The Makelangelo is an art robot. It hangs on a board, wall, or white board and makes pictures. It has all the technology of a 3D printer without the burning hot temperatures or the expensive plastic filament. Assembling and running the kit will prepare the builder to take that next step into DIY 3D printing.
All the electronics, motors, and belts can be reused to make a 3D printer. Planning for the future reduces waste and helps everyone. That's why we use water bottles for counterweights: taking one out of the recycling help mother nature.
In March of 2014 there were 300 Makelangelos. In May of 2015 there were almost 1000.
See a map of how many Makelangelos there are around the world.
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).
Half the fun is putting it together. Read the Makelangelo assembly instructions.
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.
Download the Makelangelo software.
Read the how-to guide.
Questions? Contact us.
How does it work?
- The Java software converts your photographs or DXF files into lines.
- The software sends the lines to the robot one at a time via USB cable or SD card. The software talks to the robot with GCODE, the language of 3D printers and CNC machines.
- The robot uses coordinate systems and trigonometry to calculate the length of each belt. Learn more
- To move from point A to point B the robot figures out the change in belt length and then turns the stepper motors with the right timing to move in a line.
- Do it ten thousand times and you have a picture!
This kit does NOT include a 12v2a power supply. We stock North American power supplies.
We do not ship the water bottles. Please recycle some from your neighborhood.
We do not ship the board on the back. The easiest set-up uses a 36"x48"x0.75" board (~A0) and 18"x24" paper (~A2).
To upload firmware to the Makelangelo 3 controller you will need USB Cable, A to mini B.
Order longer belt for larger drawings. We can deliver up to 10m in a single piece!