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 Software, Part I (and an existential conversation)
  16. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part IV
  17. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part II
  18. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part III
  19. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part IV
  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 Assembly, Part VIII
  31. DrawBot – The Breakdown, Part II
  32. DrawBot – Printing!
  33. DrawBot – Printing, Part II
  34. DrawBot – Calibration
  35. DrawBot – Pen Selection
  36. DrawBot – How to Recover from a Stalled Print!
  37. DrawBot – Drawing Success(ish)!!!
  38. DrawBot – Pen Selection, Part II
  39. DrawBot – Onwards and Upwards!
  40. DrawBot – Another Successful(ish) Drawing!, and an Update
  41. Restarting a Stalled DrawBot Drawing
  42. TSP FTW!
  43. Speedier DrawBot Drawings
  44. Two new DrawBot links! And an update!
  45. Excellent DrawBot Slides
  46. Another Drawing Robot!!!
  47. DrawBot Practice Tip: A Watched Pot
  48. The biggest inkjet printer ever
  49. Why do DrawBots draw on walls?
  50. Maze Code + Polargraph?
  51. All New Polargraph on the way!!!
  52. Ideas for improving my DrawBot
  53. DrawBot Aesthetic Re-Design Ideas
  54. The Eagle Has Landed
  55. Every Body Needs a Skull
  56. This project is not going to overengineer itself
  57. Overengineered Spools
  58. Overengineered Stepper Motor Mounts, Filament Guides
  59. Overengineered Bolt Endcaps, Case Holder
  60. Sourcing DrawBot Parts
  61. DrawBot - A Tour!
  62. DrawBot - A Preview
  63. Arduino Powered Drawing Robot Poll
  64. Building an Arduino Drawing Robot - On The Cheap
  65. DrawBot - Printed Parts Tour
  66. Unidentified Foam Object
  67. Arduino Powered Drawing Robot - Take 2 (Or 3)
  68. DrawBot, now ACTUALLY wall mounted!
  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. 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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