Archive for the ‘Makelangelo’ Category

What are your thoughts on Licensing and Scaling

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Makelangelos are a success and I wonder if licensing is the way to grow so I can hire staff and afford all the R&D I’m putting into my super weapon other projects. I’m giving the question due consideration and I’d love your feedback in the comments below.

How to Add Your Own Style to the Makelangelo

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

This post is about how to modify the open source code for the Makelangelo and bend it to your will. I hope to teach you how to create new styles of drawing for the Makelangelo so that you can make it more artsy or more funny or … well, whatever you want to do with it, right? Right.

Warning! This post… this post is for the ambitious among you. It’s not easy, but like they say: nothing worth doing is easy. (more…)

Makelangelo with a Raspberry Pi

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Makelangelo 3

The Makelangelo on Github has just received (and accepted) it’s first pull request to add Raspberry Pi support to the Makelangelo. Everybody please give Chris Mills some love in the forums.

For now it’s developers-only, so if you want in on the action you’ll have to start coding.

Patrick Litchy’s Multicolor style

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Patrick is an artist of some renown, and on his way to Transmediale in Berlin he shared on his blog the secret of the unique Makelangelo coloring scheme he invented for his pictures of random internet cats.

Patrick Litchy cat

Read about it here.

Patrick! Should we build “Litchy style” right into the Makelangelo?

Makelangelo instructions, simplified

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

exploded motor mounts

Today I’m pleased to announce a major rewrite of the Makelangelo 2.5 assembly instructions and the Makelangelo 3 assembly instructions.

The previous instructions got a lot of feedback. I hope the changes satisfy.  Please have a read through and let me know what you think in the forums, your feedback means the moon world to me.

Teachers! Are you using the Makelangelo in your class? Contact us. I want to promote your good work.

Extra special thanks to Melissa for kicking my rump into action.

Adapting Makelangelo to CoreXY kinematics

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Mike wrote in on our live chat to talk about his CoreXY kinematics. Seems there’s no open source Arduino code to drive his new system and – being a smart guy who does his homework – he reached out to the people with experience. Long time readers will know that I started a Jigsaw solving robot last year and that I intend to finish it in May. Seems like interest in CoreXY has just exploded since then, and this was a wake up call.

With the changes described below you should be able to draw images using the Makelangelo software on your CoreXY system. Video proof, too!

Makelangelo now more Open Hardware

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

The Makelangleo 1 is now more Open Hardware than before. The plans for pen holder were missing from Thingiverse, and I added them this morning. Check it out.

If you find what we’re doing useful, tell your friends about us. Tell them to buy our awesome stuff. Tell them we need to grow, and we’re looking for a business guru. Building our moon robots isn’t easy, we need all the help we can get.

Makelangelo firmware loaded before shipping

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

The Makelangelo 3 and Makelangelo 2.5 Arduinos (if you order one) will come with the firmware already installed. Why? Because we love you.

We’re almost ISO-9000 certified. What that means is we’re committed to always improving everything and we document all our processes.

Loading the code will do two things: First, it will make sure everything on the board is 100%. Second, it means you shouldn’t have to run Arduino at all, just the Makelangelo software. that skips a lot of steps. You can focus on putting the parts together and making great drawings.

If that sounds good to you, consider making a translation of the Makelangelo software into another language and sharing it in the forums. I’ll include it in the official package for everyone.

Oh yeah, and please share this with your friends, so together we can make more awesome robots.

Makelangelo software v6

Monday, January 12th, 2015

I just updated the Makelangelo software to version 6.

  • added italian
  • added spanish (I did this with google translate, it’s probably not even finished)
  • removed code no longer needed
  • updated the version number so “please update” shuts up for all Windows users.
  • Added a “hooray!” message when a print finishes.

I’ve also branched the github project.  From now on I’ll work on the dev branch while the master branch has the code of the last stable release.

I’m looking for people to help translate the Makelangelo software to more languages.  If you can’t fork git and make a pull request (that’s almost gibberish even in english) then copy the english.xml file from your languages folder and change it to your langauge of choice.  Look to the forums for other translations and help from fellow users.

SpaceX CRS-5 Launch

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Let’s start Monday morning with a blast.

I’m working hard right now on my robot arms. As you know from my about page, when they’re up and running I want to ship them to the moon and build a moon base by remote control.

SpaceX is my favorite choice right now because they seem to be the only company that’s really trying anything new. In most rocket launches the rocket falls apart as it goes up, throwing off parts it doesn’t need when they have been used up. These parts are really really expensive and are never used again. SpaceX is trying to land the expensive throwaways on a drone boat so they can be reused, saving money and lowering the cost of shipping to space.


Also there are some Makelangelo upgrades in the works. Expect a software update later today.