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Discussion in 'Control Software' started by jamin35008, Aug 14, 2019.

  1. jamin35008

    jamin35008 Well-Known
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    I have recently stumbled across a Facebook post about the bCNC control and its auto leveling Z probe feature. I think this would be a great added tool for carving on curved or warped surfaces but wonder if switching from the OpenBuilds control to bCNC would be worth it just for that feature? Has anyone used both platforms and found one superior to the other? Are they both similar in functionality? Is the auto leveling feature something that might be added to the OpenBuilds control in the future?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Peter Van Der Walt

    Peter Van Der Walt OpenBuilds Team
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    CONTROL is aimed to ease the learning curve for beginners. When you become advanced we absolutely hope you do "outgrow" us at some point - as that means you grew your skills and grew as a person :)
     
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    I would have to say that I'm much more informed now about basic CNC'ing than a year ago but am I to the point to move onto something more advanced.......not sure. I really do like the simplicity of the openbuilds control and how frequently new updates and features are added. I just think that the auto level would be something really neat to incorporate into some builds. I guess it wouldn't hurt to download it and play around with it.

    Peter do you have any experience with the bCNC?
     
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    Autolevel is on the todo/wishlist Build software better, together - but has been since April Z probe - warp compensation · Issue #62 · OpenBuilds/OpenBuilds-CONTROL so don't expect it to arrive any time soon
    So for now, you'll have to look elsewhere if you really need it (not sure what you are doing, but surfacing your bed and fixturing with superglue and bluetape, you might not need levelling)

    bCNC is OK, nice features, works well. But man, its ugly (;

    Of course theres many more Grbl hosts, Candle, CNCJS, Chilipeppr, to name but a few - some of them also have autolevel
     
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    I couldn't have said it better.....it is ugly! That Github update page is pretty slick. Never saw that before. Thanks!

    I do have my bed surfaced. Was thinking of the feature for use on slightly warped pieces that are larger than my 4" jointer.

    Alternatively instead of using the auto level and if my stock was thick enough I was thinking of using playing cards as shims to level out the warp then start surfacing the piece from the high spot until I got it flat and then flip it over and surface the other side. Saw someone do that Youtube.
     
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    That's what I do on my planer since I dont have a jointer. Works awesome.
     
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    I haven't seen it done on the planner. Do you have a sled or a jig you put the material on to hold it in place?
     
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    Yep. 3/4" ply, 12-3/4" wide x 80" long. I covered it with 120 grit sandpaper. I use wood shims in the high spots with a dab of hot glue where the shim and the stock meet. Been using it a lot lately to prep before it goes on the Workbee.

    The first one I did took awhile, but now I can get it set up quickly.

     
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    Thanks Shawn my wife is going to kill me because now I definitely going to make another jig! Ohhhh I can hear it now, "now what are you making?" :)

    That's sweet and will save a lot of time being able to square boards in just a few minutes vs. surfacing on the cnc.

    Thanks for the video! Appreciate it!
     
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    No problem. It took me forever to pull the trigger on the planer. I wish I would have done it sooner.
     
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    If you want an easy solution that has the probing feature for surfaces and all kinds of other cool tricks, check out Estlcam. I have it and love it. I purchased the license and it was way more than worth it. I use it for both CAM and as the controller and I have the Xbox controller for jogging. Here is a quick crappy video I made to show you the center finding probing. I needed a fitting to connect my central vacuum tubing to a piece of PVC elbow. The central vac pipe fit into an ABS coupler, but the inner diameter of the ABS coupler would not fit the outer diameter of the PVC elbow, so I figured this was a quicker and stronger solution than a 3D printed part. Also a much more accurate fit.
     
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