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mDrawBot is a 4-in-1 drawing robot kit, it can be assembled into 4 different drawing robots: mScara, mCar, mSpider and mEggBot.
mDrawBot is a 4-in-1 drawing robot kit, it can be assembled into 4 different drawing robots: mScara, mCar, mSpider and mEggBot.
mDrawBot is a 4-in-1 drawing robot kit, it can be assembled into 4 different drawing robots: mScara, mCar, mSpider and mEggBot.
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What is mDrawBot ?

mDrawBot is a 4-in-1 drawing robot kit, it can be assembled into 4 different configuration drawing robots: mScara, mSpider, mEggBot and mCar

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mDrawBot

Who are Talking about mDrawBot?

Reported by: Haxlr8r, TechCrunch, Xataka, Atmel, SlashGear, geeky-gadgets, technabob

This kit consists of Makeblock parts and we also designed a powerful software named mDraw to control these robots. mDrawBot contains over 60 components (and countless screws and nuts), here's the picture of all the components.

mDrawBot-components
mDrawBot-components

mScara

mScara is a SCARA (Selective Compliance Articulated Robot Arm) driven by stepper motors. If you install a pen on mScara, it can draw pictures on a flat surface. Replacing the pen with a laser diode, it can turn into a desktop laser engraver.

mScara
mScara
mScara-assembly
mScara-assembly

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. Theoretically, it can draw in a huge range by increasing the length of strings.

mSpider
mSpider
mSpider-assembly
mSpider-assembly

mEggBot

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

mEggBot
mEggBot
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mEggBot-breakdown

mCar

mCar is a three-wheel robot car. It contains two stepper motor drive wheels and a ball caster wheel. It can draw its own movement tracks on the surface. If you install a chalk instead of a pen, it can draw on the floor.

mCar
mCar
mCar-assembly
mCar-assembly

How to Use mDrawBot ?

Assembly

Each mDrawBot kit can be assembled into any of the 4 different configurations. We provide the detailed assembling instructions and you can build any configuration in an hour. The assembly instructions can be downloaded here: https://github.com/Makeblock-official/mDrawBot.

You can also use your own Aruduino UNO instead of Makeblock Orion. The wiring may be a little complicated, but it works well.

Arduino-compatible
Arduino-compatible

Software

After installing the mDraw software, you can import images and make the robot draw them. mDraw is a powerful software designed for mDrawBot. Here are some features:

  • SVG import
  • BMP to SVG conversion
  • Support Gray-scale laser engraving
  • Several customizable parameters including limit switch location, stepper motor direction, drawing range
  • Zooming the drawing with the mouse wheel
mDraw
mDraw

mDraw is an open source project hosted on Github. Fork it here:https://github.com/Makeblock-official/mDrawBot.

A Drawbot, and More than A Drawbot

mDrawBot is a drawbot (or 4 drawbots), and it's more than a drawbot. You can re-use the Makeblock robot parts in countless new projects and it's easy to extend the kit with new parts. Here are some examples of what you could do:

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We also provide 2 upgrade packs for mDrawBot: the bluetooth module and the laser engraver pack (500mW).

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WARNING: Please wear appropriate eye protection when using laser pack. The laser may produce toxic fumes with some certain materials. Make sure the good air ventilation of the working area. Keep it away from children and other people who are not familiar with using laser pack.

You can also design your own upgrade pack for your mDrawBot. By adding an accelerometer and gyro sensor, it can become a two-wheeled self-balancing vehicle. Add some additional Makeblock mechanical parts and it may transform into a XY plotter. The only limit is your imagination.

Who Is Creating mDrawBot ?

mDrawBot is created by the Makeblock team. Makeblock is an aluminum extrusion based construction platform that can bring your creations to life. With Makeblock you can make professional and solid robots, machines or even art projects. Imagination is your only limitation.

We're located in the Maker City - Shenzhen, and we are passionate about our product. We believe in the ideology of open source technology. We're open to share and we hope you can share with us.

Contact us: info@makeblock.cc

Why Do We Need Your Help ?

We are using crowdfunding to get market validation and quick feedback that will help to expedite our research & development. To make mDrawBot more user-friendly, we want to listen to all your suggestions!

Timeline

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Rewards

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 Stretch Goals

  • $100k ---- A free plastic egg and a pen for each mDrawBot. You can use them to test the mEggBot then make your own Easter Eggs.
  • $250k ---- A free attitude sensor for each mDrawBot. You can use it to build a self-balancing vehicle or even a self-stablized gimbal.

Contact Us

Another Project ---- mBot

FYI: Let me introduce our another project to you. mBot: $49 educational robot for each kid. mBot is a low cost, easy-to-run robot kit for kids to get hands-on experience about graphical programming, electronics, robotics. It is an all-in-one solution for robotics learning and designed for STEM education.

Check it here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1818505613/mbot-49-educational-robot-for-each-kid

Risks and challenges

The circuit boards and mechanical parts are from the existing Makeblock system. They have been field-tested by thousands of users since out last Kickstarter and proven to be solid. Several new mechanical parts have already passed testing and we have been testing the prototype for about 2 months.

The grayscale laser engraving function of mDraw (the software) is not completed yet, but it doesn't affect the function of this kit. We believe that it will be done before your mDrawBot is delivered to you.

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    mDrawBot without Makeblock Orion.

    Orion is an upgraded Arduino UNO board. If you have your own Arduino UNO board, you can use it to control mDrawBot. The wiring may be a little messy, but it works well.

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    mDrawBot with a Bluetooth Module.

    Sometimes the USB cable is annoying, for example, when you are trying to reform mCar into a two-wheleled self-balancing vehicle. We provide you with this package so that you could use the bluetooth instead of the USB cable. The bluetooth module is dual mode. Both 2.0 and 4.0 are supported.

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    mDrawBot with a Laser Engraver Upgrade Pack.

    With a Laser diode, you could upgrade your mDrawBot into a laser engraver. That would be REALLY cool!

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    mDrawBot with a Bluetooth Module and a Laser Engraver Upgrade Pack.

    Now you get them both! Nothing is cooler than that! Well, except the Death Star...

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    mDrawBot Distributor Pack.

    You will receive a distributor pack of 7 of mDrawBots (standard version) at distributor pricing for market research and resale. Free Shipping for United States and European Union.

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