The Makelangelo 3.2 is an art robot. It hangs on a board, wall, or white board and draws pictures bigger than all but the most expensive industrial plotters.
To run the Makelangelo you will need a Windows, Apple, or Linux computer 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.
The Makelangelo ships fully assembled – the electronics, motor mounts, and pen holder have been done by us. See recommended add-ons for more info.
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.
How does the Makelangelo 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!
Makelangelo Recommended Add-ons
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. We recommend a board 36″x48″x0.75″ (~A0) and 18″x24″ paper (~A2).
To talk to the Makelangelo controller you will need USB Cable, A to mini B.
Want to go big? Order extra belt and servo extension cords for larger drawings. We can deliver up to 20m of belt in a single piece.
Questions before you buy? Want to go even bigger? Contact us.
Please visit the Marginally Clever Forums for technical support.
- A map of Makelangelos around the world. Find yours!
- the Makelangelo WYSIWYG software.
- How to setup a Makelangelo 3.2. Step by step from unboxing to ready.
- How to upload firmware. Our robots come with firmware installed, but sometimes you might need to apply an update.
Makelangelo is derived from the work of Paul Fisher. It is largely inspired by “Hektor”, by Jürg Lehni and Uli Franke.