How Does a Plotter Work? - 05-11-2015

  • A plotter is a graphics printer that uses a pen or pencil to draw images. Plotters differ from printers in that plotters use continuous lines to create images while printers use a collection of dots. Like printers, plotters are connected to computers and are used to produce complex images and text. However, plotters are much slower than printers because of the mechanical motion necessary to draw detailed graphics using continuous lines. Architects and product designers use plotters for technical drawings and computer-aided design purposes since plotters have the ability to create large images on oversized sheets of paper. Additionally, many garment and sign manufacturers use cutting plotters in which the plotter's pen is replaced with a sharp razorblade.

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