The biggest inkjet printer ever

Big Printer

Big Printer

The other day I wondered what people have done with their InkShields1 2  Then I got to wondering what people were doing to mount their InkShield printer heads and move them around.  Then I thought… hey!  It would be pretty awesome to attach an InkShield printer head to a Polargraph / DrawBot gondola.

I could see how an InkShield might improve a Polargraph.  You could theoretically have a small sensor to test the ink levels and pump more ink in from a larger reservoir – and never worry about a pen running out of ink again.

I could see how a Polargraph might improve an InkShield.  With a DrawBot string setup, you wouldn’t need a huge or expensive XY gantry – just a lot of string, two motors, and some other bits and bobs.

”Posts
  1. Wanna make a DrawBot?
  2. DrawBot, the Adventure Begins
  3. DrawBots for the slow learner
  4. DrawBot - Parts Ordered!!!
  5. DrawBot - What would you draw?
  6. DrawBot – The Software, Part I (and an existential conversation)
  7. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part IV
  8. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part III
  9. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part IV
  10. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part V
  11. Now Simple Series will also add the series list to RSS feeds too!
  12. Anti-Virals
  13. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part VII
  14. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part VIII
  15. DrawBot – The Breakdown, Part II
  16. DrawBot – Printing!
  17. DrawBot – Printing, Part II
  18. DrawBot – Calibration
  19. DrawBot – Pen Selection
  20. DrawBot – How to Recover from a Stalled Print!
  21. DrawBot – Drawing Success(ish)!!!
  22. DrawBot – Pen Selection, Part II
  23. DrawBot – Onwards and Upwards!
  24. Plugin Considerations
  25. Restarting a Stalled DrawBot Drawing
  26. Two new DrawBot links! And an update!
  27. Excellent DrawBot Slides
  28. DrawBot Practice Tip: A Watched Pot
  29. The biggest inkjet printer ever
  30. Why do DrawBots draw on walls?
  31. Ideas for improving my DrawBot
  32. DrawBot Aesthetic Re-Design Ideas
  33. The Eagle Has Landed
  34. This project is not going to overengineer itself
  35. Sourcing DrawBot Parts
  36. DrawBot - A Tour!
  37. Arduino Powered Drawing Robot Poll
  38. Building an Arduino Drawing Robot - On The Cheap
  39. Unidentified Foam Object
  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. PlotterBot.com - a new site dedicated to drawing robots

  1. An InkShield is an Arduino shield that allows the Arduino to control an inkjet cartridge. []
  2. Photo courtesy of iLEZ iLEZ []

4 Responses to “The biggest inkjet printer ever”

  1. Michael Cook says:

    That would give you a much higher resolution than Polargraphs have now and speed up printing.

    The problem I would expect is that you would suddenly need to keep the gondola vertical (or at least the same orientation). Suddenly having the gondola rotated 5 degrees compared to straight up and down would be an issue.

  2. MakerBlock says:

    @Michael Cook: I haven’t had a lot of trouble keeping the gondola vertical. I use several AA batteries as weights on my gondola which keep it vertical. It does have a little side-to-side motion, but that’s one of the tradeoffs, I suppose.

  3. Michael Cook says:

    I just got my Polargraph working well in the last week or so. The gondola stays mostly vertical, but I’ve seen it a few degrees off. I don’t have any weights on it though.

    You could have some fun with an ink shield though. You could print on surfaces (like directly on walls) that you’d never be able to print on normally.

  4. MakerBlock says:

    @Michael Cook: Do you have pictures or a blog post about your ‘bot?! Please e-mail with them so I can add them to my DrawBot page! I’d love to see what you’re working on. Also – what gondola design do you use? I’m using John Abela’s, but I think I need to design something for my particular setup.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>