The pen holder on NextDraw and AxiDraw normally holds a pen (or other instrument) either vertically or at 45° from vertical. The Pen clip rotation stage is a lightweight adapter allows you to mount the instrument at arbitrary angles, and fine-tune that angle over a range of 90 degrees with a precision of 1 degree. This adapter is not normally needed in general writing and drawing usage. However certain precision applications — particularly those using the plotter as a general purpose XY motion control stage — may find this to be helpful. Some users have also found it useful for fine-tuning the angle that a pen is mounted at when using italic or chisel-tip pens in combination with the Italic pen adapter.
You can attach the rotation stage to the front face of the NextDraw or AxiDraw in two orientations, vertical or at 45° from vertical. These orientations, along with the 90° adjustment range, allow you to either adjust between vertical and horizontal, or between vertical and ±45° from vertical. Two small thumbscrews and an engraved bezel allow you to make adjustments and set the angle.
- Material: Anodized 6061-T6 aluminum.
- Size: Outer radius 64 mm, height 48 mm, thickness 4.6 mm (excluding mounting hardware).
- Weight: Approximately 11 g.
- Mounting hardware: included (2 each M3 flat head cap screws, M2 socket cap screws w/washers, 1.5 mm hex wrench).
- Made in USA
The pen clip is compatible with all NextDraw pen plotters, as well as AxiDraw V3 family pen plotters that mount the pen on a 2-hole vertical slide. This includes all AxiDraw SE/A3, SE/A4, SE/A1, SE/A2, AxiDraw V3/A3, V3/B6, V3 XLX, AxiDraw MiniKit, and all AxiDraw V3 units manufactured after February 2017. In case of ambiguity, please refer to the pictures on page 14 of the AxiDraw User Guide.
The pen clip rotation stage can also be mounted to the rigid end effector instead of the standard pen-lift stage.
The pen clip rotation stage can be used both with the standard or XL pen clip.