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 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 – 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. DrawBot – Another Successful(ish) Drawing!, and an Update
  43. Restarting a Stalled DrawBot Drawing
  44. TSP FTW!
  45. Speedier DrawBot Drawings
  46. Two new DrawBot links! And an update!
  47. Excellent DrawBot Slides
  48. Another Drawing Robot!!!
  49. DrawBot Practice Tip: A Watched Pot
  50. The biggest inkjet printer ever
  51. Maze Code + Polargraph?
  52. All New Polargraph on the way!!!
  53. Ideas for improving my DrawBot
  54. DrawBot Aesthetic Re-Design Ideas
  55. The Eagle Has Landed
  56. Every Body Needs a Skull
  57. I think I know what I want to draw next...
  58. Overengineered Spools
  59. Overengineered Stepper Motor Mounts, Filament Guides
  60. Overengineered Bolt Endcaps, Case Holder
  61. Sourcing DrawBot Parts
  62. DrawBot - A Tour!
  63. DrawBot - A Preview
  64. Arduino Powered Drawing Robot Poll
  65. Building an Arduino Drawing Robot - On The Cheap
  66. Unidentified Foam Object
  67. Arduino Powered Drawing Robot - Take 2 (Or 3)
  68. DrawBot, now ACTUALLY wall mounted!
  69. A Study of Drawing Robot Pen Holders and Design Considerations
  70. Drawing Robot Pen Holders, Calligraphy Pens, and Thought Experiments
  71. Ideal Qualities in a Drawing Robot Pen Holder
  72. Enough talk! Finally a pen holder!
  73. DrawBot Pen Holder Post Mortem
  74. To Maker Faire!!!
  75. Skipping! How could I forget the skipping?!
  76. Drawing Robot Penmanship
  77. PlotterBot at Maker Faire Bay Area 2013!
  78. PlotterBot.com - a new site dedicated to drawing robots
  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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