The Makelangelo 2.5.2 sits on the sweet spot between power and price. We’ve taken the great pen holder and motor mounts of the v3 and married them with the affordable electronics of the v2. The result is a bare-bones kits that will satisfy your artistic heart and your hungry wallet. If the Makelangelo 3 is a Ferrari then this is a smart car – not quite as powerful but still able to do most jobs.
To run the Makelangelo you will need a Windows, Apple, or Linux comptuer with a USB port and the Makelangelo software. The default setup also requires a 4’x3′ board (A0 size) and 24″x18″ paper (A2).
If teaching is your focus, talk to us! Many teachers are using the Makelangelo in their STEAM classes. It is a great way to introduce coordinate systems, pythagorean theorem, trigonometry, gcode, physics, and more. We want to share your experience with other teachers and make the lessons easy to repeat.
The Makelangelo is open source. All the source code for Makelangelo is online. If you need support, We’re here to help you all the way. Our active support forums are open 24/7/365. You don’t need to be a programmer to use the Makelangelo. The software converts PNG, JPG, BMP, and GIF images for you in one of several different styles. DXF support is also included.
New 2016: The Makelangelo ships fully assembled – the electronics, motor mounts, and pen holder have been done by us. See recommended add-ons for more info.
How does the Makelangelo 2.5.2 work?
- The Java software converts your pictures into lines.
- The software sends the lines to the robot one at a time with GCODE, the language of 3D printers and CNC machines.
- The robot uses trigonometry to calculate the length of each belt. To move from point A to point B the robot figures out the change in belt length and then pulls the belts at the right speed to move in straight lines.
- Repeat 10,000 times and you have a beautiful picture.
Makelangelo recommended add-ons
This kit does NOT include a 12v2a power supply because we only stock 12v2a North American power supplies, and we have many international customers.
This kit does NOT include the water bottles. Please recycle some from your neighborhood.
- A map of Makelangelos around the world. Look for yours!
- How to setup and run a Makelangelo (video).
- Download Makelangelo software as seen in the how-to video.
- Download Makelangelo firmware, the code in the brain of the robot.
- Planning ahead? Want more power? Try the Makelangelo 3. It’s a faster machine that uses 3D printer electronics.
Questions before you buy? Want to go even bigger? Contact us.
Please visit the Marginally Clever Forums for technical support.
Makelangelo is derived from the work of Paul Fisher. It is largely inspired by “Hektor”, by Jürg Lehni and Uli Franke.