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A curated list of code and resources for computer-controlled drawing machines and other visual art robots.

Contents

Hardware

Plotters

Motor Controllers

Accessories and Adapters

Pens

Software

HPGL

HPGL is a serial/text-based protocol used by most old pen plotters, and even many new vinyl cutters.

G-code

G-code is a text-based standard for controlling CNC machines. Though it was designed for industrial machines, its use in many hobbyist 3d printer firmwares has made it ubiquitous in small-scale DIY projects as well.

Plotter Control

Software for controlling plotter hardware.

Vector Creation

Tools to create vector artwork from scratch or by conversion from other formats.

Vector Utilities

Tools to manipulate and optimize vector-based file formats.

Fonts

Single-line vector fonts or "engraving fonts".

Inspiration, Instruction, and Research

Blog posts, articles, tutorials, galleries, videos, et cetera.

Manuals, Ephemera, Papers, and Patents

Scanned plotter manuals, marketing ephemera, academic papers, and patents. Thank you to the Internet Archive for most of these.

Manuals

Sorted alphabetically by company name and product name.

Ephemera

Papers

Patents

Community

Where to find other plotter and drawbot friends.

Plotter Art For Sale

Other Awesomes