Last year before Halloween, Evan used an AxiDraw hidden in a box to animate a ouija board. He also posted a progress video from before adding the LEDs and doing the lettering and finishing. It turned out beautifully!
Bigger!!! I extended the extension—now it’s a double pantograph!! The #axidraw #plotter draws ~8.5×12” out of the box. My pantograph increases that to 45×58”. The precision has gone hell and there’s some warping—
I will be at Science Hack Day SF giving a lightning talk on Creative Off-Label Tool Use featuring some of the cool and unusual ways people are using AxiDraw and other tools we make. I’ll also have an AxiDraw in the hardware hacking area to play with.
Science Hack Day is October 27-28 and is free, so register now!
P.S. If you’re doing something interesting and science or research related with your AxiDraw, please let me know!
Joanie LeMercier has been working on a project using invisible ink and different lighting schemes with the AxiDraw. He has posted a bunch of clips and pictures in his twitter stream with the heading “Invisible drawing.”
Like the AxiDraw V3/A3, the AxiDraw SE/A3 has an XY travel suitable for use paper up to 11×17″/A3 size. However, in place of the central extrusion that makes up the body of that machine, the AxiDraw SE/A3 has a central beam that is CNC machined from a solid billet of 6061-T6 aluminum, and then anodized to a sleek black finish.
This heavy, rigid structure — it’s a solid block of metal! — provides dramatically better straightness and stiffness, even compared to the already-stiff AxiDraw V3/A3. This design adds mass exactly where you want it: to the non-moving base that forms the X-axis of the machine. In order to keep the weight light where it matters, the moving Y-axis of the AxiDraw SE/A3 uses the same stiff and light custom aluminum extrusion that we use on the AxiDraw V3/A3.
We made a video showing off the SE/A3, and how it’s made:
Matt published an Axidraw vinyl/paper cutter project on hackaday.io. He made a longer barrel for a vinyl cutter blade holder to fix it in his AxiDraw V3/A3 pen holder, and notes the settings he used for successful cutting of cardstock, vinyl, and other materials.
Head over to his Matt published an project page for more details!