01st Jun 2016

Robots and Ink

I’ve been making business cards out of record covers from LP vinyl (and many other things). They come out pretty nice (good, see below) but it’s a fair amount of work to...

21st May 2016

Dip Bot

I’ve had this project in the pipe for some time and I finally started to converge enough to write some code and get some experimenting done. I decided on an architecture...

25th Sep 2013

30×30″ Painting Robot

I am back onto my painting robot project! The brush will be dipped much like a human would do it. I will add more brushes eventually though. Perhaps three or four....

06th May 2013

Hey Kids! Red’s Not a Primary!

That’s right! It’s a primary for light but not paint. The red, green and blue circles (below left) show primary colors for your eye. The additive RGB system reflects human physiology since we have receptors corresponding...

13th Nov 2012

Painting Robot First Brush Strokes

I was able to get little dipper to move some paint around with the brush! Here it is making two whole brush strokes! I decided to make the code on...

11th Nov 2012

Painting Robot Thoughts

Found Objects not for Function I’ve been using found stuff in various projects. One thing that’s come forward is that it’s bad for pure function in mechanical systems. They are cumbersome and...

04th Nov 2012

Dip

I am designing the lower Y-Rail mount a well as the lower assembly of the Big Dip. I think it is most sensible to figure out the dipping system and...

03rd Nov 2012

Big Dipper Gantry Bearing

The Little Dipper (a 8.5×11″ format painting robot) is now ready for software which will take some reflection and time. While I mull over it, I will work on the Big...

01st Nov 2012

Little Dipper Painting Machine

I’ve been on a course on high speed reading for the past three days so I’m just getting back to the Little Dipper project. Stepper Motors These motors are out...

28th Oct 2012

Painting Robot Lives!

Little Dipper is now outfitted with shiny new linear bearings. I was a little silly to try to make it work with the junked up bearings from scanners (in retrospect)....

13th Oct 2012

Little Dipper Mechanical

I’ve got most of the mechanical together for the Little Dipper painting robot. The machine has good rigidity and is big enough for an 8.5×11″ sheet of paper in landscape....

12th Oct 2012

Making Parts for Little Dipper

I started to cut out the parts out of 1/4″ hardboard on my CNC laser cutter. It was making a bit of a mess so I decided to do the...

06th Oct 2012

Little Dipper

I worked on the small robot made from found parts. I’ve been calling it “Little Dipper” so I guess that will be it’s name till I come up with something...

04th Oct 2012

Another Painting Robot

I’ve got parts on order for a 24″ x 24″ painting robot. Today I decided to make a smaller painting robot out of some found junk since I’m still waiting...

29th Sep 2012

Painting Robot

I was walking along and came across Lucas. I was stuck in my tracks, I could not leave. On one front it’s a striking portrait that’s closer to life than a...