DrawBot – What would you draw?

If you’re just tuning in, I’m going to be building a DrawBot.  Or, in the alternative, I intend to fail as spectacularly as I can.

However, it occurs to me that I need not be constrained by just my ideas of what a drawing robot should draw.  Admittedly, several of my anticipated print jobs are going to take a while since my daughter already has a stack of drawings she wants a drawing robot to replicate.  Here are the things I’m thinking about drawing:

So, if you had a drawing robot that could create sketches of arbitrary size, what would you draw?

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 Hacks
  11. DrawBot - Giant Unicorn?
  12. DrawBot - The Delivery?
  13. DrawBot - The Delivery, Part II
  14. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part III
  15. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part I
  16. DrawBot – The Software, Part I (and an existential conversation)
  17. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part IV
  18. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part II
  19. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part III
  20. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part IV
  21. DrawBot – Design Considerations
  22. DrawBot – Halp!!! No - seriously, a little help?
  23. DrawBot – The Face Palm
  24. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part V
  25. DrawBot – The Silver Lining of Failure
  26. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part VI
  27. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part V
  28. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part VI
  29. DrawBot – Printed Parts
  30. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part VII
  31. DrawBot – The Operation, Part I
  32. DrawBot – The Breakdown, Part II
  33. DrawBot – Printing!
  34. DrawBot – Printing, Part II
  35. DrawBot – Why are you crying?
  36. DrawBot – Calibration
  37. DrawBot – Pen Selection
  38. DrawBot – How to Recover from a Stalled Print!
  39. DrawBot – Drawing Success(ish)!!!
  40. DrawBot – Pen Selection, Part II
  41. DrawBot – Onwards and Upwards!
  42. DrawBot – Another Successful(ish) Drawing!, and an Update
  43. Restarting a Stalled DrawBot Drawing
  44. Speedier DrawBot Drawings
  45. Two new DrawBot links! And an update!
  46. Excellent DrawBot Slides
  47. Another Drawing Robot!!!
  48. DrawBot Practice Tip: A Watched Pot
  49. The biggest inkjet printer ever
  50. Maze Code + Polargraph?
  51. All New Polargraph on the way!!!
  52. Ideas for improving my DrawBot
  53. DrawBot Aesthetic Re-Design Ideas
  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. Sourcing DrawBot Parts
  59. DrawBot - A Tour!
  60. DrawBot - A Preview
  61. Arduino Powered Drawing Robot Poll
  62. Building an Arduino Drawing Robot - On The Cheap
  63. DrawBot - Printed Parts Tour
  64. Arduino Powered Drawing Robot - Take 2 (Or 3)
  65. DrawBot, now ACTUALLY wall mounted!
  66. A Study of Drawing Robot Pen Holders and Design Considerations
  67. Drawing Robot Pen Holders, Calligraphy Pens, and Thought Experiments
  68. Ideal Qualities in a Drawing Robot Pen Holder
  69. Enough talk! Finally a pen holder!
  70. DrawBot Pen Holder Post Mortem
  71. To Maker Faire!!!
  72. Skipping! How could I forget the skipping?!
  73. Drawing Robot Penmanship
  74. PlotterBot at Maker Faire Bay Area 2013!
  75. PlotterBot.com - a new site dedicated to drawing robots
  1. I’m kidding []
  2. The reason I’m kidding is that a Polargraph tends to create a sketchy sort of design – so trying to replicate a Pollock painting would be an exercise in abstracting abstractness. []

3 Responses to “DrawBot – What would you draw?”

  1. kongorilla says:

    1. You will not fail.

    2. Part of the fun is figuring out what makes for a great polargraph drawing and what doesn’t (or, at least, what is challenging). Personally, I’m surprised how much this process has been about practice and experimentation. It’s not just hitting “print” and watching it go. It’s a mixture of craft, art and science.

    3. It’s really hard to beat a large portrait. I’ve done a number of different subjects now, but giving someone a portrait of their child’s face is an easy home run. We might have to outlaw it – it’s just too easy.

    Regarding an earlier post, don’t worry about editing code. You’ll just enter a few parameters in a config file, just like you would for a reprap. Easy peasy. (Unless you’re planning something I don’t know about).

  2. MakerBlock says:

    @Kongorilla: Thank you for your words of encouragement! I’m guessing that what you mean by #2 is that there’s a certain amount of experience and preference that goes into selecting the settings to print something in particular. In any case, I’m very much looking forward to experimenting with this!

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