I’ve been very slow to create posts these last few months. I like to think it’s not due to laziness, but just that I’ve been so busy playing with other projects. I’m pushing myself to write up the more interesting ones. These days I’ve been obsessed with machines that draw. The biggest of these projects has been my wall plotter, nicknamed YAWP (Yet Another Wall Plotter).
A wall plotter (also known as V-plotter or polargraph) works by moving a pen around a vertical (or slightly angled) drawing surface by means of two motors attached to string or a timing belt. Although wall plotters are really just very slow, low resolution printers, the potentially unlimited scalability and numerous variations in the output make them compelling to watch. Because of their simple design and because it’s fun to watch a machine drawing with a pen, they are far more engaging than a typical desktop printer.