How to refurbish plotter pens?

Pete Lancashire pete at
Sat Jan 28 12:00:32 CST 2017


Thank you for bringing sanity before the thread sunk into how to make
fibre or wet ink drafting based pens work again.

Jon you were very very lucky to get that wooden box and its contents
!, There were basic kits and I don't know the original word, but
'super kits'. A super kit sold on eBay not too long ago. I have 90% of
the basic kit. BTW my 565 is also IBM branded. It came off a IBM 1130.

I've never tried using the Fisher pens, but they do show up from time
to time on the usual auction sites. And if someone does discover they
are the same or can be easily adapted you can sometimes find them in
independent owned stationary stores, the type of Ma+Pop store where
nothing gets thrown out, just moved to the basement.

I have the 565 on the list of things to build a more modern interface
for. And a good example is a Omega2+, there should be more
then enough room to have a simple HPGL emulator.


On Sat, Jan 28, 2017 at 9:44 AM, Bob Rosenbloom <bobalan at> wrote:
> On 1/28/2017 6:51 AM, Mattis Lind wrote:
>> I am about to get our IBM1627 (rebranded Calcomp 565) going but the pens
>> in
>> the case is quite dry. What is the best method to refurbish those? What is
>> the best solvent to get the old ink out? What ink to refill with?
> This may not be so easy to do. The original pens that came with my 565 were
> pressurized.
> It might be possible to use a Fisher Space Pen cartridge. I believe they
> made replacements for the Calcomp.
> Bob
> --
> Vintage computers and electronics

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