Thursday, 27 August 2015

mDrawBot Kit - 4-in-1 Drawing Robot

Vendor: MakeBlock
Type: Robot Kits
Price: 229.99

mDrawBot is the world's most fully-featured 4-in-1 drawing robot. It can be assembled into 4 different configurations which have been named: mScara, mSpider, mEggBot, and mCar. This kit consists of over 60 components, including beams, brackets, motor, etc. It also comes with a specially-designed software named mDraw to control these robots.

mScara: mScara is a SCARA (Selective Compliance Articulated Robot Arm) driven by stepper motors. When you attach a pen to mScara, it can draw pictures on a flat surface. You can also turn mScara into a desktop laser engraver replacing the pen with a laser diode.

mSpider: mSpider is a drawing robot which can draw pictures on a wall or a white board. Two stepper motors control the movement of mSpider though strings. Its drawing range can be expanded by increasing the length of the strings.

mEggBot: mEggBot is designed to draw on things that are improbable to print on, such as eggs, baseballs, or ping-pong balls. It can be used to write letters, draw expressions on spheroid, or draw Easter eggs.

mCar: mCar is a three-wheel robot car, which contains 2 stepper-motor-drive wheels and a ball-caster wheel. It can draw its own movement tracks on flat surface. Use chalk instead of a pen to draw on the floor.

Technical Specifications

  • Frame: Anodized Aluminum
  • Voltage Current Frequency: Input AC 100-240; Output DC 12V
  • Main Controller: Makeblock Orion (Arduino UNO compatible)
  • Connection: USB or Bluetooth
  • Package Contains: Aluminum Extrusion Parts, Plastic Timing Pulley 90T, Timing Pulley 18T Pen Lift Mechanism, Makeblock Orion (Controller), Stepper Motors, Stepper Motor Drivers, 9g Micro Servo Pack Cables, Other Hardware and Accessories 

Software Specifications

mDraw is the open source software specially designed for mDrawBot. After installing the mDraw software, you can import images that you wish your robot to draw. It is completely compatible with the four forms of mDrawBot.

  • Supports both pen drawing and laser engraving
  • Supports custom settings of motor direction, drawing range, etc.
  • Supports saving parameters
  • Support SVG. file, conversion from BMP to SVG
  • Supports zooming, rotating, mirroring, and moving the SVG graphics
  • Supports Windows 7 or later. Will be available in Mac OS X, Linux soon.

How to Assemble

Download assembly instructions and user guide

from Maker Shed


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