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Maker Faire 2016 Drawing Robot Presentation Slides

Maker Faire Bay Area 2016 was a wild ride!  If you were able to come to my presentation on tiny drawing robots – thank you!  If you weren’t able to make it, I’m sorry I missed you.  I got to

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Care and Feeding of Your TinyCNC Drawing Robot

During my presentation at Maker Faire on Sunday I’ll be showing people how to build their very own TinyCNC drawing robot.  However, some things are best done in a written form – so you can refer back to the instructions while you

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How to Build a Tiny Drawing Robot at Maker Faire Bay Area 2016

I’ll be doing a short presentation on how to build (and operate) a tiny drawing robot at Maker Faire Bay Area 2016.  My time slot is Sunday May 22, 2016 from 11:00am to 11:25am at the Make: Electronics stage in

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Don’t let SkyNet win! Take this poll!

I want to put some finishing touches on my TinyCNC drawing robot before Maker Faire, but I’m a little ambivalent about how best to show off it’s drawing/CNC abilities.1 There are several excellent ways to control such a robot –

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TinyCNC – Working Keypad UI

If you’re still on the fence about trying to build your own drawing robot/plotterbot, take heart.  (Skip to the bottom of the post if you want to check out the latest 3D printable files and Arduino code.)  If a relative

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TinyCNC: Too Many Ideas

I’ve been brainstorming ways to make the TinyCNC better: Drawing and Recording. My idea is to be able to control the robot through they keypad, perhaps going through the motions for a drawing or to perform a small task, and then

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Drawing By Numbers

In preparation for Benicia Mini Maker Faire 2016 this last weekend I finally got my TinyCNC working with this sweet Adafruit numeric keypad!  Now using the robot is so easy, even a 17-month old can operate it!1 I’ve programmed the ‘bot to

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Drawing Robot In A Box

Well, technically, ON a box. The wiring is really simple.  A small breadboard is used connect Arduino pins 10, 11, 12, power and ground to the three servos.  The keypad is wired directly to pins 2 – 8 on the Arduino.

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TinyCNC Two steps forward, one step back!

Above is a picture of the most recent version of this robot.  It includes two nifty changes and one design aspect1 that will probably involve me using design elements I had discarded earlier.  Here’s what I’m working on: No tools.

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Robot Challenge Marathon

Whew!  It’s been a wild few weeks! Just a few weeks ago I found out about WyoLum 2013 Innovation Grant and discovered that the AFRON 2013 Design Challenge had been extended.  I then began a foolish feverish attempt to enter both

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