Archive for the ‘Makelangelo’ Category

Can you help our open source Java projects?

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

I’m preparing an update for the Makelangelo 3 program. I’d like to release it this Friday.

Try the current Windows version

Try the Mac version

I thought that writing a program in Java would make life easier for everyone. Turns out there are some gotchas. Java is installed a little bit different on each version of Windows, which makes life difficult for everyone.

I really want all the programs I’ve released in the last few years to be as easy to run as Arduino or Minecraft, but I don’t have the knowledge to make it happen. Can you show me how? I’ll take anything that works!

See the Github project here

What do you get if you put two Makelangelos together? Something like this.

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Today I got a call from Mike with some questions about the Makelangelo. He mentioned David Bynoe’s Four Cable Drawing Machine (above). David has been making amazing art in Calgary, Canada, for some time now. Looking through his other videos I realized I’ve talked to David anonymously in other message boards. Small world, hey? Hi, David! Love your work.

2014-02-26 Makelangelo Spray Paint and Line Stroke

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

I want to add spray painting to the Makelangelo. Instead of lifting the pen off the paper it will push on the nozzle of the spray can to make a dot. Sounds simple, right? the devil is in the details. (more…)

They study Makelangelo at MIT

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Drawbot at MIT

The MIT Fab Accademy AS220 class of 2013 built a Makelangelo!

Please let us know if you have you written anything about our robots. Sharing is caring.

How To Store a Portable Maklangelo in the Classroom

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Portable Makelangelo

edmondslibrarian has posted a tutorial on Instructables about how to make a cart for moving and storing a Makelangelo in the classroom. We can’t say it any better than he did:

“While the Makelangelo is easy enough for anyone to use,it will most likely appeal to STEM teachers, Arduino fans, or as an entry into technology for anyone.

Having a designated desk makes it so much easier to include Makeangelo in your daily routine, especially a school routine. It always feels like I am working harder when the machine is also at work at the same time. If I choose not to use it, then the space is easily available as a regular computer station.

Make some art! Take it on a road trip!
You will likely have to make a schedule of when the Drawing machine can run. It will be popular with very good reason. You can feel good about teaching students about the coordinate system- X and Y.”

Read the full Instructable here. Show edmondslibrarian some love by clicking the “favorite” button!

Makelangelo update: Adafruit Motor Shield 2 Support Added

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Adafruit Motor Shield 2

The update is now available at the Makelangelo github repository. We don’t sell the Makelangelo with a v2 motor shield yet so it will not appear in the release packages…yet.

- moved arduino/arduino.ino to arduino/firmware_arms1
- moved arduino/libraries to arduino/firmware_arms1/libraries
- added arduino/firmware_arms2 for adafruit motor shield 2
- added arduino/firmware_arms2/libraries

The previous release was (finally) version 1. From now on they’ll go up in whole numbers.

I love how adding ellipsis before the end of a sentence makes everything a little bit … ominous.

Makelangelo appears in Vancouver Sun as part of TOUCH VPL coverage

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Local paper The Vancouver Sun covered the Vancouver Public Library TOUCH fundraiser and included a ‘>timelapse of the Makelangelo in action. Look for it at 1:05.

Israeli hackathon includes Makelangelo

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Gilad sends word that this weekend he’s doing some major hacking on the Makelangelo. I don’t know what he’s cooking up yet. Care to make a guess?

israeli hackathon

israeli hackathon panorama

Did you now there are now 224 known drawbots around the world? Nice!

Paul’s Makelangelo for Students

Saturday, September 21st, 2013


This is exactly what I hope to see with the Makelangelo – educating kids and getting them interested in STEM subjects. Paul sets up his Makelangelo in the window so all the students in the school yard can watch it run.

Software Update: Makelangelo 1

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

East Van Bike Polo, 10min

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