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Shuttle Printer With Interchangeable Dot-Producing Elements

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000058376D
Original Publication Date: 1988-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-15

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Brown, DS Patterson, WA Wooden, JR [+details]

Abstract

This invention relates to a shuttle matrix printer, having dot-producing elements mounted on a replaceable member. This arrangement allows a customer to choose several different dot sizes and to quickly insert the replaceable member containing the dot-producing elements that will produce the selected print type. Referring to the figure, a print assembly 1 for an impact printer is shown. Printer assembly 1 comprises a shuttle hammer actuator assembly 2 and a spring beam assembly 3. Shuttle hammer actuator assembly 2 includes a plurality of actuators 4 and a plurality of beams 5. Spring beam assembly 3 includes a body portion 6 and a plurality of spaced apart finger portions 7, each having a dot-producing element 8 on the end remote from body portion 6.