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What is a plotter??

Discussion in 'A+' started by Carl S, Jun 25, 2005.

  1. Carl S

    Carl S New Member

    Hello all, I have just done my very first progress test for my A+, and it gave me a couple of questions that had me confused (not difficult I know). First of all I had to tick output devices from a multiple choice list for PC's (easy enough you would think). However when I finished the test and reviewed my answers it said that a plotter was an output device. Ihave never heard of a plotter - it isnt in the study notes I was supplied with from the college, and Ive not heard it mentioned before - what is a plotter? :hhhmmm
    Also I had to tick all common printer types from a list, one of which was called thermal inkjet. I have only ever heard it called an Inkjet printer before, so assumed that the thermal inkjet was a specialsed version and not a common printer and so I didnt tick it as one. I failed that question too, even though in the colleges study manual its not called a thermal inkjet. I emailed the college to let them know I want that question to be corrected as I feel I got it right.
    Anyway I failed the test by 3% (70% instead of 73%) thanks to that stupid question! So I hope they correct that answer that I gave!!
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  2. tripwire45
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    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

    Google is a wonderful thing. Here's the variious web definitions I came up with for a plotter:


    I went to HP to find out about thermal printers:


    Don't be dismayed at this point. What you learn by missing answers will end up being more important than if you got perfect scores all the time. This forces you to do a little more research and to look outside of your texts for additional answers.
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  3. tripwire45
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    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

    Came up with a better definition of "thermal inkjet"

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  4. Fergal1982

    Fergal1982 Petabyte Poster

    Plotters are usually used by engineers to print out CAD drawings. rather than using a single sheet of paper (ie a4), they use a roll of paper which feeds into the machine. its just another printer basically
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  5. The_Geek

    The_Geek Megabyte Poster

    A plotter can also be a device on which vinyl graphics are cut.
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  6. Robbb_uk

    Robbb_uk Bit Poster

    a plotter is unique in the way it prints. it draws lines continuously like you would with a pencil, moving over the page seemingly randomly, as oppose to the horizontal printing of regular printers. its reallt quite interesting to watch!
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  7. AJ

    AJ Administrator Administrator

    Our Estates Man in the School has an A0 plotter, HP jobby I think.
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  8. Bluerinse
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    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

    I agree with all of the above, but like so many other things the name plotter which originally described a printer that used a series of pens drawing charts and lines etc has evolved over the years and now it is also commonly used to describe large format inkjet or laser printers A0 / A1 size machines.

    If I were your teacher, I would say you flunked this question :twisted:

    Inkjet is exactly that, it sprays a jet of ink onto the paper or other output material. Thermal Inkjets do it with heat but there are better methods nowadays. I have scrapped more thermal inkjet printers because the inkjet mechanism has blocked up than I care to remember. I personally would not class them as reliable.

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