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Here’s a round up of computer controlled Etch-a-sketches. A MAKE reader wrote in asking if there was a collection, so now there is -

  • ETCH CNC -[via] – Link.
  • Electr-O-Sketch – Link.
  • Computerized Etch A Sketch – Link.
  • MAKE VIDEO PODCAST: Computer Controlled CNC Etchasketch – Link.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.



  1. n3rrd says:

    I don’t understand why Neil (the computerized etch a sketch) was required by The Ohio Art Company to include those legal statements… seems rather silly. It’s not as though he was claiming he invented the Etch A Sketch.

    I’d take them down if it were me.

    Cool projects, though.

  2. RussNelson says:

    Wow. Everything old is new again. I did one of these back in college …. 1979. Same technology: two stepping motors coupled to the shafts. I had a stepping motor controller, which took care of sequencing the coils in response to a pair of TTL inputs: step left and step right. Controlled two motors, too. Hooked it up to an IMSAI S-100 computer (8080 8-bit processor).

  3. patrickkeane says:

    Ohio art has a long history of being VERY VERY diligent about protecting their brand.