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Aaron Panone of Cambridge, MA, created a CNC art machine equipped with a cool Sharpie-holding jig that keeps the pen in contact with the paper.

The process of creating a “drawing” using a numerically controlled Sharpie is documented in a short video. Vector graphics are converted into a tool path and then a machine language which controls a 3-axis CNC machine retrofitted with a special fixture that holds a marker and mimics hand pressure during the act of drawing.

You can buy these images from MWM Graphics, and each drawing comes with the Sharpie used to draw it. [Via Core77]

John Baichtal

John Baichtal

My interests include writing, electronics, RPGs, scifi, hackers & hackerspaces, 3D printing, building sets & toys. @johnbaichtal nerdage.net


  • Anonymous

    To us old engineers, this is called a pen plotter and I was thankful they went the way of the dodo bird

  • Anonymous

    To us old engineers, this is called a pen plotter and I was thankful they went the way of the dodo bird

    • http://www.facebook.com/stephan.mantler Stephan Mantler

      Yeah. Talk about reinventing the wheel. I loved plotters though, awesome resolution (compared to the printers of the time) and no damned aliasing when drawing diagonal lines.

  • Anonymous

    To us old engineers, this is called a pen plotter and I was thankful they went the way of the dodo bird

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