The EggBot is a friendly art robot that can draw on spherical or egg-shaped objects from the size of a ping pong ball to that of a small Grapefruit – roughly 1.25 to 4.25 inches in diameter (3 - 10 cm).
You can use EggBot on all kinds of spherical objects. Use it to create the most impressive Easter eggs, personalize Christmas ornaments or even golf balls or light bulbs. The EggBot is not just a cool gadget; it’s also a great introduction to CNC (computer numerical control) and do-it-yourself robotics. All of the electronics and software are designed to be hackable and repurposable, so you could easily computer control an Etch-a-Sketch or create something totally new.
The EggBot software allows you to control the ‘bot from within Inkscape – a superb freeware illustration program – on Mac, Windows, or Linux computers. You can draw an image directly, trace a photograph, or import designs from other programs. You can also control the EggBot directly from many other programs that have the ability to send serial commands over a USB port.
The EggBot kit in the Elektor online store is the most popular of all; the Deluxe Version! The EggBot kits are recommended for ages 10 and up, although for kids under 13 adult supervision is recommended.
Universal power supply included! (with US-EU adapter).
|Manufacturer||Evil Mad Science LLC|
I bought my Egg-bot last year. I first read the newsitem and later saw a video and I just could not stop smiling! I was not in time for easter but I can tell you: you will find loads of occasions to put this little plotter to work (think birthday breakfasts, christmas-balls, glasses and even a personalized bowl) . There are accessories you can get (for engraving etc) but in the basis the Egg-bot is a plotter that prints with pens (you get some but you can use many). You can run it with with inkscape, to draw vector graphics on many curved items. It is easy to use but you should consider that if you want to use multiple colors on an item you have to switch pens for each color. That makes it somewhat slow and I end up using it for the single color items most. I had been using Inkscape before (it is open-source and simple the best software to turn an image you find online into a great looking vector) so I knew where to start but i assure you, it is nothing major to get to know. The Egg-bot kit itself is fairly easy to make. I am handy around the house but not an electronic engineer by trade. But I did not lack skills to get the job done and it is very well documented so, don’t let that be a blocking issue. The biggest downside to the whole thing is that Easter only comes once a year. But I can tell you one thing: I’ll be one popular dad this year!