I was really impressed with the Axidraw once I was able to get it running. Its movements are very precise and showed no jagged stepping at all. I used a Uniball pen and a felt marker and both came out great. The real problems were mostly on the software side. The Axidraw uses a program called Inkscape that looks like it’s from more than ten years ago. It was pretty clunky but could still load SVGs. I would ideally like to see some functionality akin to the way laser cutters can be run directly from Illustrator or AutoCAD. The text was also pretty cumbersome as I was required to enter what I wanted to write into a dialogue box that then “rendered” out the text as single line vectors. Unfortunately, once you write something, it can’t be changed! The website however offered some really interesting links. I had a lot of fun with the stippling algorithm, but it would be nice if there was a way to translate the radii of the circles into Z values, instead of just drawing different circles.
I’m looking forward to playing a bit more with them when I get some extra time.