grbl, gcode sender, and control panel?

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    Heath
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    So I’m looking to make the switch from Marlin to grbl and I have some questions.

    Am I understanding correctly that it needs an external gcode sender on a Pi, Laptop, or other computing device?  It can’t just execute gcode on an SD card in the LCD screen attached to the Arduino/Ramps, correct?

    Using a Pi running cnc.js gives control via a web interface. But then you still need a 3rd device to access that web interface.  Is there any other alternative?  I don’t have a computer to dedicate to my shop and don’t really want to do that.  I’d rather something analogous to the LCD screen/SD card if running Marlin.  Is there an easy option for a touch screen or a non-touch LCD screen to use with a mouse and keyboard or other type of control?

    #111094

    Jamie
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    What is it you hope to get from grbl that Marlin doesn’t do?  Not challenging your choice, just wondering.

    #111098

    Heath
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    Mostly I just want to learn it. But I’m also hoping to get better results with the laser.

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    #111107

    Aaron
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    Grbl’s laser mode is quite useful, sort of like a linear advance but for laser power.

     

    Try bcnc, I use it on the pi, great visualizer and even some cam generator plugins. Easy to switch laser mode on and off as well.

    #111164

    Heath
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    Looking briefly at bcnc, it appears to have a Linux GUI that can be used with a monitor and keyboard/mouse attached to the Pi rather than just a web GUI that needs another computer to access.  Is that correct?  If so, that may be exactly what I want.

     

    #111246

    Aaron
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    Correct. There’s also UGS which has a lighter resource requirement.

    https://wiki.protoneer.co.nz/Raspberry_Pi_CNC_User_Interface_SD_Card_Image_V4.10

    Here’s the image I used to use before, comes preloaded with bcnc/chilipeppr/ugs/cncjs, as well as firmware updater, grbl firmware updater, ssh enabled, and vnc servers already setup.

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