On the occasion of the graduation of the second Watson School team, the 1403-N1 printer made its action debut. Under control of the printer controller, the 1403-N1 printed lines 16 characters wide, using two hammer driver cards designed and built by the 1403-N1 team. This achievement represents two years of effort by two teams of Watson School students in collaboration with veterans of IBM Endicott and Lockheed Martin Owego, and Triple ooCities Makerspace.
As of June 2016, additional hammer driver cards have been installed, permitted lines 64 characters wide to be printed.
Precisely two years ago this evening at a candlelight service in Endicott, two wise
men in the East (Don Manning and Jack Westermann) gathered to recommend
to a third wise man in the West (Robert Garner) that an IBM 1403-N1 printer would
be a strategic addition to the IBM 1440 system being refurbished at the Center for
Technology & Innovation in Binghamton, NY
Don Manning verifies fit of replacement idler gear.
Next steps - heat treat idler gear & spare, install bearing, add pointer.