• Plotter Pens

    Posted by Steve Broughton on August 10, 2002 at 7:17 am

    When I bought my plotter 6 years ago in the box was a packet of plotter pens, now six years later the packet remains unopened and everytime i open my cupboard draw there they are taking up space, now should I lob em in file 13 (the bin) or does anyone actually use the damn things (?)

    Martin Pearson replied 21 years, 10 months ago 2 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Robert Lambie

    August 10, 2002 at 7:36 am

    i use them alot steve.
    what i use them for is raised letters for my router.
    even years ago i used them. what i did was this;
    i would get some wallpaper / lining paper and draw with the plotter
    say the word signs. i would make 2 exact copies. then with a
    stanley knife i would cut all the letters up. just a rectangle or somthing round them. take them to my sheet of say perspex or aluminium and using some spray mount glue stick the peices ontop of the sheet.
    take a jig saw and cut the letters out & then apply plastic locators.
    now go back to the other copy you made and press the letters onto it marking where the locators are. hey presto you have made your self a set off raised letters complete with template for fixing to the wall or where ever! 😀
    nowadays because we as a group buy the spray mask vinyl so cheap i just cut one copy in spray mask and stick it to the perspex. it also makes jigsawing it much easier & alot faster.

  • Robert Lambie

    August 10, 2002 at 7:40 am

    another tip!
    if you run out of pens or they run out i should say…
    just take a small hack saw and cut an old plastic bic pen at about the hieght of your cutters blad holder. now take some vinyl and wrap it round the pen. stick it in the plotter & away you go. 😉

  • Martin Pearson

    August 11, 2002 at 12:28 am

    I use the plotter pens for the same thing as Robert, to make up templates for flatcut lettering. I have also used them for cad and engineering drawings.

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