Miscellaneous

New Drawbot Assembly Instructions; New Forum.

Get the new Drawbot assembly instructions right here. Please have a read through and let me know if I’ve missed anything.

Try the new Forums!

Tomorrow I’m running Introduction to Arduino at the VHS. Monday I’m working at a local SFX company. Tuesday I’m on a plane to Stanford. Friday I get back. Saturday I’m working on projects for my database clients. Sunday I have Introduction to Soldering at the VHS. Then I’m back to the SFX company and working on the pan and tilt head for Malcolm, followed by the Quarterly GM on Sunday again. Light reading in bed is about how to market my business better. If I get a chance to take a break it’ll probably be spent raking the half ton of leaves that fall on my front yard every day in fall. My TODO list is growing all the time. I need to figure out the best way to use what time I have in my day.

I definitely have troubles staying positive, engergized, and focussed. How do you do it? What’s your secret? I’m taking Vitamin D, getting out in the fresh air every day, and making sure I don’t get dehydrated. Any tips you have would be greatly appreciated. I need to stay efficient and on the ball, not under it.

Miscellaneous

Skycam features added to improve Drawbot

I’ve replaced the old & busted “load bobbins” with a much more convenient “jog motors”. This way you can test each motor separately. You can even jog it a lot to load your bobbins. It used to be you had to tweak the firmware to load the bobbins or do it by hand. Which was the lesser evil? The question is now moot.

I’ve also added an “invert” checkbox in the jog motor control panel, just in case you decided to do it by hand and got the bobbin loaded backwards. …or maybe you wired the motors in a wierd way and they were running in reverse. Whatever! Both problems are now gone.

Get the master branch from github and run the DrawbotGUI.jar to see the changes. Don’t forget to update your firmware! (You will not lose your GUID.)

I think in the next update I’m going to merge the configuration screens to make setup easier. Something with a picture so it makes more intuitive sense. Can you easily load an image into the background of a dialog box in java? I haven’t even figured out how to make many text inputs the same size.

How would you feel about being able to give your Drawbot a name? “Drawbot #26” sounds so cold.

On the 11th of August I’ll be bringing the Drawbot to the Life Tree fundraiser party in Vancouver where I’ll have some prints ready and I’ll be drawing on-site. I’m also bringing it to the Super Happy Hacker House at the VHS on the 18th of August, and again to the Vancouver New Forms Festival 2012 september 13-16.

I said I’d draw 10 copies of the Burning Man logo in advance and it turns out I’ve only got 9 sheets left. That means between test prints, sales, and personal projects I’ve now drawn 91 giant pictures of steadily improving quality on my Drawbot. That’s over 50km of line!