saxi is a tool for interacting with the AxiDraw drawing machine by Evil Mad Scientist. It comes with an easy-to-use interface, and is exactingly precise.
- automatically scales & centers your drawing to fit on the paper
- minimizes pen-up travel time by reordering & reversing paths
- uses a custom motion planning algorithm (inspired by axi) that's smooth & fast
- automatically splits apart layers based on SVG stroke colors or group IDs
- has a web-based UI, so there's no need to muck around with installing X11 and Inkscape
- can run on a Raspberry Pi or similar, so you don't need to be tethered to your plotter while it plots
$ npm i -g saxi
Server listening on http://0.0.0.0:9080
Connecting to EBB on /dev/tty.usbmodem1461
If you encounter an
EACCES error when installing the package globally, see Resolving EACCES permissions errors when installing packages globally.
To install saxi on a Raspberry Pi, first install node.js if you haven't already:
$ curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_12.x | sudo -E bash -
$ sudo apt-get install -y nodejs
and then proceed as above :) If you connect to the raspberry pi over ssh, you might want to run the
saxi server inside a tmux or screen session to have it stay running even if your ssh session disconnects.
For the Pi Zero you can make a USB "OTG" cable out of two Micro-B cables and two 0.1" headers to tap into the AxiDraw's 5V servo supply to power the Pi. This makes for a more compact installation without the need for an additional wall-wart.
+------ Center pin on servo rail
| +---- Ground pin on servo rail
Red -----+-|---- Red
Black -------+---- Black
White ------------ White
Green ------------ Green (sometimes Blue)
The Pi will also need to have the
dr_mode=host parameter set in
config.txt to force host mode, since normal USB Micro cables do not
ID pin that would be used to signal that it is an OTG
echo dtoverly=dwc2,dr_mode=host | sudo tee -a /boot/config.txt
If you want to connect to saxi from a web page that isn't served by saxi
itself, you'll need to enable
GET/POST requests will be denied by the browser. CORS is disabled by default as
a security precaution, but if you need it it's available. Just launch saxi with
saxi makes use of the low-level
LM command introduced in EBB firmware version
2.5.3 to carry out highly accurate constant-acceleration motion plans. If your
AxiDraw is running an older version of the firmware, saxi will fall back to the
less-accurate (but still pretty accurate)
To check what version of the EBB firmware your AxiDraw is running, run
$ saxi --firmware-version
EBBv13_and_above EB Firmware Version 2.5.3
To upgrade your AxiDraw's firmware, see here.
To work on saxi, you can clone this repo and then run
$ git clone https://github.com/nornagon/saxi
$ cd saxi
$ npm run dev
This will watch local files for changes. If you change the server code, you'll need to restart manually.
saxi's motion planning algorithm is heavily inspired by Michael Fogleman's axi project.
saxi's UI would be an ugly mess if it weren't for @kylestetz's discerning eye.
Thanks to Evil Mad Scientist for designing and building such a lovely machine!
These images were plotted by folks using saxi. If you'd like to add something you've made here, shoot me an email!
by Julien Terraz (@targz)
by Antoine Beyeler (@abey79)
by Lionel Radisson (@MAKIO135)
by Daniel Feles (@daniel_feles)