Wanna make a DrawBot?

So, I wanna make a drawbot.  While there are any number of draw-bots and art-bots out there, the kind I would really like to make is the kind that suspends a pen or a pen in a carriage on a wall by two wires or cords that are reeled in and out in order to allow the pen to draw across a large sheet of paper hung on a wall.  The Der Kritzler, in the video below, is an example of the most recently updated of such projects:

Another great reason to point out the Der Kritzler is that it links to so many other similar resources.  The other links below are for similar well documented projects.

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.  Since several of these people have already actually built drawbots, I’m thinking there must be a reason for not using simpler/cheaper methods for construction.

When I conceive of such a device, I think that the kind I would want would not even need a pen lift, since it would draw in a TSP / traveling salesman problem single-line-art format.  The basic common setup is to have two stepper motor, one controlling each string or, as in the case of the Der Kritzler, two toothed belts.  However, why wouldn’t someone just use a reel of fishing line, nylon cord, or whatever that is reeled in and out on a spool that is directly connected to the stepper?

Anyhow, it would seem that the project would require an Arduino, two stepper controllers, two stepper motors, a servo motor if pen lifts are required, string, and a bunch of parts that could be printed such as pulleys, gears, carriages, mounts, etc.  Now the only thing I have to overcome is my total and complete ignorance when it comes to connecting an Arduino to anything and then, you know, programming it.  :)

Sooo…  Is this a project that interests you?  Or is this a project that holds no interest for you, but the idea of helping with a project interests you?  Where should I begin?  (I’m guessing buying an Arduino…)

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 Assembly, Part VIII
  33. DrawBot – The Breakdown, Part II
  34. DrawBot – Printing!
  35. DrawBot – Printing, Part II
  36. DrawBot – Why are you crying?
  37. DrawBot – Calibration
  38. DrawBot – Pen Selection
  39. DrawBot – How to Recover from a Stalled Print!
  40. DrawBot – Drawing Success(ish)!!!
  41. DrawBot – Pen Selection, Part II
  42. DrawBot – Onwards and Upwards!
  43. DrawBot – Another Successful(ish) Drawing!, and an Update
  44. Restarting a Stalled DrawBot Drawing
  45. TSP FTW!
  46. Speedier DrawBot Drawings
  47. Two new DrawBot links! And an update!
  48. Excellent DrawBot Slides
  49. Another Drawing Robot!!!
  50. DrawBot Practice Tip: A Watched Pot
  51. The biggest inkjet printer ever
  52. Why do DrawBots draw on walls?
  53. Maze Code + Polargraph?
  54. All New Polargraph on the way!!!
  55. Ideas for improving my DrawBot
  56. DrawBot Aesthetic Re-Design Ideas
  57. The Eagle Has Landed
  58. Every Body Needs a Skull
  59. I think I know what I want to draw next...
  60. This project is not going to overengineer itself
  61. Overengineered Spools
  62. Overengineered Stepper Motor Mounts, Filament Guides
  63. Overengineered Bolt Endcaps, Case Holder
  64. Sourcing DrawBot Parts
  65. DrawBot - A Tour!
  66. DrawBot - A Preview
  67. Arduino Powered Drawing Robot Poll
  68. Building an Arduino Drawing Robot - On The Cheap
  69. DrawBot - Printed Parts Tour
  70. Unidentified Foam Object
  71. Arduino Powered Drawing Robot - Take 2 (Or 3)
  72. DrawBot, now ACTUALLY wall mounted!
  73. A Study of Drawing Robot Pen Holders and Design Considerations
  74. Drawing Robot Pen Holders, Calligraphy Pens, and Thought Experiments
  75. Ideal Qualities in a Drawing Robot Pen Holder
  76. Enough talk! Finally a pen holder!
  77. DrawBot Pen Holder Post Mortem
  78. To Maker Faire!!!
  79. Skipping! How could I forget the skipping?!
  80. Drawing Robot Penmanship
  81. PlotterBot at Maker Faire Bay Area 2013!
  82. PlotterBot.com - a new site dedicated to drawing robots

11 Responses to “Wanna make a DrawBot?”

  1. Owen says:

    There is a drawbot on Thingiverse that I think John Abella (could have name wrong) did. He made a printed version of someone else’s design. That and an Arduino might be a good beginning point.

  2. MakerBlock says:

    @Owen: I think you’re totally right! John Abella aka JohnA on Thingiverse put together a printable gondola here http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:12557

  3. [...] I placed an order with Adafruit and MakerBot for all the parts I’ll need to build a DrawBot.  The MakerBot order shipped that same day and I just got a confirmation that the Adafruit order [...]

  4. matt venn says:

    check out my polargraph here
    http://www.mattvenn.net/2011/09/19/polargraph-energy-monitoring/

    no instructions yet but will post an instructable soon.

  5. [...] Beaded cord, belts, and filament, oh my! [...]

  6. [...] Posts in the DrawBot Adventure Series ← Wanna make a DrawBot?DrawBot, the Adventure Begins [...]

  7. [...] such as the Drawbot and the Polargraph. I got even more interested earlier this year following MakerBlock’s Drawbot adventures. I was busier at the time tinkering with my Makerbot, but I was also worried about another aspect: [...]

  8. Ellison says:

    Why do it on a wall? Why not a drawing robot that draws on a large piece of paper on the ground? I think you’ll get better results from that.

  9. [...] commenter named Ellison left a deceptively simple question on my first post in this DrawBot series.1 Ellison:  Why do it on a wall? Why not a drawing robot that draws on a large piece of paper on [...]

  10. [...] After you’re done, you may want to check out some of the posts in the series in the links below!  I’d suggest starting here. [...]

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