I searched and skimmed a bit and I’m sure these have been asked before. If so if someone can post a link I’ll go there and do some more reading and leave everyone alone
I’ve been using a cnc at my local makespace for a while now. I use vcarve to do the design work and generate the gcode and then feed it to USBCNC controller from planetCnC to do the actual work. Everything runs through the attached computer that actually AFAIK gives the line by line instruction to the controller, and I can pause it stop it etc by the keyboard as long as the computer is attached.
That’s what I’m used to, and I know enough to make the machine (generally) work.
I’m in the physical assembly stage of the Primo now and was looking at the shop for controllers etc and saw that they are running on grbl, which I’m completely unfamiliar with. And skimming topics here it looks like the designs are loaded and run by SD card like a 3d printer and this is putting me into unfamiliar territory.
So ?'s assuming I use the jackpot or other controller that V1 sells.
Is it possible to run the interface like I’m used to in order to do some simple controls, or is it like a 3d printer where you hit go and hope for the best? (I’m not a 3d printer pro either obviously). The shop machine has made some very expensive scrap wood for me and I don’t want to repeat that particular learning process.
Is it possible to connect basically a joystick to do gross setup movements, or is it only possible to use the touchscreen?
Can I take existing gcode and load it onto this controller and get the same results or do I need to re-do all my design work to make this work?
If I can load existing files, will I get the same results or will things be different with the different controllers?
I do some fairly deep cuts but I’ve learned to run the shop machine lightly with lots of passes or it misses steps ( and makes scrap wood). I’m guessing following the same strategy here will be needed but I look forward to being able to run in my garage instead of 30 minutes each way to the shop. But I am planning on using the shop computer to generate the gcode because vcarve is not at all budget friendly.