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Archive for August 20th, 2015

HP 7475A Plotter: CMY Ink Mixes

Mixing bulk inkjet printer inks produces pretty colors:

CMY Printer Ink Mixes - backlit

CMY Printer Ink Mixes – backlit

The small spots show the colors on paper (with the vials in a different order):

CMY Printer Ink Mixes - paper spots

CMY Printer Ink Mixes – paper spots

Three of those vials contain the original CMY inks, taken from a trio of small generic inkjet refill bottles.

Mixing 1:1 ratios of two inks produces the expected red / blue / green primaries.

Six other colors came from 2:1 blends of two inks and, except maybe for that purple over on the right of the top picture, aren’t worth the aggravation; plotter drawings don’t score higher for having a rich color palette.

In principle, I could dilute the mixes with water (alcohol? vodka?) to produce less saturated colors, but for plotter ink absolutely nothing exceeds like excess.

The CMY and 1:1 (= 0.5 ml each) vials should contain 1.0 ml and the 2:1 vials hold 0.9 ml (= 0.3 + 0.6 ml), but I didn’t sweat the small stuff and there was some, ah, spillage along the way.

The vials are 1.5 ml perfume sample vials from the usual eBay supplier: 50 of the things (with 10 squeezy plastic 3 ml pipettes) set me back nine bucks delivered. Refilling a plotter pen requires maybe 0.05 ml, so each vial holds 20-ish refills with plenty of headroom.

Uncapping and recapping the vials inside a towel makes a lot of sense; the ink makes its way between the cap and vial, creeps up to the lip, and spatters as the lid snaps closed. Fortunately, that t-shirt was getting on toward worn out…

Memo to Self: Do not fiddle with magenta ink immediately before chopping the supper vegetables.

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