Fire up those 3D printers because if you’re anything like us, you’ll want your very own PlottyBot. Still, do you have a ton of “thank you notes” to write from recent winter holiday gift exchanges? Do you expect to deliver invitation letters for a wedding or other important event? Need some new art to spruce up your shelter or lockdown shop? Sounds like [Ben] I could help you with that.
In addition to being a beautifully designed desktop DrawBot, this project from [Ben] it appears to have solid software to run it, a community of creators who have tested the waters, and very detailed build instructions. These include everything from a bill of materials with links to order parts to an animated GIF montage for the more complicated steps.
If you want to go from “handwritten” cards and letters to something poster-sized, there are some customization tips for enlarged X and Y dimensions. As we have included in other recent articles, one caveat to mention is the current shortage of Raspberry Pi Zeros that require PlottyBots. But if you have one on hand or think you’ll be able to get one by the time you’ve 3D printed all the parts, it might be the perfect time to add another bot to your family. As a heads up, this project is self-hosted on a solar powered server, so maybe take turns reading the entire build log.
A nice bonus if you need help drawing something complex enough to require the help of a robot. [Ben] also created MandalGaba, which looks like an amazing online tool for drawings like the ones shown above.