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Tiny 3-Axis CNC Drawing Robot – Software Update and Design version 0.29 postmortem

Above is a very short video showing the Tiny 3-Axis CNC, powered by an Adafruit Trinket, using all three axes. In order to push the Tiny CNC robot design further, I had to actually wire it up and test it.

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How to Build a Tiny 3-Axis CNC Drawing Robot

FYI, if you like drawing robots and want to stay updated, please consider joining my newsletter.  Just stuff about drawing robots, no spam. The Tiny 3-Axis CNC robot is a cheap, easy to build, extremely minimalistic but very capable little

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Someone drew a cat with a Tiny CNC

Someone on Thingiverse, a user named nsa666, has written their own software for using the robot to draw a cat. This makes me unbelievably happy.  First a kitty cat.  Next the WORLD.

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Tiny CNC – An Experiment in Commerce

I tried a little experiment last weekend.1 I listed the plastic parts for Tiny CNC version 0.18 on eBay.  I did this for a number of reasons: I really wanted to see someone else put together this robot.  Also, getting

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Uses for a Tiny CNC Robot

Thinigiverse user Zamanlui printed a Tiny CNC with the idea to turn it into a platform for a phage/bacteria printer. While I realize that a two-axis CNC machine can be used for just about anything, I LOVE the idea that something

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Better video of Tiny CNC Drawing Robot actually drawing

I wanted to share a video of the ‘bot in action that was slightly less terrible.  In this one I’ve elevated the robot on two stacks of index cards, taped it down to keep it from wandering off, and given

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How to Build a Tiny CNC Drawing Robot

UPDATE: Here’s everything you need to to build a Tiny 3-Axis CNC robot using just 8 plastic pieces. The above are nearly all the tools and parts you’ll need to build your own itty bitty CNC drawing robot.1 If you

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An Itty Bitty Drawing Robot

My daughter and I recently signed up to take part in Make’s Robot Hacks’ project.  Make was kind enough to send me a box of parts, including the Make Ultimate Microcontroller Pack and a bunch of servos. The catch?  We had

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