Laser engraver from a printer?
I was wondering if it would be possible to create a laser engraver from an old printer?
I want to create it from a printer because it would be a cheap and easy project.
It also gives me the advantage that I don't need to create driver electronics and programming tools for creating the cutting pattern.
It would work just the normal way as a printer works: You create an image, in Paint or something really simple.
You press Print, and then the cutter starts printing the pattern.
I would need a contact or relay or something that closes right at the moment when the laser needs to go On and Off. (The laser I already have, that's not a problem).
Is there any contact inside the printer like that? (perhaps some signal that tells the cartridges when to spray ink and when not to.
The cartridges will also have to be removed, without me getting the "please replace your cartridges" message. (how can I do that?)
It might be a little weird project, but if you think about it, it should be possible!
The cutting process is for engraving plastics, not for really Cutting trough objects.
I also know that the printer won't move backwards, only sideways and forwards, but I want to try it.
Thanks in advance,