DrawBot Practice Tip: A Watched Pot

Winter Is Coming

Winter Is Coming

It’s been a while since I’ve talked about my DrawBot.  In large part that’s because it’s been a while since I’ve even used my DrawBot.

After a little dry spell of making, I’ve been rocking the DrawBot.  Previously I had been drawing things about the size of a sheet of paper.  While this meant the drawings were relatively quick, it also meant I could just print whatever I wanted directly onto a 8.5″x11″ sheet of paper using my traditional black and white laser printer.  This weekend I’ve cranked out a few drawings – but on a much grander scale.  Several months ago I picked up a large roll of white paper at the local office supply store – and I’ve since created about three 3-foot tall drawings.  One is a House Stark direwolf from Game of Thrones, one is an R2D2 commissioned by my daughter, and a third is an R2D2 and C3PO also at the request for my daughter.1

The last one is particularly cool.  I’ll take a picture for you later.  There’s a lot of room for improvement with the gondola.  The current setup is… let’s say… non-optimal.  I’m working on an improved version.

Where was I?  Oh yes!  The watched pot!

I’m using Sandy Noble’s seriously awesome Polargraph software to power my DrawBot.  I’m rocking version 0.182 and noticed that when I’ve got the program on the “Input” tab it draws about 42 points a minute and when it’s on the “Queue” tab it draws about 96 points a minute when working on SVG / vector graphic.  The cool part about drawing with the “Input” tab open is that you can see the drawing in progress.  So, when I’m watching the drawing, it runs slower.

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  2. DrawBot, the Adventure Begins
  3. DrawBot - Parts Ordered!!!
  4. DrawBot - The Breakdown
  5. DrawBot - Parts Shipped!!!
  6. DrawBot - What would you draw?
  7. DrawBot - The Delivery, Part II
  8. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part II
  9. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part III
  10. DrawBot – Design Considerations
  11. DrawBot – Halp!!! No - seriously, a little help?
  12. DrawBot – The Face Palm
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  14. Simple Series WordPress Plugin
  15. This is a test of the Simple Series post system... This is only a test
  16. DrawBot – The Operation, Part I
  17. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part VIII
  18. DrawBot – The Breakdown, Part II
  19. DrawBot – Printing!
  20. DrawBot – Calibration
  21. DrawBot – Pen Selection
  22. DrawBot – How to Recover from a Stalled Print!
  23. DrawBot – Drawing Success(ish)!!!
  24. DrawBot – Pen Selection, Part II
  25. DrawBot – Onwards and Upwards!
  26. DrawBot – Another Successful(ish) Drawing!, and an Update
  27. Restarting a Stalled DrawBot Drawing
  28. TSP FTW!
  29. Two new DrawBot links! And an update!
  30. Another Drawing Robot!!!
  31. DrawBot Practice Tip: A Watched Pot
  32. The biggest inkjet printer ever
  33. Maze Code + Polargraph?
  34. Ideas for improving my DrawBot
  35. DrawBot Aesthetic Re-Design Ideas
  36. The Eagle Has Landed
  37. Every Body Needs a Skull
  38. This project is not going to overengineer itself
  39. Overengineered Spools
  40. Overengineered Bolt Endcaps, Case Holder
  41. Unidentified Foam Object
  42. Arduino Powered Drawing Robot - Take 2 (Or 3)
  43. DrawBot, now ACTUALLY wall mounted!
  44. How to add a custom button to the WordPress Visual TinyMCE Editor
  45. A Study of Drawing Robot Pen Holders and Design Considerations
  46. Drawing Robot Pen Holders, Calligraphy Pens, and Thought Experiments
  47. Drawing Robot Penmanship

  1. She likes R2D2. []
  2. He’s continually working on the software and is already out with v.0.19! []

2 Responses to “DrawBot Practice Tip: A Watched Pot”

  1. […] For not naming that last post “A watched plot.” […]

  2. Sandy Noble says:

    I’ve never noticed that! Must just take fractionally longer to respond to the machine’s READY while it’s busy drawing things too. The line preview is pretty intensive I suppose. Very surprised there is such a big difference though!

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