The core product of the Palimpsest project is a series of digital prints. I didn’t know of any simple/existing way to make the images I wanted, so I built a robot to do the job. The code side features an Arduino/Processing controller. The hardware is built around a Makerslide rail, a digital microscope, and a found typewriter roller. All the guts are housed in a custom built, powder coated steel case.
I’m still unsure if I consider the device a sculptural object (and therefor part of the artwork) or a tool like any other in my shop. The presence of kinetic devices can often distract from quieter objects like prints, so I may exhibit the images on their own in the future.