Awesome Plotters Overview

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

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.

Fonts

Single-line vector fonts or "engraving fonts".

Inspiration, Instruction, and Research

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

Manuals and Ephemera

Scanned plotter manuals and marketing ephemera, mostly from the Internet Archive

Manuals

Ephemera

Community

Where to find other plotter and drawbot friends.

Plotter Art For Sale

Other Awesomes