I’m planning on building a mechanical drawing machine. I’ve been considering two general approaches, one is a motorized mechanical machine primarily made of metal while the other is a pendulum based, gravity driven device primarily made of wood. I’m currently leaning towards the motorized version.
- Adjustable drawing geometry. I want each drawing to be individual if I so choose
- Not messy – I’d like this to be clean and tidy
- Able to use multiple pens or pencils – modular
- I’d like the aesthetic assuming it’s metal to look clean, ie no left over labeling on metals and atleast scotchbrited finishes.
- Doesn’t need to have the motor functional – if the rest of the mechanics works, the motor can come later.
- Not too large, I don’t have much space to store it.
- I don’t have a lot of free cash for this, and with machined parts and a motor I think it would be easy to exceed the budget I’ve been planning on of around $150. I’m hoping I can do machining myself, and use left over stock from the lab I work in.
- I think I’m a little constrained by not having good access to a machine shop locally. I may be able to use the idea forge or similar though which could help.
- I’m limited in my skillset on getting motor systems to work. I understand alot of the mechanical part but lack skills in the motors. Perhaps the electronics lab can help with this?
- I’m honestly fairly time constrained as well. Work and school are very intense right now, and I don’t have time to design and machine 20 components so this will be a balancing act.