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 - Parts Ordered!!!
  4. DrawBot - What would you draw?
  5. DrawBot - The Plan!
  6. DrawBot - The Hacks
  7. DrawBot - Giant Unicorn?
  8. DrawBot - The Delivery?
  9. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part III
  10. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part I
  11. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part IV
  12. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part III
  13. DrawBot – Design Considerations
  14. DrawBot – The Face Palm
  15. This is a test of the Simple Series post system... This is only a test
  16. Now Simple Series will also add the series list to RSS feeds too!
  17. ZOMG! Simple Series is going viral!
  18. DrawBot – The Silver Lining of Failure
  19. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part VI
  20. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part V
  21. Anti-Virals
  22. Simple Series - Half-Life; Market Research
  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 Breakdown, Part II
  28. DrawBot – Printing!
  29. DrawBot – Printing, Part II
  30. WordPress plugin - OCD Plugin Stats
  31. Two new DrawBot links! And an update!
  32. Excellent DrawBot Slides
  33. Ideas for improving my DrawBot
  34. DrawBot Aesthetic Re-Design Ideas
  35. Every Body Needs a Skull
  36. I think I know what I want to draw next...
  37. This project is not going to overengineer itself
  38. Overengineered Stepper Motor Mounts, Filament Guides
  39. Building an Arduino Drawing Robot - On The Cheap
  40. How to add a custom button to the WordPress Visual TinyMCE Editor
  41. A Study of Drawing Robot Pen Holders and Design Considerations
  42. 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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