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A curated list of code and resources for computer-controlled drawing machines and other visual art robots.
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Sep 16th

Inspiration and Instruction

  • Journal Intime II - One of Vera Molnár's notebooks, dated 1983–1985
  • May 21st

    Manuals and Ephemera

    Manuals

  • Apple Color Plotter User's Manual
  • Programming CalComp Pen Plotters (1968)
  • Commodore 1520 Printer Plotter Manual (1983)
  • Commodore 1520 Printer Plotter Manual
  • Control Data 165/165-2 Plotter Manual
  • HP 7475A Graphics Plotter Operation and Interconnection Manual
  • HP 7570A DraftPro Plotter Hardware Support Manual
  • HP 7585B Drafting Plotter Service Manual (1983)
  • HP DraftPro Plotter User's Guide (1986)
  • HP DraftPro Plotter Programmers Reference (1986)
  • Radio Shack TRS-80 Plotter Printer Manual
  • Roland DXY-880 Operation Manual (1984)
  • Roland DPX-3300 Service Notes (1987)
  • Roland DPX-3300 Schematics (1987)
  • Siemens C1613 Plotter Manual (German)
  • Manuals and Ephemera

    Ephemera

  • Time Share Peripherals TSP-212 Brochure
  • Hewlett-Packard Journal Volume 29 Number 1 - Multiple articles about the development of the HP Model 9872A and 7221A pen plotters.
  • Hewlett-Packard Journal Volume 32 Number 11 - Multiple articles about the development of the HP Model 7580A plotter.
  • CalComp Precision Graphics System 900/728 Brochure (1970)
  • Digital Plotting Newsletter (1967)
  • Versatec Printers and Plotters Brochure (1977)
  • Versatec Printer/Plotters, Plotters and Output Systems (1981)
  • Roland Users Group Volume 2 Number 4 (1984) - Computers and Plotters Take the Place of Drafting Tables and Pencils article on page 36 (PDF page 40).
  • Omega-t Systems FasPlot Plotter Brochure
  • Commodore Computer Plotter CBM 8075 Brochure (German)
  • Strobe Model 100 Graphics Plotter Brochure (1980)
  • Community

  • DrawingBots Discord Forum - Discord forum with an active community.
  • Jan 27th

    Hardware

    Plotters

  • Arduino CNC Drawing Machine - A fairly simple 3d-printed AxiDraw-style plotter with good video documentation.
  • Dec 28th, 2020

    Software

    Vector Creation

  • PlotterFun - Browser-based Image to SVG converter similar to SquiggleDraw.
  • Software

    Fonts

  • CNC Text Tool - Browser-based Hershey Text tool with export to SVG.
  • Community

  • PlotterFiles - Community for sharing SVG files for plotters.
  • Other Awesomes

  • awesome-3d-engines-for-plottersstars54
  • Dec 11th, 2020

    Software

    HPGL

  • Chiplotle on Parallel Port - Tweak of Chiplotle to work with a parallel port connection.
  • Nov 30th, 2020

    Plotter Art For Sale

  • Marcel Schwittlick
  • Nov 28th, 2020

    Plotter Art For Sale

  • AndyMakes
  • Nov 7th, 2020

    Plotter Art For Sale

  • Paul Rickards
  • Oct 11th, 2020

    Plotter Art For Sale

  • Pedro Alcocer
  • Oct 2nd, 2020

    Inspiration and Instruction

  • The Best XY Plotters in 2020 - Good overview of the AxiDraw and its clones, plus some DIY options.
  • Jun 3rd, 2020

    Software

    Vector Creation

  • makio135/plotter - An Observable notebook collection full of plotter-oriented work.
  • May 15th, 2020

    Inspiration and Instruction

  • How to Draw Generative Art with an Axidraw Pen Plotter - Lots of nice tips, not all specific to the Axidraw, plus some pen reviews and handy 3d-printed tools.
  • Plotter Art For Sale

  • Jessica In
  • May 12th, 2020

    Plotter Art For Sale

  • Michelle Chandra
  • May 11th, 2020

    Plotter Art For Sale

  • Nadieh Bremer
  • Mar 17th, 2020

    Software

    Fonts

  • svg-fonts - Single-line fonts in an SVG format, mainly for use with the Hershey Text Inkscape plugin.
  • Software

    Vector Utilities

  • vpypestars373 - Plotter-focused Python-based CLI utility for generating and manipulating SVGs, including scaling and optimizing paths.
  • Feb 24th, 2020

    Plotter Art For Sale

  • Arjan van der Meij
  • Feb 15th, 2020

    Inspiration and Instruction

  • An Intro to Pen Plotters - Good info on getting started with old HPGL plotters.
  • Feb 13th, 2020

    Software

    Vector Creation

  • cozyvecstars56 - Web/Standalone terminal environment for plotter art and tweet plots.
  • Plotter Art For Sale

  • brubsby
  • Jan 21st, 2020

    Plotter Art For Sale

  • Geoffrey Bradway
  • Nov 29th, 2019

    Software

    G-code

  • gcode-generative-for-processingstars19 - Processing library, aiming to create gcode from simple shapes. (Designed for usage with the Creality CR10)
  • Nov 7th, 2019

    Plotter Art For Sale

  • Andrew Heumann
  • Oct 23rd, 2019

    Hardware

    Plotters

  • 4xiDraw - Yet another 3d-printable AxiDraw clone w/ Arduino CNC Shield controller running grbl firmware.
  • Oct 19th, 2019

    Hardware

    Plotters

  • BrachioGraph - A cheap and simple plotter made from sticks, servos, and a Raspberry Pi running Python.
  • Inspiration and Instruction

  • Surface Projection - Deep dive into surface projection and hidden line removal using Python and penplot.
  • Plotter Art For Sale

  • Yuin Chien
  • Jun 28th, 2019

    Community

  • Plotter People - In-person meetups (SF and NYC so far) with talks and plotter art galleries.
  • Software

    HPGL

  • HPGLGraphicsstars13 - A Processing library for writing HPGL files.
  • Apr 8th, 2019

    Hardware

    Pens

  • JetPens – The Best White Ink Pens - A comprehensive review of many white ink pens, with pictures of their coverage characteristics.
  • Mar 17th, 2019

    Software

    Plotter-Specific

  • MP2300-Toolsstars3 - Software for converting HPGL to Graphtec's GPGL format, as well as CAD files for a Graphtec plotter pen adapter.
  • Feb 26th, 2019

    Hardware

    Plotters

  • Roland Pen Plotters - Vintage flatbed HPGL pen plotters. Search eBay for "roland dxy".
  • AxiDraw - Pen plotter from Evil Mad Scientist, very popular on #plottertwitter.
  • Line-us - A cute little kickstarted robotic drawing arm.
  • Makeblock XY Plotter - Hackable XY plotter kit (discontinued?).
  • Drawing Robot - 3d-Printable AxiDraw clone w/ Arduino CNC Shield controller running grbl firmware.
  • WaterColorBot - XY art robot and software to plot with watercolor paints.
  • EggBot - Pen plotter for egg-shaped and spherical objects.
  • HP Pen Plotters - Vintage desktop and floor-standing pen plotters from the creator of the HPGL standard. Model 7475A is very common and can usually be found on eBay.
  • Polargraph - The original polargraph hardware and software project.
  • Makelangelo - Open source polargraph artbot.
  • Hardware

    Motor Controllers

  • Raspberry Pi CNC Hat - Raspberry Pi add-on board w/ stepper controllers and a microcontroller running grbl. Interfaces with the Pi's serial pins.
  • grblShieldstars120 - All the stepper motor control hardware needed to turn an Arduino into a G-code-based motion controller using the grbl firmware. (adafruit)
  • TinyGstars756 - More featureful and robust 6-axis G-code-based motion control hardware. (adafruit)
  • Arduino CNC Shield - Grbl-compatible stepper motor control shield for Arduino, similar to the grblShieldstars120.
  • Hardware

    Accessories

  • Plotter Cable Pinout - Schematic for a plotter cable that will work for most HP and Roland plotters. Search eBay or Amazon for DB9 to DB25 Serial Null Modem Cable or similar to find them for sale.
  • WiFi232 - Wifi to RS-232 serial via a DB25 plug. Control your serial plotter wirelessly.
  • Software

    HPGL

  • Chiplotlestars19 - Python library for generating HPGL and interfacing with serial plotters.
  • HPGL Reference Guide - HTML-based HPGL Reference.
  • HP 7475A Interfacing and Programming Manual - Scanned PDF manual that contains a full HPGL reference.
  • djipco/hpglstars24 - A Node.js library to communicate with HPGL-compatible plotters and printers.
  • hp2xx - GNU tool to convert HPGL into other vector and raster formats. Can also be used as a previewing in X11.
  • vecstars15 - Example C code for generating HPGL, with a turtle graphics interface.
  • d3-hpglstars19 - An adapter for the HTML Canvas API so you can output HPGL using the popular D3 library.
  • HPGL Viewerstars9 - An HPGL Viewer using JavaScript and HTML5 canvas.
  • HPGL Senderstars9 - A web interface for previewing HPGL and sending it to your plotter.
  • Inspiration and Instruction

  • Pen Plotter Art & Algorithms - A two-part intro to creating generative graphics for plotting.
  • Fractal Generation with L-Systems - Techniques for creating line-based fractal graphics.
  • 1980s pen plotters of the future - Another intro to vintage pen plotters.
  • Pen Plotter Programming: The Basics - Some basics of programming vector paths, including sorting, joining, and simplifying.
  • On Generative Algorithms - Nice 13-part walkthrough of interesting algorithms.
  • Roland DG DXY-990 - Quickstart guide for a Roland flatbed plotter.
  • The Cohen-Sutherland Line Clipping Algorithm - Detailed explanation and examples of an interesting algorithm.
  • Vera Molnár - OG plotter artist.
  • Hektor - The original cable-based drawbot from 2002.
  • Pen Plotter Art & Algorithms - Introduction to plotters, AxiDraw, walkthrough of the penplot library.
  • Introduction to TSP art - Resources for traveling salesman problem (single path) art.
  • Hidden wireframe removal - Discussion and links to code for wireframe removal of STL files.
  • Hardware

    Pens

  • Sharpie Fine Point Plotter Adapter - 3d-printed adapter to fit a standard Sharpie in an HP-GL plotter.
  • Parametric 3d-Printable Plotter Pen Adapter - Adjustable model to print adapters for various pens.
  • Plotter Pen STL Models - Accurate STL models of both short and long standard plotter pens.
  • Pens for AxiDraw - List of pens suitable for general plotter abuse.
  • Pens for EggBot - Egg- and glass-focused pen recommendations but still generally applicable information.
  • Software

    G-code

  • grblstars4.4k - A high-performance G-code interpreting firmware for the Atmega 328 microcontroller and Arduino.
  • cncjsstars1.6k - A web-based interface controlling CNC machines running grbl, TinyG, or other G-code-based firmware.
  • node-gcodestars25 - Node.js-based G-code interpreter and simulator.
  • svg2gcodestars46 - Node.js-based command line utility for converting SVG to G-code.
  • svg2gcodestars71 - Python-based utility for fast SVG to G-code conversion.
  • jscut - A web-based utiltity for converting SVG to G-code.
  • Universal-G-Code-Senderstars1.3k - Java-based grbl-compatible cross-platform G-code sender.
  • ChiliPeppr Hardware Fiddle - Modular web-based workspaces to visualize G-code and control hardware.
  • Software

    Plotter-Specific

  • axidrawstars327 - Official AxiDraw extensions for Inkscape.
  • axistars234 - Unofficial Python library for the AxiDraw v3.
  • xystars64 - Utilities for the Makeblock XY Plotter Robot Kit.
  • LaserGRBLstars717 - Laser-optimized Windows GUI for grbl controllers. Could be repurposed for DIY pen plotters that use a solenoid for pen up/down movements.
  • Line-us Inkscape Pluginstars5 - Sends drawings to the Line-us plotter directly from Inkscape.
  • Line-us API Examplesstars92 - Example code for the Line-us plotter's G-code-based API.
  • @beardicus/line-usstars19 - JavaScript library for controlling the Line-us machine from Node or the browser.
  • PenPlotterstars99 - Polargraph controller that uses repetier firmware.
  • Makelangelo-firmwarestars125 - Firmware for the Makelangelo polargraph robot.
  • RoboPaintstars109 - Software for the WaterColorBot.
  • AxiTurtlestars12 - Turtle graphics for AxiDraw in Processing.
  • GRBL-Plotterstars333 - Plotter-optimized Windows GUI for grbl controller with SVG and DXF import, and flexible pen up/down control.
  • saxistars312 - Driver and library for the AxiDraw. Uses constant-acceleration motion planning and automatically resizes to paper.
  • Software

    Vector Creation

  • Inkscape - Popular cross-platform open source vector graphics editor.
  • p5.js - "JavaScript library that makes coding accessible for artists, designers, educators, and beginners".
  • Paper.js - "The Swiss Army Knife of Vector Graphics Scripting".
  • lnstars3k - Vector-based 3D renderer written in Go.
  • autotracestars274 - Converts bitmap images to vector graphics.
  • stipplegenstars316 - Creates interesting stippled drawings from bitmap images. (blog post)
  • SquiggleDraw - "SquiggleDraw will create a SVG file from an image, using the brightness to change the amplitude of sine waves".
  • svgurt - Web-based PNG to SVG creative noodler.
  • maptracestars107 - Produce watertight polygonal vector maps by tracing raster images.
  • Drawbot_image_to_gcode_v2stars114 - Creates G-code for use on drawbots.
  • blackstripesstars70 - Turns a PNG image into a SVG line drawing.
  • Ribbonstars208 - Ribbon diagrams of proteins in written in Go.
  • penplotstars246 - A development environment for plotter art in JavaScript.
  • penkitstars115 - A Python library for creating line-based SVG graphics.
  • generativeExamplesstars51 - Example Processing code that generates plottable PDFs.
  • Let's make map - Web-based tool to export an SVG map from Mapzen tiles.
  • SuperformulaSVG for web - A generative line art web app.
  • scribbleplotstars35 - Scribbly image transformations in Processing.
  • Maker.js - Library for creating 2D vector drawings for CNC and laser cutter machines.
  • Turtletoy - Browser-based JavaScript turtle graphics API with SVG export.
  • Software

    Vector Utilities

  • svgsortstars192 - Path planning for plotting SVG files, reduces time spent moving with the pen up.
  • svgostars16.8k - Node.js-based tool for optimizing SVG files.
  • Polargraph Optimizerstars56 - Optimize drawing plan for a polargraph.
  • penkit-optimize - An SVG optimizer that uses a vehicle routing solver to minimize plot time.
  • svg-crowbarstars811 - Chrome-only bookmarklet for extracting SVG from an HTML document.
  • Software

    Fonts

  • Summary of single line fonts - Good information and links to other resources and fonts.
  • Hershey Vector Font - .fnt format of vector fonts from the 60s. Includes a good overview of the original data format of the fonts.
  • hershey-fontsstars39 - C library and original font data for the Hershey fonts.
  • OneLineFonts.com - Commercial site with some single-line fonts available for purchase.
  • Community

  • #plottertwitter - Twitter hashtag with lots o' plots.
  • Plotter Art For Sale

  • Customized Streetart - Customizable maps with optional pen plotter output.
  • Feb 20th, 2019

    Plotter Art For Sale

  • Martin O'Leary
  • Jan 19th, 2019

    Plotter Art For Sale

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