The plotting machine

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The plotting machine

This is an interesting use for an old plotter. It is able to hold a pen, a scribe, even an LED light for making drawings using a camera and a long exposure time.

We converted a plotting machine into an output device, that can draw, scratch or cut with almost any traditional drawing technique, in order to achieve aesthetics looking neither drawn by hand nor produced with only a computer. Most interesting and inspiring are all the little mistakes this machine produces, because of too much data, too much water, color, pressure etc.

The plotting machine – [via] Link

14 thoughts on “The plotting machine

  1. Sceptic says:

    Wait – you converted a plotter into a plotter?

  2. Tobor Redrum says:

    That was exactly what I thought.

  3. aliekens says:

    Sceptic, that is what I wanted to post too. People have converted a plotter into a plotter… Look, I have converted my car into a “car machine,” and now it makes funny errors when I drive around!

    Come on Make:, there’s definitely better projects out there than this one.

  4. missuna says:

    please check out the website, before making fun about it. did you ever see a plotter that can paint with watercolours or ink?–error/

  5. Mike says:


    Exactly, this is not your ordinary plotter! Very cool.

  6. Fingerhut says:

    Wow, amazing stuff! I have seen this thing in a documenting movie. The machine went to the water bucket, the color buckets and after a certain length of the stroke it went back again to get some more color or clean the brush to get some other color – and all of this automatically, sick!

  7. Kiloman says:

    Nice Shirts!

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