Wednesday, September 7, 2011

It's Broke and I Broke It, My Wacom Tablet Pen

I was taking my laptop to the bedroom so I could work on my photo files, needed to do some clean-up. While carrying it on a tray I had placed my Bamboo pad and pen on the tray too. I thought I had the pen caught between the computer and my left hand. While moving down the hall I heard the sound of something hitting the floor flatly. It was my Bamboo pen. Didn't think anything of it until I got everything hooked up and back on and then I found that the nib end didn't work but the eraser did.

Well this put a somewhat long hold on my file cleaning. I started Googling  eraser end works on my pen only" and I found a how to fix pretty quick. I needed to take the pen apart. Yes it does come apart with some persuasion. I found that it works with two coils that are very small and very very fragile. Wacom should have this in their literature somewhere. Everyone drops a pen or pencil and as you use the Wacom tool you start to feel as if you have a regular pen in you hand, well almost.

The video showed and other postings told how to fix the issue. Super Glue! This is something that I am usually very good at. I have used number 1 (thin) to number 3 (think, a kicker is used to set this one) many times but this time I had to buy some at Ace Hardware but I had no idea as to the viscosity and I ended up with thin.

I put the nib back in to lineup the sleeve and coil. I used a pair of angle needle nose pliers to grip the two pieces as they needed squeezed for thirty sec. I held the pen, actually just he exposed circuit board and coils, over the Bamboo pad and saw the pointer move. As I turned the piece over to check the alignment and gluing I noticed the back side had a gap in it. I tried to squeeze this back together and move the nib. I was afraid the nib had come in contact with the glue. It had and as I tried to pull the nib and save the parts the coil slipped from the needle nose. Bottom line, project was lost. Glue got on the sleeve ends which caused them to become insulated. Pen became useless.

The pen cost....$25 to $30 with no shipping fee online. Wacom's price $30 + shipping $5. I'll be buying it online, Walmart even carries it. I will also do a reply back to Wacom's tech support, where they said they don't repair the pens but would be glad to sell me one, asking them to think about labeling how fragile these pens are.

In this picture you can see how thin the wires are that make up the coil. If I had gotten this to hold I could have done like they do on motors and transformers by laying a thin film of glue on the coil and it would become a very durable pen, forever.

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