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 - Parts Shipped!!!
  8. DrawBot - The Plan!
  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 – The Face Palm
  20. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part V
  21. DrawBot – The Silver Lining of Failure
  22. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part VI
  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 Breakdown, Part II
  28. DrawBot – Printing!
  29. DrawBot – Printing, Part II
  30. DrawBot – Why are you crying?
  31. DrawBot – Calibration
  32. DrawBot – Pen Selection
  33. DrawBot – How to Recover from a Stalled Print!
  34. DrawBot – Drawing Success(ish)!!!
  35. DrawBot – Pen Selection, Part II
  36. DrawBot – Onwards and Upwards!
  37. DrawBot – Another Successful(ish) Drawing!, and an Update
  38. Restarting a Stalled DrawBot Drawing
  39. TSP FTW!
  40. Speedier DrawBot Drawings
  41. Two new DrawBot links! And an update!
  42. Excellent DrawBot Slides
  43. DrawBot Practice Tip: A Watched Pot
  44. The biggest inkjet printer ever
  45. Why do DrawBots draw on walls?
  46. Maze Code + Polargraph?
  47. All New Polargraph on the way!!!
  48. The Eagle Has Landed
  49. This project is not going to overengineer itself
  50. Overengineered Spools
  51. Overengineered Stepper Motor Mounts, Filament Guides
  52. Overengineered Bolt Endcaps, Case Holder
  53. DrawBot - A Tour!
  54. DrawBot - A Preview
  55. Arduino Powered Drawing Robot Poll
  56. Building an Arduino Drawing Robot - On The Cheap
  57. DrawBot - Printed Parts Tour
  58. Unidentified Foam Object
  59. Arduino Powered Drawing Robot - Take 2 (Or 3)
  60. DrawBot, now ACTUALLY wall mounted!
  61. A Study of Drawing Robot Pen Holders and Design Considerations
  62. Drawing Robot Pen Holders, Calligraphy Pens, and Thought Experiments
  63. Ideal Qualities in a Drawing Robot Pen Holder
  64. Enough talk! Finally a pen holder!
  65. DrawBot Pen Holder Post Mortem
  66. To Maker Faire!!!
  67. Skipping! How could I forget the skipping?!
  68. Drawing Robot Penmanship
  69. PlotterBot at Maker Faire Bay Area 2013!
  70. 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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