DrawBot – Printing!

I’ve actually printed something using my DrawBot!!!  Would you like to see it?!

DrawBot test print #4

DrawBot test print #4

As you can see, this is a print of Van Gogh’s Starry Night.  It has a few problems.  First, the pen was non-ideal.  This will take some experimentation.  Second, the image, as anyone can tell you, is mirrored.  Third, the image was supposed to be much larger – almost as wide as the entire A4 page I’ve scanned in above.  I fiddled with some settings last night, but didn’t accomplish much.  I’ll try again tonight.

However!  I’m really very encouraged!  It actually drew something that roughly corresponds to the thing I’ve asked it to draw!  I’m looking forward to playing with the settings.  The robot is fairly quiet – it’s propped against a wall about seven feet from where I’m sitting and the sound of operation is barely noticeable above the television.

Posts in the DrawBot Adventure Series
  1. DrawBot, the Adventure Begins
  2. DrawBots for the slow learner
  3. DrawBot - Parts Ordered!!!
  4. DrawBot - The Breakdown
  5. DrawBot - Parts Shipped!!!
  6. DrawBot - What would you draw?
  7. DrawBot - The Plan!
  8. DrawBot - The Hacks
  9. DrawBot - The Delivery?
  10. DrawBot - The Delivery, Part II
  11. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part III
  12. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part I
  13. DrawBot – The Software, Part I (and an existential conversation)
  14. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part IV
  15. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part II
  16. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part III
  17. DrawBot – Design Considerations
  18. DrawBot – The Face Palm
  19. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part V
  20. DrawBot – The Silver Lining of Failure
  21. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part VI
  22. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part V
  23. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part VI
  24. DrawBot – Printed Parts
  25. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part VII
  26. DrawBot – The Operation, Part I
  27. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part VIII
  28. DrawBot – The Breakdown, Part II
  29. DrawBot – Printing!
  30. DrawBot – Printing, Part II
  31. DrawBot – Why are you crying?
  32. DrawBot – Calibration
  33. DrawBot – How to Recover from a Stalled Print!
  34. DrawBot – Drawing Success(ish)!!!
  35. DrawBot – Pen Selection, Part II
  36. DrawBot – Onwards and Upwards!
  37. DrawBot – Another Successful(ish) Drawing!, and an Update
  38. Restarting a Stalled DrawBot Drawing
  39. TSP FTW!
  40. Speedier DrawBot Drawings
  41. Two new DrawBot links! And an update!
  42. Excellent DrawBot Slides
  43. Another Drawing Robot!!!
  44. DrawBot Practice Tip: A Watched Pot
  45. The biggest inkjet printer ever
  46. Why do DrawBots draw on walls?
  47. Maze Code + Polargraph?
  48. Ideas for improving my DrawBot
  49. DrawBot Aesthetic Re-Design Ideas
  50. I think I know what I want to draw next...
  51. Overengineered Spools
  52. Overengineered Stepper Motor Mounts, Filament Guides
  53. Overengineered Bolt Endcaps, Case Holder
  54. Sourcing DrawBot Parts
  55. DrawBot - A Tour!
  56. DrawBot - A Preview
  57. Building an Arduino Drawing Robot - On The Cheap
  58. DrawBot - Printed Parts Tour
  59. Unidentified Foam Object
  60. Arduino Powered Drawing Robot - Take 2 (Or 3)
  61. DrawBot, now ACTUALLY wall mounted!
  62. A Study of Drawing Robot Pen Holders and Design Considerations
  63. Drawing Robot Pen Holders, Calligraphy Pens, and Thought Experiments
  64. Ideal Qualities in a Drawing Robot Pen Holder
  65. Enough talk! Finally a pen holder!
  66. DrawBot Pen Holder Post Mortem
  67. Skipping! How could I forget the skipping?!
  68. Drawing Robot Penmanship
  69. PlotterBot at Maker Faire Bay Area 2013!
  70. PlotterBot.com - a new site dedicated to drawing robots

4 Responses to “DrawBot – Printing!”

  1. ted stockwell says:

    I’m sorry but I don’t see Starry Night in that at all. How about trying a Mona Lisa? – that might be simpler and more renderable image

  2. MakerBlock says:

    @ted: Yeah, it’s even worse in person. :) That test did not go well at all. I’m still playing with the settings.

  3. ted stockwell says:

    Sorry, didn’t mean to harsh your buzz, what you’ve done so far is fantastic!
    I’m sure all you need is a little calibration and configuration work.
    My first print on my RepRap Prusa looked like a blob of plastic.
    When I got the calibration within the ‘sweet spot’ all of a sudden things looked much better.

  4. MakerBlock says:

    @ted: No worries! That was just a first try! Tonight’s attempt went much better. There’s a little more calibration to do, but I’m very happy with the results so far.

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