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any one know how to built a printer for my office... its a 4" by 8" 3 copies... so i like to use a daisy wheel..



I am not sure I understand what is asked for. A printer from scratch parts? What does "3 copies" refer to? 4X8 is more like a cubicle, isn't it?

I read 4 inch by 8 inch... Hmmm... If you need to print 3 layers, you want a dot-matrix printer. While they're pretty hard to come by these days, you should be able to find them at rummage sales or surplus stores. I have a couple in my garage. I wouldn't know where to find new ribbons, but if they're cloth ribbons, I could tell you how to re-ink them.

4 x 8 inch, yeah, you're right....it is late and I should get off the computer LOL* sorry.

I think I may even have an old epson dot matrix somewhere, but I can't use it unless I can find the printer to plotter converter plans I had at one time.

Well, I don't know if I was of much help, but you are welcome.

well thank you. Do you think a ink jet printer will print the 3 paper? i use it, but it print only the 1st. paper..

Not ink-jet. Dot matrix. It uses (usually 9) hammers to transfer ink from a ribbon to the top sheet. The hammers are sufficient to penetrate 3 layer forms.

Ah.. So i will find a Dot matrix printer... Next Problem.. How can i put the paper in the printer... Sorry I not include the paper is 4" by 8" (3 copies But it 50 sheet so 150 pieces.) THANK YOU VERY MUCH..

Do your forms have track edges (perforated edges with holes)? If so, most dot matrix printers are designed for them. It takes a little practice to learn the right point to adjust the paper so everything lines up. After a bit, it becomes almost second nature.

3 copies ...means 3 paper.. 1 for original 1 for duplicate 1 for audit

To make 3 copies, 3 clean copies, you might need some impact (old impact printers I have used in the past, could make up to 4 clean copies, with a 5th or 6th copy that was "readable"). Other then printing it 3 times, that is. Do they still make "carbon" paper for in between the copies? I haven't even seen any "carbonless" copy paper for eons.

Pretty small office!

Sorry sir.. Well we are not small.. were only LOW TECH... We use ball pen and not printer.. But THANK YOU..

I was playing on your use of English. Not really trying to be offensive. Sorry. I assume that you meant the document is 4" x 8" and 3 layers. A daisy wheel would also work, but would be even harder to find and maintain.

This is the paper look like.. How can i put it in the printer?


Not easily. You would have to remove all three sheets and feed them together using the friction feed of the platen. Your source of the forms may offer them in track-feed printer format.

THANK you man... My friend tell me also that.. But is there anything i can do..not to remove the three sheet

As it turns out, many dot-matrix impact printers are still manufactured! Check out Epson's POS (Point Of Sale) site. It appears they do have some printers that may work perfectly for your purpose. While they may not be able to print with the forms in the book, some allow feeding the forms from the top and even will hang on the wall!

THANK YOU MAN.. For helping me to find a printer..