Dot Metrix printer for stencils

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Dot Metrix printer for stencils

Post by rustysnow on Thu May 19, 2016 3:31 pm

Has anyone here got any experience using a dot metrix printer for printing stencils? I heard it could be a cheap alternative

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Post by marked 4 life on Thu May 19, 2016 3:41 pm

I have used one, they do work, they dont always give a crisp thin outline, depends on how many dpi you set it on, mine is an old Epson LQ300+ I hand draw all mine these days.

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Post by rustysnow on Thu May 19, 2016 5:37 pm

Thanks dude...i saw one up for sale locally for around $60 it's an epson LQ570+
Did you run yours through any specific program or were you able to just plug it inot your pc/mac and print without any issues?

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Post by marked 4 life on Thu May 19, 2016 7:20 pm

I just plugged mine in, works on windows vista, 7, XP and 8.1, I think I had to download a new driver from the epson website, also mine has a serial port so I purchased a serial port to usb lead and it works fine on my 8.1.

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Post by Whippet on Thu May 19, 2016 9:58 pm

I got hold of one recently, part of a job lot, I think an Epsom lq470. Tried to run it through a Mac ... No chance! No drivers available. I ended up dumping it...literally.

If you take anything from this, check out how the seller last ran the printer, what OS and what version of the OS and if drivers are available etc.
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Post by rustysnow on Fri May 20, 2016 7:11 pm

Whippet wrote:I got hold of one recently, part of a job lot, I think an Epsom lq470. Tried to run it through a Mac ... No chance! No drivers available. I ended up dumping it...literally.

If you take anything from this, check out how the seller last ran the printer, what OS and what version of the OS and if drivers are available etc.
This is what i feared, he was running it from an old version of windows... looks like i'll keep hand drawing for now, i guess it's all good practice for the final piece

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Post by Whippet on Fri May 20, 2016 11:57 pm

I use a chinese thermal copier which works fine, and as I'm only practising right now I'm getting through a fair few stencils.

However, there's a lot to be said for 'learning' the design as you handmake a stencil. I never had a stencil transfer machine before so all my stencils were hand drawn.
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