DrawBot – Calibration

Polargraph Calibration by Sandy Noble

Polargraph Calibration by Sandy Noble

Calibrating my DrawBot was apparently important to its operation.  Who knew?!  If you’re following along at home, you’ll definitely want to check out Sandy Noble’s instructible on Polargraph calibration.  I’ll put my settings here, but they probably won’t be that helpful to you unless you’re using the same exact equipment and hardware as I am.

  • Setup->MM per Rev = 50
    • Based on the actual spool center diameter, this should be 47.  But, with some line wound onto the spool, it should be more like 54.  So, of course, I chose something that was neither.
  • Setup->Steps Per Rev = 400
  • Setup->Machine Width = 844
    • Although the “Machine Width” is defined by Sandy as “The distance between the two closest points on the sprockets,” I used a different figure.1  Since my machine uses spools, rather than sprockets, and the spools are unwound on the far side of the spool, I measured from the far edge of the spool’s core the the other far edge of the other spool’s core.  I figure this is probably the best measurement of the width of the line available to the machine.
  • Setup->Machine Height = 848
    • This is a relatively arbitrary specification given that my spools have about four times as much filament than I could use in my current configuration.  I intended this to be 844, but must have typed it in wrong.  :)
  • Setup->Page Width = 216
    • Rounded up from 215.9, which is 8.5 inches converted to millimeters.
  • Setup->Page Height = 279
    • Rounded from 279.4, which is 11 inches converted to millimeters.
  • Setup->Pen Tip Size = 0.12
    • With my 2’x4’x0.5″ board covered in butcher paper, I’ve marked out on the paper the locations of the various important lines for my machine.
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  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
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  52. Why do DrawBots draw on walls?
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  54. All New Polargraph on the way!!!
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  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...
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  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!
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  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
  1. Heaven forbid I do something normal, right? []

2 Responses to “DrawBot – Calibration”

  1. terance says:

    I just built a drbo. Any suggestions on how to calibrate it? I am trying to use the directions for the polargraph, but it seems wonky. In the drbo, the sprokets are below the drawing area and I can’t seem to find anything online.

  2. MakerBlock says:

    @terance: Have you reached out to Stuart Childs? He designed the DRBO robot to use Sandy Noble’s polargraph software. I would think that if you used Stuart’s design files and built yours accordingly, you could just use his setup?

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