Printr Egg Boogie Board Bot

by gkrangan, published

Printr Egg Boogie Board Bot by gkrangan Apr 1, 2014



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Built this X-Y Plotter, by integrating parts from various sources.


  • a PrintrBot Simple frame and hardware (assembled only what was minimally needed for this purpose);
  • Egg-Bot electronics and the pen-holder attachment;
  • a couple of NEMA 17 bipolar stepper motors;
  • and a Boogie Board (Original 8.5 version) as the plotting/drawing surface.

I was initially taping an index card onto the print platform for testing purposes, but when I saw this Boogie Board at a toy store, it seemed like a perfect choice to be used as the writing surface. One can draw/write anything on it, and erase with a press of a button. Of course, it can still be removed and any other suitable surface can be taped or mounted on the print platform, as necessary.


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The software used is Inkscape with the Egg-Bot extensions.

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hi! great work! what kind of firmware do you use? because i'm trying to make a A4 xy plotter with the eggbot board but inkscape only accept a little area (like an egg :) ) and not A4

I think the boogie board is awesome, I just find it unusable because the "etch-a-sketch" pen makes the writing too thick to read – and if you try to write lightly, it doesn't come out. The PDF version is fine – it's just the "on-screen" representation. So I use a Wacom Inkling instead (loses resolution towards the bottom of the page) or a Livescribe (too large).
Maybe I have a different version of BoogieBoard to you, mine's just black, and I don't recall the pen looking like that.

Hahaha, I love it, because I already own a BoogieBoard. Just one question, apart from a really expensive way to export SVG to PDF, why for?

For no particular reason, actually. Just had all of these extra parts lying around. The Boogie Board part was an after-thought. I didn't think of putting it in there, until I saw it at a store and thought it might be a good drawing/writing platform, as it's very precise and erasing anything on it is very easy. For some odd reason just seemed perfect for this setup.