Maker Faire

The Art Of Motion Control: Eggbot and Friends

Type: Maker Table/Exhibit
Program Area: Arts

Day/Time: Saturday and Sunday

Location: To be determined

Demonstrations of simple DIY motion control / robotic devices which use stepper motors connected to a PC. Two exmples: "Eggbot" (eggplotter), and a computer controlled Etch-a-Sketch.Demonstrations of simple DIY motion control / robotic devices that use stepper motors connected to a PC. Two examples: "Eggbot" (a computer controlled egg plotter), and a computer controlled Etch-a-Sketch.

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Presented by

bruce shapiro
creative robotics

I began playing with stepper motors and connecting them to PC’s about 17 years ago. It took me several months just to find out how to hook the things up and to write a simple program to control them. When I showed off my great achievement (two motors sitting on a desktop, moving under program control) to friends and family, everyone was sure I had gone off the deep end. The “so what?” vibe was loud and clear. Realizing that I needed a quick way to assure them that I was not insane, I came up with a project to “help” my kids with their Easter egg coloring: the first Eggbot (a plotter for eggs). Since then, I have been building larger and more complicated motion control devices as public artworks which have been installed in U.S. science centers (including the Exploratorium) as well as in Europe. And the Eggbot has become the DIY project I have used to teach youths at the Science Museum of Minnesota over the past six years.