What need I buy if I need a xy plotter only ( how much is that shipping to Hongkong )\\(I need that plotter support rise the pen up and put the pen down, also support use knife instead of pen to cut paper)
What kind of accuracy are you looking for?
Got the same question as the op. The XY table and XY plotter are mentioned in contraptions-menu of the site, but there is not that much info on it :-)
My answer is: what accuracy can I expect? Ideally accuracy below 0.1 mm (what the human eye can see, but that demand is probably insane) but I would be pleased if it was no more than 0.5 mm - am planing to use multiple colors, so after one round of drawing I plan to change the color and start again (there goes the accuracy:-) ).
What I would like is the following:
- I want to be able to use real paint when reproducing a computer generated artwork and I would like to use different layers of paint, hence the accuracy. (I am planning to make my own paint markers, but this is the wrong forum for that)
- I suspect that my files are going to be rather on the big side because they will have lots of details. Think 10 to 20mb per color - about 250.000 vector points or more. (will probably use a program called vectoraster that converts images to black and white rastered eps files) And yes, I am aware that each round of drawing might take 10 hours or longer.
- I want to start small, A3 sized (17"*11") or maybe A2 (22"*17") and then perhaps go bigger - especially in the length (several meters) - so being able to reuse the components would be awesome.
- And of course, I am not rich, I work a shitty payed job a couple a days a week, make art on the side, so it should not cost too much :-)
So if there is any information anyone can give me, I would be happy - but you are of course also free to tell me that I am insane/ have to wait a couple of more years/ or that it is only doable if you invest like 10K and up and then maybe.