We recently got our hands on a one of those cutting machines to make templates for papercraft projects. These machines are great for cutting out templates on paper, cardstock and vinyl. You can also stick a pen on it to draw things. This can be pretty handy because you can use that feature to create outlines of objects or use a scoring pen to create folds.
One of the fun things you can do make artwork from your favorite coloring book. Ladyada’s Coloring Book, R is for Robots is a super awesome collection of art that is full of beautiful lines and shapes. The cover however wasn’t setup as an outline for 2D draw-bots 🙂 Luckly, Adafruit open sources everything so I was able to take the PDF and turn the vectors into outline shapes. A lot of the original artwork is maintained in the PDF so there was a good amount of tweaking involved to get the outline right. I thought I’d share the SVG with the community so if anyone has a draw-bot, they can make their own. It’s just the cover but the rest of the book is relatively easy to setup. Here’s a little timelapse of the robot drawing, well, a robot. Happy crafting makers.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.