DrawBot – Giant Unicorn?

As you may know, I’ve got a MakerBot Cupcake named “Bender” and a MakerBot Thing-O-Matic named “Flexo“.  There’s really no doubt in my mind I’ll be springing for a Replicator with dual extrusion1  Thankfully, I think there’s a way for me to make use of each of my robots, in its own special way.  I figure I can keep the Cupcake rocking a Unicorn Pen Plotter, use my Automated Build Platform in my Thing-O-Matic for mass production of smaller parts, and put a Replicator to work printing new, wacky, and/or large designs.

But, why am I talking about giant unicorns?!  Sandy Noble, the creator of the Polargraph,2 just posted about how he has created a vector graphics importer for the Polargraph software.  This is some pretty amazing stuff.  The MakerBot Unicorn has several software toolpaths that take vector graphics to GCode for printing through ReplicatorG.  The end result is that a Polargraph rocking a vector graphic importer should be able to draw arbitrary shapes, without the need to draw scribbly bits.

I think it would be particularly awesome to have a DrawBot draw a frame/border and then fill it with a scribbly/pixelated drawing.  Or, perhaps, draw the outline of an object and then fill it in with scribbly/pixelated shadings.

Posts in the DrawBot Adventure Series
  1. Wanna make a DrawBot?
  2. DrawBot Resources and Links
  3. DrawBot, the Adventure Begins
  4. DrawBots for the slow learner
  5. DrawBot - Parts Ordered!!!
  6. DrawBot - The Breakdown
  7. DrawBot - What would you draw?
  8. DrawBot - The Plan!
  9. DrawBot - The Hacks
  10. DrawBot - Giant Unicorn?
  11. DrawBot - The Delivery?
  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 IV
  18. DrawBot – Design Considerations
  19. DrawBot – Halp!!! No - seriously, a little help?
  20. DrawBot – The Face Palm
  21. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part V
  22. DrawBot – The Silver Lining of Failure
  23. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part V
  24. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part VI
  25. DrawBot – Printed Parts
  26. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part VII
  27. DrawBot – The Operation, Part I
  28. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part VIII
  29. DrawBot – The Breakdown, Part II
  30. DrawBot – Printing!
  31. DrawBot – Why are you crying?
  32. DrawBot – Calibration
  33. DrawBot – Pen Selection
  34. DrawBot – How to Recover from a Stalled Print!
  35. DrawBot – Drawing Success(ish)!!!
  36. DrawBot – Pen Selection, Part II
  37. DrawBot – Another Successful(ish) Drawing!, and an Update
  38. Restarting a Stalled DrawBot Drawing
  39. TSP FTW!
  40. Excellent DrawBot Slides
  41. Another Drawing Robot!!!
  42. DrawBot Practice Tip: A Watched Pot
  43. The biggest inkjet printer ever
  44. Why do DrawBots draw on walls?
  45. Maze Code + Polargraph?
  46. All New Polargraph on the way!!!
  47. Ideas for improving my DrawBot
  48. The Eagle Has Landed
  49. Every Body Needs a Skull
  50. I think I know what I want to draw next...
  51. This project is not going to overengineer itself
  52. Overengineered Spools
  53. Overengineered Stepper Motor Mounts, Filament Guides
  54. Overengineered Bolt Endcaps, Case Holder
  55. Sourcing DrawBot Parts
  56. DrawBot - A Tour!
  57. DrawBot - A Preview
  58. Building an Arduino Drawing Robot - On The Cheap
  59. DrawBot - Printed Parts Tour
  60. Unidentified Foam Object
  61. Arduino Powered Drawing Robot - Take 2 (Or 3)
  62. DrawBot, now ACTUALLY wall mounted!
  63. A Study of Drawing Robot Pen Holders and Design Considerations
  64. Drawing Robot Pen Holders, Calligraphy Pens, and Thought Experiments
  65. Ideal Qualities in a Drawing Robot Pen Holder
  66. Enough talk! Finally a pen holder!
  67. DrawBot Pen Holder Post Mortem
  68. To Maker Faire!!!
  69. Skipping! How could I forget the skipping?!
  70. Drawing Robot Penmanship
  71. PlotterBot at Maker Faire Bay Area 2013!
  72. PlotterBot.com - a new site dedicated to drawing robots
  1. Will my extravagance know no bounds?! []
  2. Which is probably the best documented DrawBot on the internet []
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