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May 20, 2013 AT 2:00 am

MakerBlock and TInkerGirl Share Love for Drawing Robots @ Maker Faire Bay Area 2013

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I ran into MakerBlock and his family in the Expo hall near where I presented my “Getting Started With 3D Printing” talks, and he was eager to share his open source PlotterBot – Arduino Drawing Robot display, which is chock full of Adafruit goodness. (Check out his project documentation here — make your own PlotterBot!)

I loved his simple, elegant fishing line PlotterBot — that made expressive illustrations of the Tardis from Doctor Who, Nikola Tesla, and other images — and also loved that his daughter, TinkerGirl, had her own booth display of Spinning Robot Drawings at the table next to him.

While it might be true that I’m obsessed with pen plotters and drawbots of all kinds so they had me from the get-go, spending time chatting with the two of them back and forth about their passion for creating robots to create art with them — and watching the excitement TinkerGirl communicated to visitors to her part of the display — touched my heart and was one of my favorite authentic maker experiences at the Faire this year.

From the booth description for PlotterBot – Arduino Drawing Robot:

A PlotterBot or DrawBot is a robot that can draw really large mural sized images. It is easy and cheap to build using very common parts and tools. (Read more about PlotterBot.)

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And from TinkerGirl’s table:

Small spinning drawing robots made with motors and markers. (Read more about Spinning Robot Drawings.)

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