Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!


Egg-Bot Session for MadCamp

Eggbot Anatomy
Photo by Windell H. Oskay,

Good gosh! We’re less than two weeks out from MadCamp, which is what they are now calling BarCampMadison. It’s set for Saturday, August 27th, 2011.

So here’s the thing, I’m planning on doing a session titled “An Introduction to the Egg-Bot” in which I’ll show up with an Egg-Bot, my MacBook, and a whole bunch of eggs, and walk through plotting on eggs with a CNC drawing robot.

Here’s where you come in… You may have seen some of the things I’ve plotted before, and I’m trying desperately to create some new designs before MadCamp, but I will welcome anyone who wants to try their hand at it to bring an SVG, and we can try to plot it.

Maybe you want to check out Thingiverse, or for some inspiration. It’s not quite that simple though… So here’s what you should do:

  1. Install Inkscape
  2. Create a new file with a size of 3200px by 800px
  3. Read this entire tutorial
  4. Make your drawing

OK, that one bit, “Read this entire tutorial” may not be 100% necessary, but you need to at least skim it to understand how things work. You can’t have any filled areas, as everything is done with strokes. You can do more than one color, but you need to separate them by layers. Extremely complex designs can take 10+ minutes, and the session will only last about an hour.

Anyway, feel free to bring your logo in the right format, or some other piece of art you’d like to see on an egg. Or, you could send me the file ahead of time and I’ll try to prep it and give it a quick look over.

(For bonus points, install the Egg-Bot extension and the Hershey Text extension along with Inkscape and you can try plotting from your own computer.)

Egg Egg
Maybe you’ll get an Egg Egg of your own!


Raster Eggs!

It’s almost Easter, and Easter is almost Raster, so here my friends, are a collection of Raster Eggs we made just for you.

This collection features such favorites as “Egg Egg”, “Rebel Alliance”, “Z2”, “dead egg”, “Sleeping Cat”, “Officer Egg”, “Pioneer Plaque”, “Lasers” and more!

But wait! You also get such favorites as “Yuri’s Night Egg”, “Open Hardware”, “Nutrition Facts”, “Cow”, “Emma” and more!

(P.S. Don’t tell anyone, but these Raster Eggs are actually Vector Eggs. We’re tricky like that.)

File Under: Egg-Bot


A Few Good Eggs…

A Few Good Eggs...

Some of our favorite eggs from the Milwaukee Makerspace Grand Opening last weekend… There’s a “Milwaukee Monkeyspace” egg, and even a VEGAN egg!

We gave away a lot of good ones, like the Rebel Alliance egg, but I’m sure we’ll be printing more very soon.


Makerspace Eggs

Milwaukee Makerspace Egg

As I mentioned previously, the Milwaukee Makerspace Grand Opening & Mini Maker Fair is coming up (Saturday, April 9th, 2011!) and since I plan to bring Egg-Bot, I figured I should have something to show…

So why not this Milwaukee Makerspace Egg!

If you want one, bring your own egg to the open house. (Or I’ll try to remember to bring a bunch of eggs.)


It’s another stippled piece, as I wasn’t loving the way the line version was coming out (I think I need to play with the pen speed settings a bit more) so I figured the stippler would do for now… also, it takes a while to complete, so you get to watch the Egg-Bot in action.

Facebookers, you can RSVP if you’d likeā€¦ I hope to see you there!