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HP 7475A Plotter: Roland Knife Holder-Stabilizer

Somewhat encouraged by the results of the height-map cap atop the plotter’s pen holder, I figured a unified knife adapter and stabilizer cap would work even better. That requires enough accuracy to build a real solid model, rather than just sketch a height map…

Print out the the grid-overlaid image of the pen holder, then doodle coordinates & measurements all over the poor thing:

HP 7475A Pen Holder - gridded doodle

HP 7475A Pen Holder – gridded doodle

Now I can toss that piece of paper…

That, plus a bit of digital caliper work, produces a flurry of dimensions & an array of vertices:

//-- Plotter pen holder stabilizer

HolderPlateThick = 3.0;				// thickness of plate atop holder
RimHeight = 5.0;					// rim around sides of holder
RimThick = 2.0;

HolderOrigin = [17.0,12.2,0.0];		// center of pen relative to polygon coordinates

HolderZOffset = 30.0;				// top of holder in pen-down position
HolderTopThick = 1.7;				// top of holder to top of pen flange
HolderCylinderLength = 17.0;		// length of pen support structure

HolderKnifeOffset = -2.0;			// additional downward adjustment range (not below top surface)

LockScrewInset = 3.0;				// from right edge of holder plate
LockScrewOD = 2.0;					// tap for 2.5 mm screw

// Beware: update hardcoded subscripts in Stabilizer() when adding / deleting point entries 

HolderPlate = [
	[8.6,18.2],[8.6,23.9],			// 0 lower left corner of pen recess
	[13.9,23.9],[13.9,30.0],		// 2
//	[15.5,30.0],[15.5,25.0],		// 4 omit middle of support beam
//	[20.4,25.0],[20.4,30.0],		// 6
	[22.7,30.0],[22.7,27.5],		// 4
	[35.8,27.5],[35.8,20.7],		// 6 spring box corner
	[43.0,20.7],					// 8
	[31.5,0.0],						// 9
//	[24.5,0.0],[24.5,8.0],			// 10 omit pocket above pen clamp
//	[22.5,10.0],[22.5,16.5],		// 12
//	[20.5,18.2]						// 14
	[13.6,0.0],						// 10
	[8.6,5.0]						// 11
	];

BeamWidth = HolderPlate[4][0] - HolderPlate[2][0];

The general idea is to extrude the overall shape of the stabilizer cap, carve out chunks to fit it onto the pen holder, then add a cylinder around the knife bearing:

HP7475A - Roland knife stabilizer - bottom - thrown together view

HP7475A – Roland knife stabilizer – bottom – thrown together view

The OpenSCAD source code contains a bunch of magic numbers and indexes that pull values from the vertex array:

module Stabilizer(SeeKnife = false) {

  difference() {
    union() {
      translate(-HolderOrigin)                                            // put center of pen at origin
        difference() {
            render(convexity=4)
            linear_extrude(height=(HolderPlateThick + RimHeight))         // overall flange around edges
              offset(r=RimThick)
                  polygon(points=HolderPlate);

            render(convexity=4)
            translate([0,0,-Protrusion])                                  // recess for pen holder plate
              linear_extrude(height=(RimHeight + Protrusion))
                polygon(points=HolderPlate);

            translate([HolderPlate[7][0] - Protrusion,HolderPlate[7][1] - Protrusion,-Protrusion])  // trim spring box from top plate
              cube([30,20,(RimHeight + HolderPlateThick + 2*Protrusion)]);

            translate([27.0,HolderPlate[6][1] - Protrusion,-Protrusion])  // trim pivot plate clearance
              cube([30,20,(RimHeight + HolderPlateThick + 2*Protrusion)]);

            translate([HolderPlate[2][0],20,-Protrusion])                 // trim left support beam
              cube([BeamWidth,20,(RimHeight + Protrusion)]);

            translate([HolderPlate[9][0] - LockScrewInset,RimThick,RimHeight - HolderTopThick - LockScrewOD/2])                        // lock screw on front edge
              rotate([90,0,0])
                rotate(180/4)
                  PolyCyl(LockScrewOD,3*RimThick);                        // hold-down screw hole
        }

      translate([0,0,(RimHeight - HolderCylinderLength + Protrusion)])
        cylinder(d=BodyOD,h=HolderCylinderLength + Protrusion,$fn=NumSides);  // surround knife threads
    }

    translate([0,0,-HolderZOffset + HolderKnifeOffset])
      if (SeeKnife)
#        Knife();
      else
        Knife();
  }
}

A bottom view shows all the cutouts:

HP7475A - Roland knife stabilizer - build layout

HP7475A – Roland knife stabilizer – build layout

The little hole in the front fits a screw that will pass under the top plate of the pen holder and prevent the cutting forces from pushing it off.

As with the Sakura pen adapter, the knife point sits at (0,0,0) with the stabilizer cap positioned at the (estimated) top of the pen holder:

Roland knife stabilizer - show layout

Roland knife stabilizer – show layout

After a few print-and-try iterations to align all the fiddly cutouts:

HP 7475A - Roland knife stabilizer - installed

HP 7475A – Roland knife stabilizer – installed

The slope-topped block protruding toward you from the bottom right actuates the carousel’s pen capping mechanism; it doesn’t quite touch the side of an HP pen and is well clear of the knife holder.

Because there’s still no depth control surrounding the knife blade, this won’t work well at all, but it should suffice for better measurements.

The full source code is back at the beginning.

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