The AxiDraw is a simple, modern, precise, and versatile pen plotter, capable of writing or drawing on almost any flat surface. It can write with your favorite fountain pens, permanent markers, and other writing implements to handle an endless variety of applications. Its unique design features a writing head that extends beyond the machine, making it possible to draw on objects bigger than the machine itself.
The AxiDraw is an extremely versatile machine, designed to serve a wide variety of everyday and specialized drawing and writing needs. You can use it for almost any task that might normally be carried out with a handheld pen.
It allows you to use your computer to produce writing that appears to be handmade, complete with the unmistakable appearance of using a real pen (as opposed to an inkjet or laser printer) to address an envelope or sign one’s name. And it does so with precision approaching that of a skilled artist, and — just as importantly — using an arm that never gets tired.
Suggested applications include:
Place cards for formal dining
Signing diplomas and other certificates
Addressing envelopes and boxes
“Hand-written” wine lists and menus at restaurants
Decorating lunch bags
Computer generated artwork
Thank you notes and cards
Usable pen travel (inches): 11.81 × 8.58 inches (Just over US letter size)
Usable pen travel (millimeters): 300 × 218 mm (Just over A4 size)
Vertical pen travel: 0.75 inch (19 mm)
Maximum XY travel speed, rapid: 11 inches (28 cm) per second.
Native XY resolution: 2032 steps per inch (80 steps per mm)
Reproducibility (XY): Typically better than 0.005 inches (0.1 mm) at low speeds.
Major structural components are machined and/or folded aluminum.
Holds pens and other drawing instruments up to 5/8″ (16 mm) diameter.
Overall dimensions: Approximately 19.5 × 16 × 3.5 inches (49.5 × 40.5 × 9 cm).
Maximum height with cable guides: Approximately 8 inches (20 cm).
Footprint: Approximately 17 × 3.5 inches (43 x 9) cm.
Physical weight: 3.9 Lb (1.75 kg).
Shipping (Dimensional) weight: 11 Lb (5 kg).
Drive directly from within Inkscape, using the AxiDraw extension.
Alternative drive software: RoboPaint
Compatible with Mac, Windows, and Linux
All software free to download and open source
Internet access is required to download software.
Note: programming is not required to use the AxiDraw.
RESTful API available for full machine control, stand-alone or accessible by running RoboPaint in the background.
Simplified “GET-only” API available as well, for use in programming environments (such as Scratch, Snap) that permit only retrieval of URLs.
Direct EiBotBoard (EBB) command protocol available for use in any programming environment that supports communication with USB-based serial ports.
Code that generates SVG files can also be used to (indirectly) control the machine.