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

Contents

Hardware

Plotters

Motor Controllers

Accessories

  • WiFi232 - Wifi to RS-232 serial via a DB25 plug. Control your serial plotter wirelessly.
  • 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.

Pens

Software

HPGL

HPGL is a serial/text-based protocol used by most old pen plotters, and even many new vinyl cutters.

G-code

G-code is a text-based standard for controlling CNC machines. Though it was designed for industrial machines, its use in many hobbyist 3d printer firmwares has made it ubiquitous in small-scale DIY projects as well.

Plotter-Specific

Software that is specific to a particular plotter or controller.

Vector Creation

Tools to create vector artwork from scratch or by conversion from other formats.

Vector Utilities

Tools to manipulate and optimize vector-based file formats.

  • svgsortstars203 - Path planning for plotting SVG files, reduces time spent moving with the pen up.
  • svgostars17.2k - 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-crowbarstars816 - Chrome-only bookmarklet for extracting SVG from an HTML document.
  • vpypestars407 - Plotter-focused Python-based CLI utility for generating and manipulating SVGs, including scaling and optimizing paths.

Fonts

Single-line vector fonts or "engraving fonts".

Inspiration and Instruction

Blog posts, articles, tutorials, galleries, videos, et cetera.

Manuals and Ephemera

Scanned plotter manuals and marketing ephemera from the Internet Archive

Manuals

Ephemera

Community

Where to find other plotter and drawbot friends.

Plotter Art For Sale

Other Awesomes

License

CC0

To the extent possible under law, Brian Boucheron has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to this work.

ON THIS PAGE

  1. Awesome Plotters Awesome
  2. Contents
  3. Hardware
  4. Plotters
  5. Motor Controllers
  6. Accessories
  7. Pens
  8. Software
  9. HPGL
  10. G-code
  11. Plotter-Specific
  12. Vector Creation
  13. Vector Utilities
  14. Fonts
  15. Inspiration and Instruction
  16. Manuals and Ephemera
  17. Manuals
  18. Ephemera
  19. Community
  20. Plotter Art For Sale
  21. Other Awesomes
  22. License
Last Checked At: 2022-01-24T04:44:45.986Z
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