Make a machine, build the passive parts and operate it manually
For the assignment we made a drawing machine. It is a portable device that makes drawings in vertical surfaces. Our machine consist only of two motors, toothed belts and a marker. By the means of geometric triangulation and gravity, our machine draws, with a custom software, pre-assigned images.
Our machine is controlled by an open-source bespoke software written in Processing, running inside Arduino. A geometric path-finding algorithm calculates the motion paths required by the fragile mechanical installation to move smoothly and negotiate image with gravity.
You can download the files HERE
First we started with the design of the structure and all the pieces that will allow our machine to adapt to any vertical surface. For that, we used the laser cutter machine and the 3D printer.
My personal contribution to the project was the 3D modeling of the gear and the modular bases design.
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