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. DrawBots for the slow learner
  4. DrawBot - The Breakdown
  5. DrawBot - What would you draw?
  6. DrawBot - Giant Unicorn?
  7. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part III
  8. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part IV
  9. DrawBot – Design Considerations
  10. A nifty little WordPress plugin...
  11. i find i want to add more posts in some random series, just so i can use my new plugin
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  14. Simple Series - Half-Life; Market Research
  15. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part VI
  16. DrawBot – Printed Parts
  17. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part VII
  18. DrawBot – The Operation, Part I
  19. DrawBot – Printing, Part II
  20. DrawBot – Why are you crying?
  21. DrawBot – Calibration
  22. DrawBot – Pen Selection
  23. DrawBot – How to Recover from a Stalled Print!
  24. DrawBot – Drawing Success(ish)!!!
  25. DrawBot – Pen Selection, Part II
  26. DrawBot – Onwards and Upwards!
  27. DrawBot – Another Successful(ish) Drawing!, and an Update
  28. WordPress plugin - OCD Plugin Stats
  29. Restarting a Stalled DrawBot Drawing
  30. TSP FTW!
  31. Two new DrawBot links! And an update!
  32. Excellent DrawBot Slides
  33. Another Drawing Robot!!!
  34. DrawBot Practice Tip: A Watched Pot
  35. The biggest inkjet printer ever
  36. Why do DrawBots draw on walls?
  37. Maze Code + Polargraph?
  38. The Eagle Has Landed
  39. DrawBot - A Preview
  40. Arduino Powered Drawing Robot Poll
  41. Building an Arduino Drawing Robot - On The Cheap
  42. DrawBot, now ACTUALLY wall mounted!
  43. Simple Series WordPress Plugin Update
  44. How to add a custom button to the WordPress editor
  45. How to add a custom button to the WordPress Visual TinyMCE Editor
  46. A Study of Drawing Robot Pen Holders and Design Considerations
  47. Drawing Robot Pen Holders, Calligraphy Pens, and Thought Experiments
  48. Drawing Robot Penmanship

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  2. Which is probably the best documented DrawBot on the internet []

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