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  1. #1
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    DIY flatbed printer ?

    I would like to build a machine to print designs on sheets of foam. the foam will be 3,6, or 9mm thick and be a sheet size of 27x39. I have several deskjet style printers laying around for parts. has anyone here tried this? Any info would be greatly appreciated!

    here is a link that is similar to what I want to make.

    http://hackedgadgets.com/2007/09/13/...atbed-printer/
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    Anyone tried this?
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    umm... bump?
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  4. #4
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    Well there is a similar build for a T-shirt printer. Including plans.... http://www.t-shirtforums.com/diy-dtg/t48651.html

    bob

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    Arrow Foam Printer

    Quote Originally Posted by rcpilot82 View Post
    I would like to build a machine to print designs on sheets of foam. has anyone here tried this?
    This LINK will give some information that you might find helpful.

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    blackbeard, thanks for the link, it appears that they are keeping the same printing area for the t's. I am in need of something to print a 27"X39" sheet of foam.

    weldtutor, I have seen that link before. that machine cuts foam but does not print on it. I cannot see a way to convert it to printing without re-designing it.

    Thanks for the help guys, keep it coming! Once I figure out what I am doing I will do a build thread if there is any interest.
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    I would think you could buy a wide format plotter and add a movable table (with alteration) using the DIYDTG methods. The carriage mechanism is the only hurdle.

    Bob

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    Re: DIY flatbed printer ?

    Resurrection of an old thread here...but has anyone pursued this any further?

    I've been thinking about trying to convert a large format printer to print on foam board (like available at Dollar Tree). I'm just curious if simply raising the print head carriage and various supporting structure with spacers (custom height, 3D printed) to change the gap to allow the ~5mm thickness of the foamboard to pass through. As far as the printer is concerned, it'll think it's still printing on "roll paper," unless there is some sensor that tells the printer the thickness of the paper it's printing on.

    Thoughts?

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