motor that drives the head along the rails. I use an arduino or 
something similar to control the stepper.


On 31/08/11 04:28 PM, Tyler Leavitt wrote:
> Hello list,
> I was curious if anybody has dabbled in controlling a printer through 
> pd. I'm waiting for a cheap one to arrive at the local second-hand 
> store, so while I wait to attempt it myself I thought I'd ask the 
> list. Specifically, I seek to control the location of the printer 
> needle(?) that moves horizontally. I figured I could attach a slide to 
> it and run a guitar string under it for some techno-slide music.
> Any input appreciated,
> Tyler
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