The material on which it is printed now also has a role by himself: the roughness of the paper is not hidden by the inkjet but emphasized by the pen that physically touches the paper and travels on it.
The main difference between printing with a normal printer and d.i.d. is that the machine is able to follow vectors as paths in the same way that a CNC router does. This allows to create graphics that are more fluid and overhaul more defined and vivid on paper.
The project is continuously improving and changing on user's feedback.
You can check the latest version with downloadable files on our thingiverse page.
This design is inspired by the work of Thingiverse User JuanGg.
d.i.d. - deep ink diver
d.i.d. is a 3d printed, open-source, scalable, pen plotter.The aim of the project is to make a cheap, easy to build, printer made specifically for vector-based graphics.
From a precise pen made for technical drawing, to big markers used for graffiti; the way printing is perceived on paper is not bound anymore to the restrictions of a cartridge.
The materials and electronics used for the plotter are all standard and easy to source.
The main frame is made of aluminum extrusion and 3d printed connections. The motors are all standard nema 17 stepper-motors and a single sg-90 servo motor. Everything is driven by a cheap Arduino Uno control board that handles the transition from g-code to movement. Furthermore, the software used to create g-code, Inkscape, is opensource as well.