Robot Drawing Machine Can Draw Or Write Anything With Perfect Penmanship

December 15, 2016

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This is a video demonstration of the $475 AxiDraw 3 available from Evil Mad Scientist. It can draw or write anything using any kind of pen with incredibly precise precision (I'm a wordsmith) and is about to put hand-written wedding invitation calligraphers out of business. Rise up, calligraphy warriors! Prove the pen is mightier than the sword. Honestly, as much as I hate robots, I kind of want one because my handwriting is terrible. You know why? "You have awful hand-eye coordination?" What? No -- because I'm a doctor. I always found it unnerving that doctors have such complete shit penmanship yet you're supposed to feel safe with them slicing you open and rooting around inside. I can't even tell if this is a D or a G and I'm supposed to believe you can take my appendix out without cutting my penis off?

Keep going for the video, then let's go halfsies on one and open a handwritten wedding invitation Etsy store.

Thanks to Dust, who signs his name with a smiley face at the end to bring cheer to whoever sees it.

  • Jeff Buehring

    I've got an old 11" x 17" seven pen Ink plotter that does this exact thing. I used one in high school drafting 25+ years ago, patterns text fonts, and everything. This ins't even new, let alone original.

  • Gilbert

    I'm waiting for the first news story involving one of these and some enterprising kid who sells a "note from mom" for $20...

  • GeneralDisorder

    That wouldn't make the news. Well... actually it might and that's sad.

  • Damon Sherman

    I remember they used to have gift card machines that had these in them.

  • Meh

    This sounds a little like already said plotter, or just a fucking printer. What is the point.

  • Titty McNipplefondler

    google "autopen"

  • PurpleHelmut
  • Wonfis

    Printers don't give you texture like a physical pen does. If you accept that it's usually obvious to everyone when something has been printed instead of written out, then the difference should be clear.

    Also, given that it seems to work with any kind of pen and medium, I suppose this can be used on things a printer or plotter doesn't handle well: either materials unsuitable to be printed on (I'm thinking something stiff, or something sticky, or sensitive) or "inks" unsuitable to print with (I guess glues, etching acids, other solvents, who knows?). Maybe even a touch pen and tablet (though why you would is another question).

    On top of that, it's lightweight and compact compared to your usual printer. The point is, there's a niche for this. Even if it does exactly what a plotter does, it's still cool. Plotters are cool!

  • I could just watch that video over and over.

  • Bertw192

    Sweet, a forgery machine. I've been meaning to get one of those.

  • Mirar

    So it's a reinvention of a "plotter"? https://www.youtube.com/wat...
    Used for millions of years by architects and technomancers to make blueprints until just recently replaced by laser and inkjet printers.

    You can even have them wield knives: https://www.youtube.com/wat...

  • Titty McNipplefondler

    No, more like an autopen. AKA, the thing that got Donald Rumsfeld in hot water back in 2004.

  • GeneralDisorder

    Somebody give that bitch a lozenge. Or mute the audio...

    A versatile plotter does sort of make sense. I remember my middle school replaced its wood shop with a tech lab. They had a huge plotter and the ink for them was an approximate fortune because they were super specialized cartridges. Granted it could do four color printouts. So it was a pretty cool machine. Seems you could attach a head to hold 4 or more different pens on this thing. Have it fully automate. You just have to have something tell it what kind of pen it has.

  • TalonDesigns

    Exactly.

    But, this story actually makes me want to take apart my plotter and convert it to something portable like this. It would be pretty neat to just have something small to put on your kitchen table and print out things for the kids to color.

  • Corky McButterpants

    So... a printer then?

  • TalonDesigns

    Yeah.. Let me just grab a sharpie and figure out how to make it work in my printer.

  • PurpleHelmut

    This printer can use pens https://youtu.be/7OgBVNS9-O0

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