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workbee_cnc_router [22.06.2020 09:11]
Pascal Suter
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Pascal Suter
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 |MDF|1/8 upcut 2-flute|spiralpocket | 7000 | 500 | no smoke| |MDF|1/8 upcut 2-flute|spiralpocket | 7000 | 500 | no smoke|
 |Valchromat (Colored MDF, slightly harder than regular MDF)|6mm straight 2-flute | 7mm | 10'000 | 2000 mm/min | some vibrations but acceptable quality that only needs slight sanding on visible edges | |Valchromat (Colored MDF, slightly harder than regular MDF)|6mm straight 2-flute | 7mm | 10'000 | 2000 mm/min | some vibrations but acceptable quality that only needs slight sanding on visible edges |
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 +===== G-Code Sender =====
 +my Workbee is using the GRBL firmware on a arduino together with a CNCshield on top of it. In order to send gcode to the arduino, a gcode-sender is used on a PC that is connected via USB. 
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 +currently i am using UGS (Univseral Gcode Sender) Platform edition. The reason why i chose this software is simple: i used it on my shapeoko and already kenw it. It seems though, that UGS crashes every now and then, leaving the machine stuck. i then need stop the job, disconnect from the arduino, reconnect and start over again. since the ardino still knows the machine position etc. I have a feeling this crash might happen on the UGS side. I therefore want to try different gcode senders in the near future. the two most interesting ones seem to be: 
 +  * [[https://​github.com/​cncjs|CNC.js]] - nice web gui, touch probe support, "​pendants"​ which are small ui's for small devices like phones etc. server can be run on a raspberry pi
 +  * [[https://​github.com/​vlachoudis/​bCNC|bCNC]] - basic CAM built in, accepts not only gcode but also svg and dxf. curretly i do the CAM work on fusion 360 which is nice, but it might be simpler to have it integrated into the gcode sender, so it can be modified easily while standing at the machine.. the Fusion 360 interface needs quite a big screen to work with it smoothly and simple changes like changing the cutting speed means saving re-opening files etc. all the time.