Why are printers and drivers so complicated? "I want a set of dots with this shade here, please" shouldn't need 200MB of software
Also protocols exist, but no printer made in the last 10 years seems to use them consistently
Never mind 3D printing, we need 2D printing fixed first
@brennen @cypnk I miss my old Epson dot-matrix printer. It came with a manual telling you exactly what bytes to send to make it poke out dots in whatever pattern you like - a nice simple system for graphics where each byte maps to one of 8 pins on the print head, then you do a 8/72" line feed and send another lines worth of dots.
@cypnk @brennen ah, cool! Epson has this manual digitized! Go take a look at programming a printer, complete with some examples in BASIC.
https://files.support.epson.com/pdf/ex800_/ex800_u1.pdf (graphics start on Chapter 6, pdf page 58)
@deutrino i lost a laserjet... II? (III? i forget now) to a breakup about a decade ago that i still think of with great fondness. (the printer, not the relationship.)
it weighed as much as a small refrigerator, but it worked every time without fail and the output was super clean.