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.
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, Part II
  13. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part III
  14. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part I
  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 – Design Considerations
  21. DrawBot – Halp!!! No - seriously, a little help?
  22. DrawBot – The Face Palm
  23. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part V
  24. DrawBot – The Silver Lining of Failure
  25. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part VI
  26. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part V
  27. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part VI
  28. DrawBot – Printed Parts
  29. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part VII
  30. DrawBot – The Operation, Part I
  31. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part VIII
  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. Restarting a Stalled DrawBot Drawing
  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. All New Polargraph on the way!!!
  51. Ideas for improving my DrawBot
  52. DrawBot Aesthetic Re-Design Ideas
  53. The Eagle Has Landed
  54. Every Body Needs a Skull
  55. I think I know what I want to draw next...
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  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. DrawBot - Printed Parts Tour
  64. Unidentified Foam Object
  65. Arduino Powered Drawing Robot - Take 2 (Or 3)
  66. DrawBot, now ACTUALLY wall mounted!
  67. A Study of Drawing Robot Pen Holders and Design Considerations
  68. Drawing Robot Pen Holders, Calligraphy Pens, and Thought Experiments
  69. Ideal Qualities in a Drawing Robot Pen Holder
  70. Enough talk! Finally a pen holder!
  71. DrawBot Pen Holder Post Mortem
  72. To Maker Faire!!!
  73. Skipping! How could I forget the skipping?!
  74. Drawing Robot Penmanship
  75. PlotterBot at Maker Faire Bay Area 2013!
  76. 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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