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Universal G-code sender

Discussion in 'Control Software' started by Lodds, Jul 31, 2017.

  1. Lodds

    Lodds Well-Known
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    Hi,
    I have just built a C-Beam CNC from a kit. I am having problems with the G-Code sender at least I think it is the sender that is causing the issues.

    When sender a file to the CNC X-Pro the X-pro seems to obey the instructions but the router never is lowered enough to cut the wood.
    Can someone please offer advice as to how I tell the X-pro where in world the X,Y and Z planes the router bit is
    I have lined up the bottom left corner of the wood i'm trying to work with and set everything to zero but still no joy.
    I of course may have to totally wrong end of stick and it could be something else causing the issue.

    Again thank you for your advice, seem i may be spending most of my retirement asking novice questions.

    Tony
     
  2. Peter Van Der Walt

    Peter Van Der Walt OpenBuilds Team
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    Try out CNCweb from CNCPro.co - Home - it has much easier CAM than MakerCam (saw your other post at Inkscape to Makercam ) and is also a) free, b) easier to understand, c) has a more active support community than Makercam, d) has built in machine control (so do CAM and Control in one application, instead of two different applications.

    Follow the Installation instructions: CNCPro.co - Home then follow the Grbl setup instructions: CNCPro.co - Home to make it work with the Xpro

    (Disclaimer, though now retired, i used to be the lead developer of LW/CNCweb for the first 18 months of its existence - the new team is doing a steller job though)

    On the control tab, you can set all axes to zero. In settings you can pick whether you want to deal with complex machine coordinate systems (for a beginner, set Show machine = off in Settings, Machine) , and theres a nice Set Zero dropdown menu next to the Digital Readout on the Control tab. CAM is pretty powerful too

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  3. Lodds

    Lodds Well-Known
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    Thank you I will certainly look at this software.

    I'm also considering Cut 2D Desktop, it's just over £100 but seems easy enough to use.

    Tony
     
  4. Julius

    Julius Veteran
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    when youre in the corner you must reset the work 0
     
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