I’m building a dual endstop RAMBo MPCNC and definitely want something other than the LCD to control it.
My Preferred setup:
Hook up a SBC like a Raspberry Pi to control the CNC using V1Pi. Use my main computer for CAD and Cam, and uploading GCODE. Use a Steam Link to access the computer from the garage with a cheap monitor and KB/M. This seems ideal because I have access to my computer from both areas, I don’t have to worry about dust or temperature’s in the garage because the Steam Link is so cheap and requires no ventilation.
SBCs are expensive now! A RPI4 is $100 and that’s if you can find one in stock. I have a couple Pi Zero W’s laying around but I’ve read that they cant handle Octoprint/CNCjs. Would I have any issues running it on a Pi Zero W 2? Even they are 4x the normal cost but at least they are available. Are there any other compatible SBC’s that are in stock for regular prices.
I have a spare AIO computer that I could hook up to the MPCNC t run CNCjs (estlcam, UGS, pronterface… there’s too many options) I wouldn’t have to buy a Pi or monitor with this solution. I would still plan CAD/CAM on my workstation computer and just throw the files on my NAS.
Now I have to leave a computer in the garage which gets very hot and cold depending on the season. I have to worry about dust and debris getting inside. I have to leave my computer on the whole time the cut runs and hope Windows doesn’t pull any tomfoolery. I have to maintain another computer with software/updates/preferences/etc
Raspberry Pi’s got expensive! Should I:
- Suck it up and buy one (preferably a Zero 2 W) to run V1Pi. do CAD/CAM from my workstation, access the V1Pi interface and my computer using a Steam Link and cheap second hand monitor.
- Use my spare All in One desktop computer hooked up directly to the MPCNC. Just deal with the dust/debris/temperature and hope it doesn’t kill the PC. Not have to worry about buying a monitor and Pi
- Something I likely haven’t though about or at least haven’t mentioned.