This Diamond Engraving Tool for EggBot turns your EggBot into a vibrated-tip diamond-point engraving tool, capable of light-duty marking and engraving on hard materials like glass, stone, and ceramic.
The version of the tool comes with the circuit board assembled, tested, and ready to use. (There is also a separate soldering kit version, available here.)
Photo: engraving directly into the surface of a clear glass ornament
To install the Engraving Tool, you will need the same basic tools normally required by the EggBot: a miniature phillips-head screwdriver (for adjusting motor current) and the 5/64" ball-end hex wrench that came with your EggBot kit. The Precision Egg Coupler accessory is strongly recommended (but not required) for use with the engraver.
Photo: engraving directly into the surface of a stone (white marble) sphere. Click for larger image.
Compatibility The tool works with the Basic or Deluxe EggBot kit, as well as the Ostrich EggBot using an extension cable.
An extension cable for use with the Ostrich EggBot is now included with the tool. (If you have an older tool and need to use it with an Ostrich EggBot, you will need to obtain an M-F servo extension cable.)
Photo by EggBot user Dan Newman, showing the result of etching the outer paint layer off of an ornament.
The kit includes the diamond-point tool, an upper pen arm assembly that features a stiffer-grade hinge, high-speed vibrating motor, a driver board for the motor, and a cable that allows it all to be directly powered and controlled by the EggBot's EiBotBoard (EBB). It is worth noting that the Engraving Tool is considerably louder in operation than the EggBot itself, particularly when engraving brittle materials. You should also be aware that the engraver contains sharp parts (the diamond, in particular!) and that there is always risk of shattering when you engrave glass. Take care to exercise proper safety precautions. Detailed usage instructions for the Diamond Engraving Tool are available on the Evil Mad Scientist Wiki.
Photo: By etching the paint off of surfaces you can create interesting masks for light-- tiny and exotic lampshades.
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