The AxiDraw Drawbot Writing Robot is a simple, modern, and precise pen plotter, capable of writing or drawing on almost any flat surface. It can write with fountain pens, permanent markers, and a variety of other writing implements to handle an endless number of applications.
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 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 your name. And it does so with precision approaching that of a skilled artist, and ¡ª just as importantly ¡ª using an arm that never gets tired.
The pen holder fits a wide variety of pens, including Sharpie fine and ultra-fine point markers, most rollerball and fountain pens, small-bodied whiteboard markers, and so forth. You can also use implements other than pens, such as pencils, chalk, charcoal, brushes, and many others.
AxiDraw is not a kit that you need to assemble; it ships assembled and thoroughly tested, ready to use just minutes after you open the box. Its sturdy, rigid construction features smooth rolling wheels on custom aluminum extrusions, specially designed for high stiffness and light weight. Careful design and solid construction give AxiDraw significantly higher precision and speed, as compared with competing and previous generation machines.
The AxiDraw comes fully assembled, tested, and ready to use, right out of the box. A 12V 2A power supply is included with the AxiDraw, and a B-type USB cable. Assuming that you've installed the software first, you can be up and plotting within minutes of opening the box.
To operate AxiDraw, you will need a reasonably modern computer with an available USB port (Mac, Windows or Linux), plus internet access to download necessary software. Pens and paper are not included. (You can use your own! AxiDraw does not require proprietary pens or paper.)
AxiDraw is normally controlled through a set of extensions to Inkscape, the excellent, popular and free vector graphics program. Basic operation is much like that of a printer driver: you import or make a drawing in Inkscape, and use the extensions to plot your text or artwork. It's all handled through a straightforward graphical user interface, and works cleanly on Mac, Windows and Linux.
Usable pen travel (inches): 11.81 ¡Á 8.58 inches (Just over US letter size)
Usable pen travel (millimeters): 300 ¡Á 218 mm (Just over A4 size)
Vertical pen travel: 0.7 inch (17 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.