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Making Simple Robots by Kathy Ceceri

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Project: Make a littleBits Plotter

What Is a Plotter?

A plotter (Figure 5-1) is a machine that uses a pen or other art tool to draw a line image on paper or other physical objects by following a program or responding to real-time input.

The littleBits plotter in manual Turn mode
Figure 5-1. The littleBits plotter in manual Turn mode

What It Does

Because a pen plotter draws lines instead of printing dots like most modern printers, it can create a more exact copy of the image it is trying to reproduce. It is commonly used for large-scale drawings, such as engineering diagrams and architectural layouts, because it can accommodate long sheets or rolls of paper. And artists are ...

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