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.

  1. Wanna make a DrawBot?
  2. DrawBot, the Adventure Begins
  3. DrawBot - The Plan!
  4. DrawBot - Giant Unicorn?
  5. DrawBot - The Delivery?
  6. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part III
  7. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part IV
  8. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part II
  9. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part III
  10. i find i want to add more posts in some random series, just so i can use my new plugin
  11. This is a test of the Simple Series post system... This is only a test
  12. Now Simple Series will also add the series list to RSS feeds too!
  13. ZOMG! Simple Series is going viral!
  14. DrawBot – The Silver Lining of Failure
  15. DrawBot – The Operation, Part I
  16. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part VIII
  17. DrawBot – The Breakdown, Part II
  18. DrawBot – Printing!
  19. DrawBot – Calibration
  20. DrawBot – Pen Selection
  21. DrawBot – Drawing Success(ish)!!!
  22. DrawBot – Onwards and Upwards!
  23. DrawBot – Another Successful(ish) Drawing!, and an Update
  24. Plugin Considerations
  25. WordPress plugin - OCD Plugin Stats
  26. TSP FTW!
  27. Two new DrawBot links! And an update!
  28. Excellent DrawBot Slides
  29. Another Drawing Robot!!!
  30. The biggest inkjet printer ever
  31. Maze Code + Polargraph?
  32. Every Body Needs a Skull
  33. I think I know what I want to draw next...
  34. This project is not going to overengineer itself
  35. Building an Arduino Drawing Robot - On The Cheap
  36. DrawBot - Printed Parts Tour
  37. How to add a custom button to the WordPress Visual TinyMCE Editor
  38. A Study of Drawing Robot Pen Holders and Design Considerations
  39. Drawing Robot Pen Holders, Calligraphy Pens, and Thought Experiments
  40. Ideal Qualities in a Drawing Robot Pen Holder
  41. Enough talk! Finally a pen holder!
  42. DrawBot Pen Holder Post Mortem

  1. Will my extravagance know no bounds?! []
  2. Which is probably the best documented DrawBot on the internet []

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