To celebrate one year since finishing the tattoo machine, I thought I would upload a new diagram I have been working on for my portfolio. This is an exploded perspective of the final tattoo machine. Almost everything that is not labeled is a 3d printed part (which can be found in my previous tattoo machine post) or a stepper/servo motor. For clarity I decided not to add in all of the screws and nails that were required to put this piece together as they should be fairly obvious by the hole placements in the 3d printed parts.
I have made some minor changes to the logo to make it work better as a homepage, with changes such as centering the logo and making it so that none of the triangles disappear. Clicking on a triangle no longer arbitrarily changes the color of the logo, and instead will lead you into the website. Currently I have pop-up notification stating that the website isn’t complete, but eventually it will lead you into the website navigation page.
This logo is very similar to my first one but does a few things that that one didn’t. I removed all of the boundary lines and changed the background so there is more “integration with the background field” (thanks sheri). I am quite pleased with the results, though the changing colors is a little over the top. I haven’t exactly decided what colors I am looking for in this logo and I was getting a little bit tired of the same blue color so this at least switches it up a little bit.
This new logo is really very similar to the one in my previous logo post. The only differences are that it is slightly smaller, has a white background, and small gradient of color values. I changed the gif looping from infinite to just once to make it look less like a page-load icon however for some reason that means it can no longer be hosted on wordpress.com so you need to click the icon to view it move. The triangles are still hard to see on the completed ‘G’ and the soft shadows around it don’t look as good as I had hoped.
This idea is a little bit of a change from the first logo as the triangles that make this up one are larger, all the same color, and much more regular in their spacing and size. I split the letter ‘G’ up into 29 parts and then animated them in a way similar to the Interactive Images. One problem that I have with it is that it looks a lot like a page-loading icon which is interesting but probably not quite the look I am going for. Also, once the ‘G’ is loaded it is difficult to see that it was once made up of small triangles which makes it loose a lot of the effect. The nice thing about the ‘G’ when it is made this way is that it is very easily scaled and easy to read even at a very small size.
The color was a little bit much in the previous logo, but now they are not interesting enough. For my next logo iteration I will probably go back to a white/light colored background with a mid-toned and colored logo. I am thinking that I will make each triangle a different hue so as the ‘G’ unrolls it transitions from one color to another which allowing the viewer to see that it is made of triangles.
My first attempt at a logo for my new website. Currently it has too many similarities to a color-blind test, and it doesn’t scale very well because all of the colors run together. Ideally the final logo will be on a white background but the colors I used don’t look very good with white behind it so I had to use a light shade of grey.
After 3d printing over forty different iterations and test pieces, these are the final 17 that are used in the tattoo machine. If for any reason you want the .stl files just PM me and I will send them to you. I hope this project inspires some people to make their own tattoo machines or something even cooler!
These photos depict the final design for the digital tattoo machine. The machine took one a half months from start to finish and I have learned a lot from building it. There are still a few areas which aren’t perfect, but it functions well enough to do outlines of any design that you give it. The only area I see that really needs to be improved is filling in a shape as that has caused some difficulties.
The tattoo machine can be calibrated to any size arm and it only takes 25 minutes to get a high resolution scan. From there, small tattoos take anywhere between 1 and 3 minutes whereas longer ones that need to be filled in can take up to half an hour.
A lot of the code is just taking example code from the AF_Motor library as well as the Firefly Firmata and making slight changes to them. The calibration uses both Processing and Arduino but the tattoo drawing just uses Arduino thanks to the Firefly plugin to Grasshopper. Below the code is also two low res images of the grasshopper files.