Egg-Bot Up for Pre-Order

Evil Mad Science Spherical Printer Shipping Soon

For those of you who couldn’t cough up the big bucks for the Up! personal portable 3d printer, here’s an interesting alternative that might just suit a more modest budget.

The guys over at Evil Mad Scientist Labs have just announced that their Egg-Bot is available for pre-order, and will be shipping by the end of September.

So what’s an Eggbot? It’s a machine capable of drawing on spherical or ellipsoidal surfaces. You might say, a pen plotter for spherical coordinates. Or a simple but unusual CNC machine, ripe for hacking. Or an educational robot– and you’d be right on all accounts.

Evolving from the first prototype all the way back in 1990, this clever little unit comes flat-packed and takes an hour or two to assemble. There is little else for the user to do – it’s all controlled via Inkscape and therefore plays nicely with Windows, Mac and Linux.

Don’t let the name fool you. The Egg-Bot will happily print onto all manner of spherical and egg-shaped objects. So far it has been used on golf balls, ping-pong balls, Christmas ornaments, wine glasses, light bulbs (see below) and of course eggs.

Required dimensions for printable objects are between 1.25″ (32 mm) and 4.25″ (108 mm) in diameter. They recommend using Sharpie Ultra Fine Point Pens, but the unit can fit almost any pen-shaped implement. For answers to all of your questions, the Egg-Bot FAQ has plenty of info and there is more to discover in the EMSL product announcement.

I have no idea what I’d use it for… but I really want one!

Available to pre-order now at Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories for $195.

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Taylor Gilbert

That’s a remarkable device for such a low cost. Great find. I’m just not sure what I would do with it, but I would love to try to come up with something. It seems like a pretty specialized piece of equipment.

Kristen Turner

If those images are true to quality, this is SO EFFEN COOL.

Kristen Turner

I already left a comment. But I have to leave another one. I think I LOVE THIS THING.

Cary Swoveland

There are all sorts of possibilities this this bot. While it is now set up to be used with (open-source) Inkscape, it won’t be long before it can be used with Presentation, as well as with software that communicates directly (via USB) with the device. While it’s designed for drawing with a pen, painting with brushes, cutting, etching, burning (even sanding), with many different materials, seem possible. The motors could be removed for other uses, and on it goes.

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