Picture of Printer from a CD reader
This is an easy printer made from parts of a cd reader.
It prints using a regular marker of any color.
Maybe it doesn't have a great resolution but this is a project that I really wanted to do.

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
The most important is the cd reader, also a dvd reader will work.
Try to find one with a bipolar motor for the laser, mine used a regular dc motor and I changed it later for a stepper motor.
Also you will need another stepper motor with a rubber wheel and a wooden base.
Electronic stuff is detailed in other step.
1-40 of 59Next »
andsen9424 months ago

Hey! Love the project and getting ready to order some parts. What parts did you use to create the power for this thing? Thanks!

nbáscones4 months ago
hola bruno.

gran trabajo !! me gustaría hacer este instructable pero los cd que tengo tienen motores dc regulares con encoder magnético. el cable tiene 6 contactos ¿conoces como se pueden conectar a arduino para operar con esos motores?

muchas gracias!

hi bro can u send me a detailed circuit diagram at my e mail snehilsourabh17@gmail.com i will be very thankful to u

arcomp11 months ago


rramesh111 months ago

can u make an instructable on making a dot matrix printer using parallel ports

Robson Couto made it!11 months ago

Thank you for the idea, you're creative!

AndyGadget2 years ago
I've only just seen this - Absolutely Brilliant!
I was involved with designing dot-matrix printers way back in the 'eighties - Our fastest one did 320 characters per second but had nowhere near the appeal and style of yours.
babu14232 years ago
how do u connect the circuit to the computer to upload the program and the image? awsome project man .
Can u give me a link to the full circuit diagram i don't know where to connect the switches and the marker motor.
kevinmaru283 years ago
can u plz upload a video showing connections of your printer to PC
kevinmaru283 years ago
If I want to write some other text so i need to change code
lyakunina3 years ago
Awesome project!! Just one question.
"The three switches in the image are to used in the final project". What for?
brunoip (author)  lyakunina3 years ago
While debbugging that switches were for moving the paper or the pen or something like that. Now in the last program they are meaningless. Sorry for the late reply
aigotinsane3 years ago
looks like we just got a new definition to printers anyways its awesome and im amazed
kivster4 years ago
Can I buy one
brunoip (author)  kivster4 years ago
you can make one
Blake19954 years ago
could you tell me the names of all the components and connections you used please. And also how did you connect it to the computer.
brunoip (author)  Blake19954 years ago
You connect it to the computer when you load the program into the pic
I just remembered that but now I feel stupid :( lol
could you tell me were you got the chip marked 1293. Thanks in advanced.

It is L293.
It's a very common integrated used for get highs currents (up to 900mA), since a microcontroller usually has about 20 mA as maximum current output.

thanks for the help
brunoip (author)  bananacocodrilo4 years ago
I think 900 mA is the maximun current that you can handle with that ic.
babu14234 years ago
can you tell me all the name of the part's because i just started making robot's so i don't know what the symbols mean?
If you don't know what the symbols in the schematics mean, you need to learn basic circuitry first, buddy.
ms104 years ago
cool i liked .great project i would like to make one
babu14234 years ago
what do you do after you download the pic sumlator ide
tsusanto4 years ago
babu14234 years ago
can we use java script
babu14234 years ago
which motor did you use ? this one .
babu14234 years ago
which motor did you use ?this one.
babu14234 years ago
how big is the rectangle cut out?

R.A.T.M4 years ago
bender omg
Hugu4 years ago
Great project! congrats!!

Look, I and my team, we were interested in producing your circuit board and put in ower webshop with a link redirected to this instructable, because your project is a good project for others to make too!

Our webloja is this: www.g7electronica.net and if you send us the schematic by email (comercialg7@gmail.com) and if you authorize us make pcb of your circuit, we were very grateful!

By the way, if you want pcb's semi-professional, but with good quality and affordable for your circuits, you can also contact us! ;)
Kiteman4 years ago
It just occurred to me - if you used the thermal paper from some till machines, you could use the laser from the drive to plot your images instead of the pen, and you could call it a laser printer!
aessam14 years ago
only i can say
YoU aRe CrEaTiVe
mymixed4 years ago
Great job getting in the microcontroller contest!
antoman114 years ago
Megaman, TwoFace, The Batman, Yoda, Clone Trooper, Bender, AWESOME
Aaamazzara4 years ago
This project looked so easy but i really dont know how to build this circuit board :(
I want to build this so badly
gzaloprgm4 years ago
Really nice and simple... I wonder what limits the resolution and speed of it? Amount of gear tooths?
1-40 of 59Next »