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 Resources and Links
  3. DrawBot, the Adventure Begins
  4. DrawBot - The Breakdown
  5. DrawBot - Parts Shipped!!!
  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 Delivery, Part IV
  15. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part II
  16. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part III
  17. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part IV
  18. DrawBot – Halp!!! No - seriously, a little help?
  19. DrawBot – The Face Palm
  20. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part V
  21. i find i want to add more posts in some random series, just so i can use my new plugin
  22. My first published WordPress plugin! Simple Series!
  23. This is a test of the Simple Series post system... This is only a test
  24. Now Simple Series will also add the series list to RSS feeds too!
  25. ZOMG! Simple Series is going viral!
  26. DrawBot – The Silver Lining of Failure
  27. Simple Series with SEO! after just one day
  28. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part VI
  29. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part V
  30. Anti-Virals
  31. Simple Series - Half-Life; Market Research
  32. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part VI
  33. DrawBot – Printed Parts
  34. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part VII
  35. DrawBot – The Operation, Part I
  36. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part VIII
  37. DrawBot – The Breakdown, Part II
  38. DrawBot – Printing!
  39. DrawBot – Printing, Part II
  40. DrawBot – Why are you crying?
  41. DrawBot – Calibration
  42. DrawBot – Pen Selection
  43. DrawBot – How to Recover from a Stalled Print!
  44. DrawBot – Drawing Success(ish)!!!
  45. DrawBot – Pen Selection, Part II
  46. DrawBot – Onwards and Upwards!
  47. DrawBot – Another Successful(ish) Drawing!, and an Update
  48. Plugin Considerations
  49. WordPress plugin - OCD Plugin Stats
  50. Restarting a Stalled DrawBot Drawing
  51. TSP FTW!
  52. Speedier DrawBot Drawings
  53. Two new DrawBot links! And an update!
  54. Excellent DrawBot Slides
  55. Another Drawing Robot!!!
  56. DrawBot Practice Tip: A Watched Pot
  57. The biggest inkjet printer ever
  58. Why do DrawBots draw on walls?
  59. Maze Code + Polargraph?
  60. All New Polargraph on the way!!!
  61. Ideas for improving my DrawBot
  62. Every Body Needs a Skull
  63. I think I know what I want to draw next...
  64. This project is not going to overengineer itself
  65. Overengineered Spools
  66. Overengineered Bolt Endcaps, Case Holder
  67. Unidentified Foam Object
  68. Arduino Powered Drawing Robot - Take 2 (Or 3)
  69. DrawBot, now ACTUALLY wall mounted!
  70. Simple Series WordPress Plugin Update
  71. How to add a custom button to the WordPress Visual TinyMCE Editor
  72. A Study of Drawing Robot Pen Holders and Design Considerations
  73. Drawing Robot Pen Holders, Calligraphy Pens, and Thought Experiments
  74. Enough talk! Finally a pen holder!
  75. DrawBot Pen Holder Post Mortem
  76. To Maker Faire!!!
  77. Skipping! How could I forget the skipping?!
  78. Drawing Robot Penmanship
  79. PlotterBot at Maker Faire Bay Area 2013!
  80. 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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