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The latest Make It Last Build Series Dispatch, #6, went out today. It includes the last build instructions for this project. It covers understanding the parameters that you’ll need to consider in your machine (e.g. diameter of the spools you used and the size of your draw area), how to set up and calibrate your Drawbot, and setting up your first draw program. You can access the latest newsletter here.

And don’t forget to upload photos of your work to the MAKE Flickr pool (tag them: makeitlast) so you’ll be eligible for a chance to win cool prizes — see more details below and on the Make It Last landing page. Deadline for entries is 11:59 PST on Thursday, March 3, 2011. Any images are eligible, they don’t have to be of a finished, working drawing machine. We’d love to see your progress pictures, even if you’re just getting started!

Check out these great prizes you could win:

First Prize:
* MPLAB® ICD 3 In-Circuit Debugger
* Explorer 16 Demo Board
* F1 Evaluation Platform
* MPLAB® Starter Kit for PIC24F
* MCP 1640 Single Cell Boost Converter for Energizer® MAX AlkalineAAAA
* Energizer® Night Strike Swivel Light
* $50 Maker Shed Gift Certificate

Second Prize:
* F1 Evaluation Kit
* MPLAB® Starter Kit for PIC18F MCU
* MCP 1640 Single Cell Boost Converter for Energizer® MAX AlkalineAAAA
* Energizer® Night Strike Swivel Light
* $25 Maker Shed Gift Certificate

Check out the Make It Last Landing Page for more details on this project and all of the materials on our first two projects (the Datalogger and the Robot Plant).

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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