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This page is the central documentation site for AxiDraw from Evil Mad Scientist.

Introduction to the AxiDraw

Getting started with AxiDraw: Essential documentation


Getting started with Inkscape:

Advanced topics and tips

General Usage

Typography and Handwriting-like fonts

  • Hershey Text, Inkscape extension, included with AxiDraw software, for drawing single-stroke text.
  • Make a free (outline) font based on your handwriting at
  • A compendium of information about single stroke fonts
  • A large number of scanned handwriting-like fonts are available for free at vLetter

Advanced design topics


Example files


For Developers

  • GitHub Project, where AxiDraw software is hosted
  • "Stand-alone" CLI version of the AxiDraw software, for command-line or shell use
  • AxiDraw Python API for plotting files and XY movement commands
  • EBB Command documentation, for direct control of the EiBotBoard control board that powers the AxiDraw
  • AxiDraw-Processing: Examples for driving the AxiDraw from within Processing
  • robopaint repository at github. RoboPaint is a stand-alone, Javascript-based application for driving art robots.
  • The "CNCserver" API, installed with and implemented by RoboPaint.
  • The higher-level "RoboPaint" API, installed with and implemented by RoboPaint.
  • The simplified "Scratch" API, installed with and implemented by RoboPaint.

Third-party software to drive AxiDraw:

Generative artwork and additional resources of interest to developers

  • ln, "The 3D Line Art Engine" is a vector-based 3D renderer written in Go. It is used to produce 2D vector graphics depicting 3D scenes.
  • TouchDesigner SOP to SVG pipeline, Targets the process of converting TouchDesigner Surface Operators (SOPs) to SVGs so they can be plotted or laser cut. Handy for use with procedurally generated geometry.
  • Pen Plotter Art & Algorithms explores JavaScript workflow with AxiDraw and generative art.
  • TurtleToy -- Turtle art creation with SVG output

Support Resources

Places for questions, answers, and sharing experiences:

Additional support resources:


Japanese (日本語)