DrawBot – Design Considerations

This post isn’t really so much of an update as it is a way for me to jot down some thoughts about this DrawBot and to keep me occupied. 1 23

  1. Stepper motors mounts
    1. Right now I’m designing some rather mundane stepper motor mounts.  They’re inspired by Ed’s designs, but I’ve written the code myself.  I’ll post the code on Thingiverse once I’ve printed it.  It will output a good looking motor mount, but the design isn’t entirely parametric yet.
  2. Beaded cord, belts, and filament, oh my!
    1. If you check out this Polargraph video, you can see @ 0:22 where Sandy Noble shows a version of his Polargraph operating using two spools winding and unwinding filament.  The versions Sandy was producing for sale used a beaded cord.  The Der Kritzler uses a toothed belt.
    2. There are several downsides to using beaded cord4 or toothed belts.  First, they’re more expensive and slightly more work to obtain than simple mono filament line.  Secondly, they are both bulky.  If you’re using beaded cord or a toothed belt, they’re going to have to dangle off the side of your machine.  This means more moving and swinging parts – which is a whole other problem.
    3. One of the benefits to using a filament line is that you can easily route and redirect the line using pulleys.  This means that you could mount the motors and electronics in close proximity to each other – and then run the filament line through something like an eye bolt or a specially designed5 part.
    4. I don’t know how any of these options would affect the placement and usage of a servo for penlifts.
  3. In a box6
    1. I have this long shallow pine box, at least three feet in length, that may be perfect for this project.  I think I’ll be able to mount the motors, electronics, and just about everything I need entirely inside this box.  If I do, then all I’ll need to do later is mount the box to the wall, plug the USB cable into a computer, plus the power adapter into the wall, and start printing away!  Now, I realize that this implies a totally vertical drawing surface, but I think that is not as much of a problem as it could be.
  4. The Russians used a pencil
    1. Writing on a perfectly vertical surface with a pen can be challenging.  My thought is to create a gondola that has the weight farther back on the gondola – so that it is pushing the pen against the paper.  If the pen were angled down slightly, this might even work a little better.   But, obviously, I’ve never tried any of these variations.  I have to imagine that smarter men than me have considered and discarded these designs.  I have a crappy sketch for this, but I’m really tired and should get some sleep.

To sleep, perchance to dream.  Ay, there’s the rub.

Fear not gentle reader.  If history tells us anything, tomorrow shall bring your RSS feed another deluge of nonsense!

Posts in the DrawBot Adventure Series
  1. DrawBot Resources and Links
  2. DrawBot, the Adventure Begins
  3. DrawBots for the slow learner
  4. DrawBot - Parts Ordered!!!
  5. DrawBot - The Breakdown
  6. DrawBot - What would you draw?
  7. DrawBot - The Plan!
  8. DrawBot - The Hacks
  9. DrawBot - Giant Unicorn?
  10. DrawBot - The Delivery?
  11. DrawBot - The Delivery, Part II
  12. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part III
  13. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part I
  14. DrawBot – The Software, Part I (and an existential conversation)
  15. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part IV
  16. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part II
  17. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part III
  18. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part IV
  19. DrawBot – Design Considerations
  20. DrawBot – The Face Palm
  21. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part V
  22. DrawBot – The Silver Lining of Failure
  23. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part VI
  24. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part V
  25. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part VI
  26. DrawBot – Printed Parts
  27. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part VII
  28. DrawBot – The Operation, Part I
  29. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part VIII
  30. DrawBot – The Breakdown, Part II
  31. DrawBot – Printing!
  32. DrawBot – Printing, Part II
  33. DrawBot – Calibration
  34. DrawBot – Pen Selection
  35. DrawBot – How to Recover from a Stalled Print!
  36. DrawBot – Drawing Success(ish)!!!
  37. DrawBot – Pen Selection, Part II
  38. DrawBot – Onwards and Upwards!
  39. DrawBot – Another Successful(ish) Drawing!, and an Update
  40. Restarting a Stalled DrawBot Drawing
  41. TSP FTW!
  42. Speedier DrawBot Drawings
  43. Two new DrawBot links! And an update!
  44. Excellent DrawBot Slides
  45. Another Drawing Robot!!!
  46. DrawBot Practice Tip: A Watched Pot
  47. The biggest inkjet printer ever
  48. Why do DrawBots draw on walls?
  49. All New Polargraph on the way!!!
  50. Ideas for improving my DrawBot
  51. DrawBot Aesthetic Re-Design Ideas
  52. The Eagle Has Landed
  53. Every Body Needs a Skull
  54. Overengineered Stepper Motor Mounts, Filament Guides
  55. Overengineered Bolt Endcaps, Case Holder
  56. Sourcing DrawBot Parts
  57. DrawBot - A Tour!
  58. DrawBot - A Preview
  59. Arduino Powered Drawing Robot Poll
  60. Building an Arduino Drawing Robot - On The Cheap
  61. DrawBot - Printed Parts Tour
  62. Unidentified Foam Object
  63. Arduino Powered Drawing Robot - Take 2 (Or 3)
  64. DrawBot, now ACTUALLY wall mounted!
  65. A Study of Drawing Robot Pen Holders and Design Considerations
  66. Drawing Robot Pen Holders, Calligraphy Pens, and Thought Experiments
  67. Ideal Qualities in a Drawing Robot Pen Holder
  68. Enough talk! Finally a pen holder!
  69. DrawBot Pen Holder Post Mortem
  70. To Maker Faire!!!
  71. Skipping! How could I forget the skipping?!
  72. Drawing Robot Penmanship
  73. PlotterBot at Maker Faire Bay Area 2013!
  74. PlotterBot.com - a new site dedicated to drawing robots
  1. I don’t feel like working, even though the hour grows late and I will need to get a bunch of things done one way or another. []
  2. And, really making a drawing robot is SO much more productive than what I do on a daily basis. []
  3. I wish I were kidding. []
  4. Either metal or plastic []
  5. Perhaps printed?! []
  6. With a fox! []

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