My dad's pretty attached to his 30 year old pen plotter since it will draw on 24"x36" paper(he used to be a draftsman), but he wants a new computer. I need to find out if it would be easier to build one from scratch rather than try to find drivers? I'm thinking on something related to the drawbot? He probably won't let me hack the parts from the old one to make a new one, which might make life easier. Unfortunately, I have programming skills limited to "Hello world".
Design constraints: 24" wide paper width (adjustable?) 36" or more length, would be awesome if it was able to use paper rolls (Might need to batch the drawing in sections for this) USB would help Must support multiple passes for colored inks, or else upgrade to 4 pen system