Special Needs of Pen Plotters

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27 Jul, 2020 05:49 AM

A small but vibrant community uses NodeBox to drive pen plotters. Many of them post mesmerizing videos of their plotters toiling away on Instagram.

I have recently been engaged in a fascinating thread with florisdejonge about some of the special needs of this community:


Images created in NodeBox by overlaying filled shapes are often not practical or even drawable by a pen plotter. Others, especially resampled paths, are drawable but force the plotter to needlessly raise and lower its pen a jillion times. There is a special art to crafting an image which is not only engaging but also plotter-friendly.

I have not yet succumbed to the lure of the plotter myself so am ignorant of many of these special needs. If I knew more I might be able to craft some plotter-friendly nodes to make things easier. It also occurs to me that pen plotter aficionados probably have many tips to share with each other.

Would any of you pen plotter experts or newbies care to start a discussion? All questions, complaints, and tips are welcome!


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