Estlcam +Rambo 1.4?

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  • #98585

    Gary
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    Hi,

    My MPCNC is running Rambo 1.4.

    Is Estlcam able to control the MPCNC directly with the Rambo 1.4? In it’s hardware setup it shows Arduino Mega – I believe Rambo is a mega based board? If Estlecam does work with the Rambo, do any of the default setting/pinouts etc have to be changed?

    I was about to buy Estlcam when I saw some posts from mid 2018 saying that Estlcam no longer supported anything other than Uno

    TIA

    Gary

    #98589

    Gary
    Participant

    OK, contacted Estlcam’s developer directly and found that ramps based boards are not supported. Very disapponting as Estlcam has some great features when directly connected…

    Gary

    Australia

    #98590

    Aaron
    Participant

    There’s some screw shields for the 2560 on tindie, and I think someone developed one for estlcam use with pololu style drivers, and they posted it here.

     

    You can use an uno and a CNC shield as well, fairly cheap. Genuine Uno’s are somewhere between 5-12 USD, and CNC shields are $15-ish with drivers.

    #98622

    Gary
    Participant

    Thanks for the heads up on the tindie stuff. Nice looking board that is designed for the MPCNC that runs Grible there.

    cheers

    Gary

    Australia

    #98657

    Aaron
    Participant

    Thanks for the heads up on the tindie stuff. Nice looking board that is designed for the MPCNC that runs Grible there.

    cheers

    Gary

    Australia

    You can use any grbl board on the mpcnc, there’s nothing specific about the mpcnc that requires a special board. In fact, I would recommend grbl, unless you use the dual endstop firmware as GRBL doesn’t support more than 3 axis.

     

    EDIT: I see that ESP32 board with 5 drivers running grbl. I see two limit switches for each one, but I’m curious how that works, so I’m checking the schematic to see how the endstops are setup. Mostly curious if they’re just in series and require both to close/open to trigger it.

    #98668

    Gary
    Participant

    Aaron,

    My MPCNC is running the dual endstops – that’s why that ESP32 board really interests me.

    Everything is currently running well on my recently completed Rambo 1.4 build, It’s just that I’d like to avoid transferring stuff from one program to another continually, hence why I’d like to ultimately run Estlcam as a direct controller…..

    Gary

    Australia

    #98669

    Aaron
    Participant

    Aaron,

    My MPCNC is running the dual endstops – that’s why that ESP32 board really interests me.

    Everything is currently running well on my recently completed Rambo 1.4 build, It’s just that I’d like to avoid transferring stuff from one program to another continually, hence why I’d like to ultimately run Estlcam as a direct controller…..

    Gary

    Australia

    ESTLcam doesn’t run on the ESP32 board, and ESTLcam doesn’t support 5 separated drivers on the Mega either, I think. I emailed Bart to see what how that board handles the endstops as neither GRBL 1.1 or 0.9 do more than 3 axis/stepper channels, unlike Marlin on the Rambo 1.4 which has 5 stepper channels. GRBL currently just clones the axis, they are not separate at this time. If you use ESTLCAM as the controller (replacing marlin or grbl), then you may have to wire up the endstops in series so that it triggers once both switches are activated.

    #98677

    Gary
    Participant

    Ah, I thought Estlcam would work because it listed GRBL in its cnc controler setup list….

    Oh well, Estlcam for creating gcode, and Repetier to run it…… Unless there is anything better you can suggest?

    Gary

    Australia

    #98921

    Jan Walter
    Participant

    Is is the 1.3 mini Rambo supported by Estlcam?

     

    #98941

    Bill
    Participant

    No. EstlCAM only supports their design of the Uno + shield natively. But we only use EstlCAM for CAM, not for control. That’s done with either Repetier-Host or files on a SD card and the display.

    #98943

    Jan Walter
    Participant

    I like this. Is this possible with an other software ?

    (its German, but see min 24:53)

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