Introduction: Analogic Drawing Pad

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In this tutorial you will learn how to create your own analogic drawing pad, something along the lines of an Etch a Sketch board.

Step 1: Parts

10x M4x25mm screws

34x M4 Nuts

2x big pulleys

8 x small pulleys

1x A4 size MDF board, 3mm thick

2x long wooden skewers

nylon wire

Step 2: Draw the Different Parts of the Pad on the Wooden Board

You will need to draw 10 pulleys in total. To draw the pulleys, just place them on the board and draw their contour.

Place de pulleys marked with “1” at 2cm from the sides of the board, and 5cm from the bottom of the board (the bottom of the board is the longest side).

Step 3: Lock the Pulleys to the Board, Using Screws and Bolts and Washers

Use 3 bolts in total for the small pulleys (the blue ones) and 5 bolts plus 2 washers for the big pulleys (the control pulleys -in red)

Step 4: Wrap the Nylon Wire Around the Blue Pulleys and the Control Pulleys

Watch this video to learn how

You can also watch this video if you struggle with the wiring.

Use a piece of cardboard to place two wooden skewers at 90° angles with respect to one another.

The skewers need to be long enough to reach the nylon wire on the top bottom left and right of the pad.

Step 5: Use Some Hot Glue to Stick the Ends of the Skewers to the Nylon Wire

If you’ve assembled all parts in the correct way, both skewers should be able to move freely around the pad (along the x and y axis of the pad).

Step 6: Create the Support for the Pen

We now need to create a support for the pen. Use a piece of cardboard to create it, then glue it to the other piece of cardboard hosting the skewers.