The 1403-N1 printer was developed for the IBM System/360 in the early 1960s. It printed camera-ready pages at 1100 lines per minute, with very legible carbon copies. Customers included the Atomic Energy Commission, who could print top secret publications in house, without risking information leaks. TechWorks! 1403-N1 printer was donated by Robert Garner. A team of IBM printer group engineers, Triple Cities MakerSpace members, and Binghamton University Watson School of Engineering seniors in 2013/14 and 2014/15 designed, built, and programmed a Printer Controller device to operate the 1403-N1. The machine made its Action Debut on May 16, 2015, printing lines 16 characters wide. Dr. Emerson Pugh, past president of IEEE, presented the keynote speech on the occasion.

1403-N1 Printer Project Reports

   Watson School TeamI - 2013-2014      December 2013       May 2014

   Watson School Team II - 2014-2015      December 2014       May 2015     User's Guide

   Southern Tier PC Club Presentation by Art Law, March 2015

Team Members

  • Eric Adler
  • Bob Arnold
  • Don Blake
  • Peter Haviland
  • Nick Hekman
  • Mohammed Imran
  • Ryan Kulesza
  • Art Law
  • Bob Lusch
  • Don Manning
  • Jack Maynard
  • Tom Schappe
  • Jim Ulrich
  • Yuchao Wang
  • John Wiseman
  • Dave Woodward
  • Alena Yampolskaya

Status

 1403-N1 Printer Revitalization honored by Computer Conservation Society-UK London, 17 Nov 2016

The TechWorks! team that brought to life a high-speed printer from the IBM System/360 era will present at the first international "Making IT Work" conference, sponsored by the UK Computer Conservation Society (London) and The National Museum of Computing (Bletchley Park), May 2017.  Their work was recognized by the 2016 Tony Sale Award Committee - "This outstanding project was nominated runner-up in a closely fought competition."

To celebrate, the team has created holiday "banner prints" on green-bar paper - including standard and custom texts for holiday giving. Get your print as a thank-you for making a donation - either Giving Tuesday, 29 Nov 2016, or anytime by clicking here.

Sample Banner PRints -- Top: one of several standard Printouts; Bottom: one of several custom printouts - No limit to # characters inserted between Quotes ' ' CLick Here for Details

Sample Banner PRints -- Top: one of several standard Printouts; Bottom: one of several custom printouts - No limit to # characters inserted between Quotes ' ' CLick Here for Details