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I like fountain pens, I like ink, I like paper and i like machines. So I use them togerther. The below image started out as a doodle and I felt I should see it through to the finish. The image is drawn using a Lamy Safari with and EF nib. The paper is 110# card stock and the ink is Aurora Blue. If you enjoyed this drawing I have others on my YouTube channel: Joseph Solinger



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Very cool that you were able to figure out how to do this. Not exactly my style, but to each his own right?


Again, very nice work.


"Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind" - Rudyard Kipling
"None of us can have as many virtues as the fountain-pen, or half its cussedness; but we can try." - Mark Twain

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That's really neat! Thanks for posting.

I do have a couple of questions. How is the design plotted? (I noticed that there were times when the design did not go the way I would have expected). Is it the same kind of software as for embroidery machines (or 3D printers)? Or is it more like a mechanical system (like the automaton in the movie Hugo -- if you've seen it)?

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth


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"It's very nice, but frankly, when I signed that list for a P-51, what I had in mind was a fountain pen."

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The drawing starts out as an image or a doodle that I like. Then I recreate and refine them to my liking using software like Inkscape which leaves me with a vector drawing. Then I convert the vector drawing to machine language using Vectric software. After some editing and finishing the machine program I set up one my pens in the cnc milling machine, setting the the angle to approximate how I hold a pen and setting contact pressure. I load the program and let the cnc mill do the drawing.


inkstainedruth, I think a Hugo-esc drawing machine would be an outstanding building experience. This works as a technically evolved version of such a creation. The cams, gears and linkages are now replaced with motors and electronic timing control. The mathematics remain the same.


I found a short video of an early robot:



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Wow! That was really cool! Thanks for posting the second link as well.

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"It's very nice, but frankly, when I signed that list for a P-51, what I had in mind was a fountain pen."

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Nice work, never seen a mechanical use of Safari before :)


I'm always mesmerised by my old plotter doing its job. Got felttip pens for it, thought about trying a rollerball but never considered an FP.


Any way to make a machine ourselves? Thats very neat!

If you don't already own any commercial CNC or Plotter/cutter... best intro might be to look into reprap 3D printers.


Homemade 3D printers like reprap prusa would be easier to hack than something buying commercialised, cheaper than buying a Makerbot or Up!.

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