DrawBot Resources and Links

I’ve moved the latest updated version of this post to my website dedicated to “v-plotter” drawing robots.  Check it out!


As I’m gathering the parts and the courage to build my own Drawbot, I’m keeping track of the various resources I’m using.  Since I’ll be documenting my success1 here, it would be nice to have the online resources I’m using organized in one place.  To this end, and in furtherance of this goal, and without further ado, I bring you an ever growing list of resources.2

Verbosely yours,



  • 2013/04/01:  Link to Vertical Plotter on Arduino.cc, DrawBug by Tinkerdays, Whiteboard plotter, and Giant Printer
  • 2013/02/14:  Link to Erik the WallPlotter.
  • 2013/01/25:  Link to Gontarcyyk.org
  • 2012/08/27:  Link to Stuart Childs’ DRBO Polargraph
  • 2012/08/15:  Link to Michael Cooks’ Polargraph build at Foobarsoft.com
  • 2012/06/27: Link to Drawing Machine (Thanks LineKernel!)
  • 2012/04/19:  Link to Facebook Wall Robot
  • 2012/04/16:  Link to Norwegian Creations’ Drawing Machine
  • 2012/04/10:  Link to SmoothOctopus and Dan Royer’s Drawbot! (Thanks Dan!)
  • 2012/03/26:  Link to GarabatoBOT
  • 2012/03/18:  Link to Dealywhopper’s Mr. Scratchy
  • 2012/02/16:  Added links to John Cliff’s “Ugly Cousin” DrawBot
  • 2012/02/12: Added link to Viktor
  • 2012/01/30: Added Lanthan’s printable Krizlerbot Polargraph gondola
  • 2012/01/27:  Added more info about James Provost’s InternBot and several other DrawBots
  • 2012/01/19:  Updated to include link to Matthew Venn’s energy monitoring Polargraph
  • 2012/01/09:  Updated to include link to Matt Met’s Whiteboard drawbot!  Thanks for the link Matt!


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 - What would you draw?
  9. DrawBot - The Plan!
  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 – Design Considerations
  20. DrawBot – Halp!!! No - seriously, a little help?
  21. DrawBot – The Face Palm
  22. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part V
  23. DrawBot – The Silver Lining of Failure
  24. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part VI
  25. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part V
  26. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part VI
  27. DrawBot – Printed Parts
  28. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part VII
  29. DrawBot – The Operation, Part I
  30. DrawBot – The Breakdown, Part II
  31. DrawBot – Printing!
  32. DrawBot – Printing, Part II
  33. DrawBot – Why are you crying?
  34. DrawBot – Pen Selection
  35. DrawBot – How to Recover from a Stalled Print!
  36. DrawBot – Drawing Success(ish)!!!
  37. DrawBot – Pen Selection, Part II
  38. DrawBot – Onwards and Upwards!
  39. DrawBot – Another Successful(ish) Drawing!, and an Update
  40. Restarting a Stalled DrawBot Drawing
  41. TSP FTW!
  42. Speedier DrawBot Drawings
  43. Two new DrawBot links! And an update!
  44. Excellent DrawBot Slides
  45. Another Drawing Robot!!!
  46. DrawBot Practice Tip: A Watched Pot
  47. The biggest inkjet printer ever
  48. Why do DrawBots draw on walls?
  49. All New Polargraph on the way!!!
  50. Ideas for improving my DrawBot
  51. DrawBot Aesthetic Re-Design Ideas
  52. The Eagle Has Landed
  53. Every Body Needs a Skull
  54. I think I know what I want to draw next...
  55. This project is not going to overengineer itself
  56. Overengineered Spools
  57. Overengineered Stepper Motor Mounts, Filament Guides
  58. Overengineered Bolt Endcaps, Case Holder
  59. Sourcing DrawBot Parts
  60. DrawBot - A Tour!
  61. DrawBot - A Preview
  62. Arduino Powered Drawing Robot Poll
  63. Building an Arduino Drawing Robot - On The Cheap
  64. DrawBot - Printed Parts Tour
  65. Unidentified Foam Object
  66. Arduino Powered Drawing Robot - Take 2 (Or 3)
  67. DrawBot, now ACTUALLY wall mounted!
  68. A Study of Drawing Robot Pen Holders and Design Considerations
  69. Drawing Robot Pen Holders, Calligraphy Pens, and Thought Experiments
  70. Ideal Qualities in a Drawing Robot Pen Holder
  71. Enough talk! Finally a pen holder!
  72. DrawBot Pen Holder Post Mortem
  73. To Maker Faire!!!
  74. Skipping! How could I forget the skipping?!
  75. Drawing Robot Penmanship
  76. PlotterBot at Maker Faire Bay Area 2013!
  77. PlotterBot.com - a new site dedicated to drawing robots
  1. Or, alternatively, EPIC failures []
  2. Some of which were borrowed from Sandy Noble‘s site []
  3. Instructions for Adafruit motor shield assembly []
  4. Includes parts list! []
  5. The Make Magazine contest ended 3/3/2011 []
  6. The last one is just a graffiti/painter robot that paints on far off walls by shooting a paintball gun at the surface.  It’s really quite awesome. []

12 Responses to “DrawBot Resources and Links”

  1. […] DrawBot Resources and Links (This will be updated as new resources are found) […]

  2. […] the last year of which I’m kind of proud.  While all the actual innovation credit must go to Sandy Noble and others, I like to think that my little drawing robot is uniquely mine.  It would be a lot of fun to put […]

  3. […] I was just poking around looking at other drawbots and came across this awesome complete list of drawing robot prior art. […]

  4. Dan says:

    Hi! I have another for you.
    Open source, runs gcode, Java GUI.

  5. […] to Dan Royer, I’ve added two new links to my really huge list of DrawBots.  That brings the total to 28 drawing robots! 1  That’s a really incredible number of […]

  6. […] added another link to the really huge list of drawing robots for a Facebook Wall […]

  7. […] post1 it’s more than 80 posts on the topic. ((Photo courtesy of Vox Efx)) Everything from a list of other robots, to where I sourced the parts, to my failed attempts at designing parts, and a lot more posts about […]

  8. Gilad says:

    Found your site after searching for wall drawing robots IOIO based (http://www.keerbot.com/ioio-micro-controller-plotter/ ) I am doing a similar project – but my configuration is different – I have the motors on the moving platform
    See http://www.KeerBot.com.

  9. Joe Dunfee says:

    I would like to make a Tinkerbell character in the play “Peter Pan” to perform on a full size stage. It would be an area perhaps 50ft wide x 20ft tall. I picture a design similar to the Drawbot, but with a battery powered ball of LED’s located where the pen would be. I imagine the character would need to travel up to 10 feet per second.

    Because of the size and speed of my concept, I imagine there are number of considerations that I have not thought of yet. So, I would love to talk with someone who has done something at this scale. Can you recommend someone? All of the links I have tried so far on your list have been smaller ones, or large ones that move relatively slowly.

    Thank You

  10. MakerBlock says:

    @Joe Dunfee: What you’re describing is completely feasible. A large drawbot setup, holding a bright LED ball with a battery in it, could be driven all around a stage as large as you’ve described. I’m guessing you wouldn’t need the accuracy that would come from a slower smaller setup, so you could run it pretty fast. The only downside to using a setup like mine is that it would only be able to move in a single plane.

    I know Dan Royer had built a double-drawbot which used four wires to control the movement of an object in three dimensional space. I don’t see he’s selling these any more, but he could probably put together a kit. He’s a really nice guy, so if you reach out to him I’m sure he’ll point you in the right direction.

    That said, it would be AWESOME to use a quadcopter for this.

  11. Joe Dunfee says:

    Thanks for the recommendation to contact Dan Royer, I will follow up on that after the Maker Fair in New York.

    I hadn’t thought of a quad copter. But, though noise they make is not attractive for theater. What will really kill the idea, is the issue of having to perform near human beings. And while there are some copters that are kid-safe, I don’t think I can control it reliably enough without a system like what CMU uses for all their stuff. Getting a copter tangled in an actress’s hair would be a show-stopper.

    Yes, the single plane of the ArtBot may be a limitation, but typically there are other things that compete for space in a theater anyway. Painted scenery that must be lowered down from above, don’t permit cords to cross from up to down stage (i.e. from the front of the stage to the back). Still, I may need something for Tinkerbell to lead the kids out the window. I may simply make a duplicate Tinkerbell that does that particular flight on a single thread that gets taken down after the flight.

    My main concern is about the task of reeling-out something that doesn’t have a lot of weight on it. I imagine that any spool of cord will tend to loosen itself into a tangled mess if you exceed a certain speed. I have seen some artbots that don’t take the cord up on a spool, but rather the cord goes over a pulley to a weight. This both reduces the weight the stepper motor has to lift, and perhaps prevents the spool from tangling.

  12. MakerBlock says:

    @Joe Dunfee: Yeah, the downside of using a double-drawbot is that you would need a LOT of wire hanging from all around the stage – and it would likely interfere with the actors and stage. My drawbot which was built on an Arduino Uno and Adafruit Motor Shield was significantly slower than the one I built using Sandy Noble’s Polargraph SD shield. If you want consistency and speed, I can’t recommend his parts highly enough. As for the weight issue – my PlotterBot isn’t very heavy at all. It’s a piece of printed plastic with a pen, a servo motor, and two AA batteries hot glued to it just for weight. I think as long as you have enough weight on the line to make sure it’s reasonably taut, you should be fine.