DrawBot – The Assembly, Part VII

Yesterday I accomplished a little more with my DrawBot.  Here’s what I did:

  1. Drilled holes in my project box1 for running mounting wires through the box.
  2. Drilled holes in my project box for the power cord and USB cable.
  3. I added several yards of monofilament line to each spool.  The way I have the motors mounted into the box I had to add some filament line to it on the spool.  Obviously, I had no way of knowing how much line I would need, so I just added a few feet.  Today I cut off several additional yards, tied the new section to the shorter section already attached to the spool2 , cut off the little loose ends, and rolled the spool with a finger.
  4. Found studs in the wall, put two huge screws into two studs3 for holding the box on the wall.
  5. Ran some sturdy steel wire through the box for mounting on the wall.
  6. Cut a huge sheet of cardboard out of a box we had in the garage.  I wrapped three edges of it in packing tape, so that it would remain flat and not shed little bits of cardboard paper.  The fourth edge I covered with duct tape for a sturdier hold.  This was then mounted on the wall underneath the pine box using more huge screws going through the side with the duct tape.  The purpose of this is to give the DrawBot a flat surface to draw on, rather than the textured wall.
  7. I then plugged the power cable and USB cables in and tried to fire up the Polargraph software.  Since this is all being done in a different room, I’m connecting all of this to a totally different laptop using different software.  I have an older laptop running Windows Vista that is connected to my Thing-O-Matic and Cupcake.  Now it is attached to my DrawBot as well.
  8. At this point the only physical components of the DrawBot missing are the gondola which I haven’t installed and blank paper.
  9. Unfortunately, that laptop I connected the DrawBot to is having some kind of problem communicating with the Arduino.  But, that’s another problem for another day.

”Posts
  1. Wanna make a DrawBot?
  2. DrawBot Resources and Links
  3. DrawBot, the Adventure Begins
  4. DrawBot - Parts Ordered!!!
  5. DrawBot - The Breakdown
  6. DrawBot - Parts Shipped!!!
  7. DrawBot - What would you draw?
  8. DrawBot - The Plan!
  9. DrawBot - The Hacks
  10. DrawBot - Giant Unicorn?
  11. DrawBot - The Delivery?
  12. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part III
  13. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part I
  14. DrawBot – The Software, Part I (and an existential conversation)
  15. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part IV
  16. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part III
  17. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part IV
  18. DrawBot – Design Considerations
  19. Simple Series WordPress Plugin
  20. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part V
  21. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part VII
  22. DrawBot – The Breakdown, Part II
  23. DrawBot – Printing!
  24. DrawBot – Printing, Part II
  25. DrawBot – Why are you crying?
  26. DrawBot – Calibration
  27. DrawBot – Pen Selection
  28. DrawBot – Drawing Success(ish)!!!
  29. DrawBot – Pen Selection, Part II
  30. DrawBot – Onwards and Upwards!
  31. WordPress Plugin: Easy CC License
  32. TSP FTW!
  33. Excellent DrawBot Slides
  34. Maze Code + Polargraph?
  35. All New Polargraph on the way!!!
  36. Ideas for improving my DrawBot
  37. Every Body Needs a Skull
  38. I think I know what I want to draw next...
  39. This project is not going to overengineer itself
  40. Sourcing DrawBot Parts
  41. Building an Arduino Drawing Robot - On The Cheap
  42. DrawBot - Printed Parts Tour
  43. DrawBot, now ACTUALLY wall mounted!
  44. OCD Plugin Stats and the WordPress.org Statistics API
  45. How to add a custom button to the WordPress Visual TinyMCE Editor
  46. A Study of Drawing Robot Pen Holders and Design Considerations
  47. To Maker Faire!!!
  48. Drawing Robot Penmanship

  1. A long pine box []
  2. Square knot []
  3. True story:  My wife heard the new electronic stud finder going all wacky from the family room.  She called back, “If it’s making that beeping noise, you’re doing something wrong.”  I replied, “Yeah, I’m just running it over my belly just to see what it will do.”  My daughter ran over in disbelief and then called back to my wife, “Mom!  Daddy’s rubbing the finder on his tummy!”  Say what you will, that damn thing is accurate. []

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