These small utility functions are not concerned with plotting, but rather lets you query information about the plotter or execute small commands useful for setup.
axi_version(options = axi_options()) axi_sysinfo(options = axi_options()) axi_toggle_pen(options = axi_options()) axi_align(options = axi_options()) axi_pen_test(tip_size, line_overlap, options = axi_options()) axi_pen_align(x_offset = 0, y_offset = 0)
The size of the tip (i.e. the width of the line it draws) of the initial pen
The overlap between adjacent pen strokes when filling out shapes and drawing thick lines, in mm. Setting this to a negative amount will cause gaps between the lines.
The offsets in mm to test
The different functions have various, unrelated, uses:
axi_version() returns the version of the AxiDraw software
axi_sysinfo() returns the EBB firmware version and system information
axi_toggle_pen() toggles the position of the pen (raises it if lowered
and vice versa)
axi_align() raises the pen and turns off the stepper motors so the
carriage can be moved freely.
axi_pen_test() will test the look of filled areas with respect to a
specific pen setting
axi_pen_align() allows you to test different offset values between two
pens to determine the correct setting.