For the next few weeks, I will be writing and posting a series of MakerBot Unicorn Pen Plotter tutorials at wiki.makerbot.com/unicorn-tutorials both to help those who have a MakerBot Unicorn push this tool to the limit and to entice the curious to make a leap into this fruitful if unusual 2D re-purposing of your MakerBot 3D printer.
I will be alternating new tutorials with “print days” where I share loads of new things I have printed by releasing design and gcode files to Thingiverse.com. Please comment on the blog posts and Thingiverse.com releases to let me know how I’m doing — and what else you’d like me to write about.
Tutorial #01 Vector-Based Drawing
In my opinion, the MakerBot Unicorn stands proud among its peers not only because it is a swap-in pen plotter toolhead operated within the belly of a beefy 3D printing robot (already very cool), but also because of specific qualities this DIY pen plotter offers a designer: hella plotting speed, positional accuracy within the page (and from print-to-print), range of marking surfaces, range of marking implements, lightning-fast pen lifts, etc.
And most importantly, the Unicorn has a native illustrator’s “hand” (well, “horn”) that leads to a less “machine-flavored” result than I anticipated from a plotter.
In this first tutorial block I get you setup with the tools you need to jump right into basic vector design and printing by leading you through the whole process I go through to complete the print of the Cupcake exploded diagram, and along the way share a few design and printing tricks to make plotting with a MakerBot Unicorn far less elusive and mythological than getting this out of the other sort of unicorn.
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