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Simple Modkit Drawbot

A simple laser-cut (or hand-cut) drawbot using Lego gears, wheels, and motors, an Arduino board, and a Modkit MotoProto shield.

Simple Modkit Drawbot

Build a simple drawbot using old Lego motors, an Arduino, and a Modkit MotoProto shield. You can then program your drawbot to draw using Modkit Micro or the Arduino IDE.

Steps

Step #1:

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This is the finished drawbot.

Step #2:

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Build the stack of blocks shown in the last picture.

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  • Push the bottom of the motor (bumps side up), and small block through the cardboard.
  • And secure it with the long red block.

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First add the axle for the wheel, then the small and large gears as shown.

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Add the wheels and top cardboard layer.

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  • Attach the motors to the controller as shown.
  • Fit the battery as shown.
  • Add the marker.
  • Draw!