The amazing steampunked "Ticker Machine"

Hi everybody!

A couple of month ago I build Dr. Brain .
Dr. Brain is able to listen, to see and to talk.
But he is not bale to write.
So I build the amazing "Ticker Machine" for Dr. Brain and other calculating devices with
a seriell interface.

It is easy to build the parts are easy to get.
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Step 1: Parts and materials

You need:

a thermo printer (this is operated by 24V and has a serial interface you can buy this on ebay)
a wooden plate or something similar
a glas dome hat fits on the plate 
a box or a paper tube for the stand
some stain
some pieces of beach wood fpr the paper holder
some brass parts, screws, nuts and gears.

And don´t forget to "glue some gears on it"  ;-)

Step 2: Build the printer stand

First I cut the paper out slot and drilled the holes for mounting the printer to the top and the electronics to the bottom of the plate.
This quite a bit tricky because I like to have the printer visible. So I have to build something that guides the paper from the printer through the glass dome to outlet.
I used some thin wood and bend it a bit then I glued it to the wooden plate as shown on picture 5.

Step 3: Building the paper holder and the stand

The paper holder was build from beach wood.
I used the original holder for the paper roll as a part of the holder to make it easier adjust the right distance between the holders.
Than it was mounted and adjusted behind the printer.
Some gears to make it a bit more "mechanical".
Than I glued the plate to stained paper tube.
The Paper tube was glued to the base stand as well.
I attached four brass feet to the base stand.
The base stand is open on the bottom, so it it possible to connect the 24V Power supply and serial cable to the printer.
The small glas tube on the front indicates "power on" and was made from an old water gauge.
noahh1 year ago
What a fantastic idea! I might just have to make one of these. Thanks for the idea!
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I am really proud about it :-)
Thanks a lot!
I visit Hack-A Day several times a day,
mainly for inspiration...
I'm actually surprised at the number of people from here,
I see on there...
Anyways, wasn't one of your other 'Ibles feature before on Hack -a - Day?
Also be careful with that digital painting!
badjer11 year ago
Nicely done and a very cool re-invention of a teletype. a hardcopy of an email coming through is so cool.
You never cease to amaze Mr. Steam! More steampunk genius! I'd love to see a video of Dr. Brain “talking” to the ticker;-) 5 stars, since that's all I can give, plus a vote in the laser challenge.
you never cease to amaze me bro. five stars though i would've given you 23 stars. after that message i encourage you to make more like this.
Horatius.Steam (author)  gadgetnerd33731 year ago
Thank you very, very much :-)
XTL1 year ago
Where do you get Glass domes this big ?
Horatius.Steam (author)  XTL1 year ago
Good Morning,

I bought it from Selva:

And here is the direct link to the domes: CLICK   you can also buy a wooden stand for the dome No. VI.

I used the dome No. VI for the printer.

With kind regards,

Horatius Steam
meanpc1 year ago
Great style, I love it!
billbillt1 year ago
5 STARS!!!!....
martiro71 year ago
Completely awesome to have the autoprint emails come out! I have seen other instuctables that pick up tweets and other incoming messages.. Heck, if people still used faxes, that would be funny, too (except for the junk faxes advertising discount travel).
Horatius.Steam (author)  martiro71 year ago
We are using this in RPG´s to guide the players and give them hints and messages.

With kind regards,

H. Steam
octochan1 year ago
AHHH! I'm getting ir/rational Redux flashbacks!

try playing this game:
Junophor1 year ago
Dear Sir Horatius.Steam

Once again an absolutely crazy object!!!"

Five stars worth and given ;-)))))

Yours Aeon Junophor
Kiteman1 year ago
I hope you've entered this into the laser contest?
Horatius.Steam (author)  Kiteman1 year ago
Nop, there is no laser inside....

Horatius.Steam (author)  Horatius.Steam1 year ago
Sorry, this was a misunderstanding by me. Thank you for the advise.
I just entered it. :-)
Luxurio1 year ago