July 30, 2013 AT 11:30 am

Mug Marker Artbot from Don McRae

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Don McRae shared his homebrew CNC “Mug Marker” project with the EMSL crew recently — a cardboard robot that draws on mugs. Here are some photos and notes from Lenore from EMSL:

Much like the Mug Plotter on Instructables, it uses the same EBB controller board and stepper motors as the Eggbot, but with linear motion for the pen instead of rotation. However, unlike that version, Don has incorporated the same winch-drive mechanism that we use on the WaterColorBot to provide motion for the linear axis– meaning that it can go fast or slow, with very good accuracy.

…The chassis of the machine is made from cardboard, either hand or laser cut to slot together, and held together very cleverly with pins. The whole machine is put together from a combination of off the shelf parts and found materials, many of which are laser cut for the correct shape. For software, Don uses the Eggbot Inkscape extensions with very reproducible results.

Read more about this great little machine and see more photos over at EMSL.

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