Handwriting Typewiter

I’ve been working on the plotter, some of the features are hard to explain in the absence of a full release with documentation. I won’t try to, I’m mostly posting this bit late for posterity: the first test of the Handwriting Typewriter.

Plotter Trials

I’m getting closer to a very usable plotter, for now the prototype is serving all my plotting needs. Another prototype is in the works, this way I’ll be able to work on a plotter and keep another one for drawing. I keep finding ideas for really cool videos which I’m certain will make splashes online. I want to have my next steps figured out before I try to do just that. I know that at least the plotter build will be documented as a DYI project.

I found my birthday presents for the next 10 years

First trial with paint, I coded for “ink refill” capabilities for all instruments which require it. Obviously I’ve learned a few lessons here 🙂

Learning about Cartesian coordinate systems to control the plotter

He did surprisingly well for something as abstract as this. The reward was to watch the robot execute his instructions which was very exiting to him.

I’ve been doing a lot of interesting development on the plotter front. Yesterday I finally put behind me the dreaded “live link to Mandalagaba” feature. The idea is that I would like the plotter to reproduce in real time, the intricate geometries produced on Mandalagaba. I’m bubbling with ideas for features to implement and plots to draw. I’ve tested some here are home and they’ll make for videos which I’m sure will give the plotter its 5 minutes of internet fame. I need to get quite a few more ducks in a row though before I draw attention to what is most likely going to be called “Plottybot”.