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XY-Plotter Robot Kit V2.0 - Advanced
XY Plotter Kit can be assembled as a drawing robot,it moves a pen or other instruments to draw digital artwork on flat surface. On the basis of Makeblock platform, XY Plotter can be developed to a laser engraver or others.
- Stronger aluminum extrusion parts than XY-Plotter 1.0, anodizing surface
- Dual-way transmission mechanism
- Improved pen rising mechanism
- Super easy-use stepper motor driver, A4988
- Updated main board -- Me Orion (Based on Arduino UNO)
- Easy-Controlled by mDraw
- Frame: Anodized aluminum
- Physical Dimensions (LxWxH): 620 x 620 x 140 mm
- Working area (XxY): 310 x 390 mm
- XY Accuracy: 0.1mm
- Max Working Speed: 50mm/sec
- Power: 100-240 V~50/60Hz AC/DC Power adapter, 12V/3.0A
- Main Controller: Makeblock Orion (Arduino UNO compatible)
- Software: mDraw
- Supported file types: .SVG, .BMP etc.
- G.W.: 4.3kg
- MEAS: 566 x 333 x 70mm
- User's Manual (Jun 24, 2014)
part 2: software. that part is not documented very well. after trying on several windows images, which all failed, i was a little disappointed. image 1 windows 7 on a very old laptop, where usb was not supported well. image 2 was 32b, which is documented not to be supported. image 3 windows 7.1, where mDraw immediately crashed. later, i found out, i had to re-install the visual studio supporting dll-s. then, on win7, by default, there is no usb-serial-converter-driver, which i also had to find and install. and then ... still nothing. until i brought the arduino to my office (image 4 windows 8, where everything is supported upfront) and re-flushed the the firmware. finally working! first drawings promising.
working environment: wind8 + win7.1 (with some tweaking) with the natively compiled mDraw. arduino IDE also working properly.
not so well working (and i did not yet find out the conditions): mDraw python. sometimes it's going, sometimes i don't get connection through the com-port. same on linux. because there is no native mDraw for linux, you're stuck with the python-version, which is or is not doing something.
what i'm missing: for teaching purposes (i'm also a teacher), i'd like to have a command-line interface. that would be given with python, but ...
conclusion: yes! i would buy again and i can recommend.
PROS: really great fun! all parts are nicely done, fit together and basically work. stability of the construction is good, but you have to be careful, because it's aluminium and that doesn't take maltreatment well.
CONS: software (esp the requirements) not documented very well, but doable. python interface does not work reliably, neither under windows nor under linux.
PROS: shipping from monoprice was extremly fast (compared to other things coming from the states, it took only 4 days to switzerland).
CONS: shipping was a little expensive and ups kept knocking on closed doors. i think, ups is specialized on office-deliveries, not on private households, where during daytime, no one will be present.
PROS: Nice kit, went together fairly easy
Picture instructions good but small.
CONS: One wrong part, a short shaft was too large diameter.
Have not been able to download software after repeated attempts.
PROS: Assembly was fairly straight forward after getting updated instructions. Make sure you check the type of Adruino board you own and download those specific instructions. Orion and Leonardo variations require two different setups. Good updated instructions and links to downloads can be found here, since the kit doesn't come with them: http://learn.makeblock.cc/xy2/
CONS: DOA part the kit came with is going to cost $$$ to replace