After doing my 4-foot x 8-foot test drawing yesterday with a black sharpie, my wife asked me if I could do different colors. I answered yes before I realized what I was doing and she quickly asked if I could make a banner for the kids’ school.
I know I can separate each color into its own gcode file and just replace the markers before each run, but I then thought about a way to get 3 or 4 markers on the 611 plate and alternate between them. In the Maslow CNC forum, someone suggested the idea of a tilted carousel…
If a stepper motor was installed such that it could turn the carousel, could the E0 driver on the mini Rambo work to turn it to the proper marker. If possible, you would need to do a simple post-process of the gcode to convert the Tx M6 commands to maybe a G0 E0x command where x is the stepper motor position needed for the appropriate marker to be in position…
I think if you put in a stop that prevents continuous rotation, you could readily home the stepper, like is done for x, y, and z axis. You wouldn’t have to remap anything / change the FW to make it work.
If you have a stepper available and a free extruder plug, then yes, it should work.
No need for any homing, just make it so the carousel is blocked by something so it cannot do a full turn.
-Set the carousel driver on a relatively low current
-put some kind of physical stop to prevent the carousel to do a full turn.
-Load your pencils in the carousel
-Now whenever you start a new job, add a little Gcode line to ask the carousel motor to do a full turn
-The carousel will turn until it meets the stopper
-The motor will skip steps until the Gcode command is completed
You are now homed.
This should be very easy to do, that sounds like a fun project actually.
I agree… I think homing won’t be a challenge. Only real challenge I see is figuring out how to mount the thing to the 611 plate. I’ve ordered a small stepper and a flange (for connecting shaft to the carousel)
Here are my tentative pieces to cut from 1/2-inch mdf or plywood. I still need to verify the size of the holes for the sharpies (think they need to be 3/8-inch) and the placement for the two screws on the base (need to get the flat mending plates to check dimensions). I replaced 3 sharpie holes with 1/4-inch holes to pass some bolts through to tie the two plates together. I’ll pass a small dowel through the hole at 11 o’clock on the top plate to strike the protrusion on the stepper support piece… 13 colors if it all works… I’ll have to figure out where to put the dowel so that it blocks a bolt hole and not a pen hole.
Just curious. Could you make the bottom circle larger than the top circle so that the pens were more vertical where they touch the paper? That way the sharpie is riding more on the tip of the brush part rather than the curved sides of the pen.
I guess drilling the holes at an angle would be a pain and probably not worth it.
Maybe this would be more of a ‘phase 2’ design idea
Could you make the holes at an angle outwards at the bottom circle (or tilted in at the top of the pin) from the center such that when in the pen is in the “hot seat” they are perpendicular to the draw surface?