Step 11: The Software

I used Visual C# 2008 Express Edition, the software works great and was very easy to use.

My source code can be found at http://blogs.msdn.com/coding4fun.

When the code is published I will provide the exact link.

A full explanation of the code is explained in the comments.

Tweaks and calibrations are also hidden within the comments.

Program files added.
Nice job. Is it possible to make it computer-controlled? (I want to "print" on wood using a laser)
I might suggest that one could start with a drafting machine. They can be bought for cheap on eBay. I think it would be easy to modify one for this project. The units are sturdy and stable and have a low effort precision mechanism.
AWSOME!!!! Great job! Was it cool to meet Eric in person??
It was awesome! He's a great guy.
excellent job....really impressed!!!.....i will try to make one......please tell me if you sell the product.....
Nice drawingboard. But what also could help is adding a counterweight for the Y mechanism. Now it spending a lot of energy in lifting, dropping (down) it is easy so that's much faster than the lifting (up). Probably you won't need those strong engines... Goodluck with this modification.
so basically its a giant cnc... nice!
Cool. I am making a 3d printer and this is the same concept.
You should make one that can erase itself like go across and so you wouldnt have to erase it. Great instructable!
Not often I'm lead to an instructable from an entry at hackaday, good job. I'm book marking this so I can come back and look it over more closely later.
Awesome- I love plotters, they remind me of GCSE IT classes. Nice write-up, but try not to nest comment boxes (like the first image on step 5)- you can't read the middle ones without looking at the page source code. Otherwise, top notch.
I will fix that!
if it controlled through your computer, you should download some CNC machining software and have it control the pen tip. you could have the computer draw digital files of perfect circles or complex diagrams. there are other tutorials explaining how to create your own CNC machines which are the same concept except they use cutters instead of ink. Even though ur idea is completely impractical it kicks ass. If i ever become a teacher this is probably the first improvement ill make.
<a rel="nofollow" href="http://spritesmods.com/?art=whiteboard&f=had">Something similar,</a> but using different mechanics.<br/>
Nod, thats the one I have seen before.
That's great! a definite +1 from me. Perhaps add more coding examples? I have thought about making a robot that writes based on light.
Thank you! All of my code will be on Coding4Fun, I am almost done with the article. It will be posted shortly.
Awesome! I really like this idea.
One of the coolest things i have seen in awhile. Very nice job,
Aside from being incredibly cool... this probably qualifies for the robot contest.

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