Running the jackpot and fluidnc, playing with Ecam and looking to do a tool change. As is I copy/pasted the tool change instructions, the gcode runs to that point, the programs pauses and prompts for a tool change and a probe, but everything is just locked up at that point. After the physical change I try to run the probe and nothing moves, I get a ‘probe failed’ error. All the controls are basically locked out, I’m guessing because the program is paused, and as far as I can tell there is no way to do anything besides shut it down.
Related, if I pause a cut I can’t find any way to work the tool at all or just terminate the program except by hitting the reset button next to the pause button, which kills the origin and I have to re-home it and reset origin before I can try again. Is there any way to just kill a program without taking everything back to square 1?
Is this just a weak spot with the way the fluidnc processes the code? Going back to my other cnc I can stop, reset, move the tool, choose a line to restart at etc. It’s more ‘fix a srew-up’ friendly. The longer I use it, the fewer the screwups become, but they sure are more aggravating :laugh:
The issue here is how would you change lines? I would like to be able to move and have it return but I also have not tried very hard. I kinda assume we can do that, like filament change in Marlin.
I have a linux CNC machine but that serves one line at a time from a special board and linux install. So you can fast forward and rewind but without a full system hooked up I am not sure how I would change where it is at in code.
My other nonpro system will allow you to enter a gcode line number and it will go there or you can skip from z move to z move, but neither will let you scroll the gcode file and select. Very useful for restarting a botched job.
LinuxCNC can do this, runs on a computer (is an operating system for a computer) and can have various skins / interfaces. I use it with a GUI called “QTPlasmaC” for sending GCode / controlling my plasma based LR3. A key here is the laptop. One can definitely gain that kind of functionality on a LowRider, but (at least for this approach) would mean using a computer to control it.