The AxiDraw V3 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. Its unique design features a writing head that extends beyond the machine, making it possible to draw on objects bigger than the machine itself.

Our video introduction shows you just a few of the things that you can do with AxiDraw V3:

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 — just as importantly — 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. It can even hold a fountain pen at a proper angle of 45° to the paper. You can also use implements other than pens, such as pencils, chalk, charcoal, brushes, and many others.

AxiDraw V3 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.

Who uses AxiDraw?

AxiDraw is used by a genuinely diverse range of people, including (to name a few):
  • Digital artists, using AxiDraw to plot their artwork
  • Celebrities, politicians, and elected officials, using AxiDraw as a signature machine
  • University officials and other educators, to sign diplomas and certificates
  • Educators, introducing students to digital design and fabrication
  • Real estate and insurance agents, who would very much like you to open their "handwritten" envelopes
  • Online retailers, including a personalized thank you note with your order
  • Hotels that would like to leave a personalized welcome note for guests
  • Makerspaces and hackerspaces, providing a versatile low-cost fabrication tool
  • Tinkerers, extending AxiDraw beyond writing implements (etching tools, lasers, LEDs for light painting, vacuum pick-up tools, etc.)
  • Pen and ink manufacturers, using AxiDraw to test their pens and inks
  • Smartphone and tablet hardware makers, using a stylus to test their hardware
  • Mobile device software authors, using a stylus to test their software
  • People without use of their hands, who would like to send "handwritten" letters
  • Research scientists, as a low-cost XY motion platform
  • Galleries, for numbering of limited-edition artwork
  • Calligraphers, who could use a little wrist relief for certain types of busywork

You can read much more about AxiDraw V3 on its product page at Evil Mad Scientist.

Where to buy AxiDraw V3

AxiDraw machines are available for purchase directly from Evil Mad Scientist as well as from select distributors:

We welcome new distributors; please contact us directly if you are interested in become a distributor.


The AxiDraw drawing machine is a project by Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories, working in collaboration with Lindsay Wilson of IJ Instruments Ltd.

AxiDraw machines are designed and manufactured by Evil Mad Scientist in Sunnyvale, California.

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The AxiDraw V3 ($475) is now available to order at Evil Mad Scientist.

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