I’m really excited about StippleGen. And, if you like drawing, robots, or drawing robots I think you’re going to be really excited about it too. StippleGen is a new free open source program released by our friends Evil-Mad-Scientist-Laboratories. If you’ve ever purchased or coveted an EggBot, you definitely know who they are.1
For most CNC machines (such as a MakerBot Unicorn, EggBot, or DrawBot) a traveling salesman / single line art drawing is easiest produce. Single line drawings are faster than drawings comprised of more than one line, since the drawing robots don’t need to spend time lifting up the pen. However, if you’re going to require a pen-lift for a drawing, you might as well do it with style – such as with stipples.
Definitely check out EMSL’s blog post announcing StippleGen for more information about this cool program. It can be used to create an SVG file showing a TSP-style path, a stippled image, and apparently a combination of the two.
- I cannot believe I didn’t go for the egg puns here… [↩]
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