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Everyone appreciates the beauty of
caligraphy on stationary or special
invitations, but most people don't have the
time or skill to master it, and simulated
caligraphy fonts from a normal printer
don't have the same depth or precision as
a pen and ink.
By fitting a fountain pen in a robotic
printer that moves in 3 axis, all the
standard strokes of caligraphy could be
reproduced. Swapping out different pens
and brushes would allow different styles
and characters, from Chinese to
cuneiform. The printer could also
reproduce beautiful pen-and-ink
An artist who has experimented with a calligraphic brush in a pen plotter
[DrCurry, Mar 10 2006]
Software and hardware for calligraphy on a pen plotter
This article and others referencing the same product are, alas, from 1991/2, so I suspect you may have trouble finding this now. [DrCurry, Mar 10 2006]
(?) Signature Machine
[DrCurry, Mar 11 2006]
||Um, this is just a good, old-fashioned pen plotter with a caligraphy nib. Is that actually a new idea?
||(I was using pen plotters to draw calligraphy way back when, although not using special nibs. Coupled with computer-generated poems.)
||Margaret Atwood, the author, recently invented a device that allows her to sign books remotely in real time. Smart woman, all around.
||Traditional pen plotters hold the pen vertically; it's either touching the paper or not. Calligraphy requires varying the pressure quite delicately. [+]
||Yes, you would need to vary the pressure
of the pen and its angle to succesfully
reproduce caligraphy. I'm not sure if the
pen plotters shown in the link would work
||While it should be possible to adapt a pen plotter to vary pressure (but not, I think, angle), signature machine technology will do exactly what you need (see link).
||In fact, it could well be all you need to bake this idea.