LP2844 Label Printer Overview
The Zebra LP2844 thermal label printer is a good addition to any electronics lab. It is really easy to print labels for component drawers and projects. It is a 4″ model that can print shipping labels too, great for Ebay. The 203DPI print head is adequate to print labels, although there is some blockiness to them.
I use LaTex to print labels using the geometry package to change the page size. The code for this can be found here.
LaTex Label Template 1.5×0.5in
In this video I teardown the printer to see what is inside. I also go through the installation steps for Linux Mint KDE 17.1. At the end of the video, I do a quick demonstration.
Links to Datasheets
Step-Up/Down/Inverting switching regulator: http://www.onsemi.com/pub_link/Collateral/MC34063A-D.PDF
USB IC: http://www.ti.com/lit/ds/symlink/usbn9603.pdf
RS-232 Transceiver: http://www.st.com/web/en/resource/technical/document/datasheet/CD00001969.pdf
High Performance CPLD: http://www.xilinx.com/support/documentation/data_sheets/ds057.pdf
Full-bridge stepper motor driver: http://www.st.com/web/en/resource/technical/document/datasheet/CD00002293.pdf