I came in last night for some advice with the general desire to design a Sharpie wielding printer. My goal is to automate the creation of sticky notes for both work and play.
The first thing I learned is that it’s called a plotter and there are actually two really cool options:
These both look like great alternatives at opposite ends of the price/quality spectrum. The Piccolo must be built, but the AxiDraw is so buttery smooth and mesmerizing…
Anyways, this is the high level vision:
PS: Thank you to Dan and Kevin for the extensive tour and everyone else that made it easy for the new guy
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