Wire Matrix Print Head Guide Means
Original Publication Date: 1980-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-12
The present structure involves the basic concept of confining a plurality of balls or spheres of substantially the same size in a single level so that the balls cannot shift in either the X, Y or Z directions; i.e., they cannot move, they can merely rotate. Then, the balls may be arranged to define a plurality of fixed channels to which a plurality of wires or rods may be guided. Each of the channels is defined by the intersection of three to ten tangential balls. The resulting channels are fixed in position but offer a minimum of friction to the wire or rod being passed through the channels since the balls are freely rotatable.