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Discussion in 'Suggestions' started by MonkeyNutts, May 29, 2021.

  1. MonkeyNutts


    Apr 10, 2021
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    Hi Guys,

    Up until 1 month ago I hadn't touched a CNC let alone designed a product and produced it on CNC, so its been a very step learning curve! Attached is one of the first designs cut on my hybrid Openbuilds machine, a clamp down system.

    So my suggestions for the site, in no particular order;
    • Is there a cheat sheet for openbuilds macros ( searched forums but can't find a single place, I guess what are the best and most commonly used macros or most helpful, maybe even pre-program some into the software, so when users open macros sections there are some there? ) I know there are the std homing options to workpiece etc in the main DRO, but they home the the exact workpiece location, homing to X&Y but say 10mm above would be handy as a example

    • Can the openbuilds control software release show dates against the release versions. Also can we have a subscribe option on software updates, so we know when a release has been made, in the month I been learning I think there have been 5 releases, I didn't release they were so often. I've raised a number of conversations which maybe could have been avoided if I knew there was a software update, its not s criticism, I only thinking of saving the time of the tech guys.

    • Is there a top tips/things newbies should/need to know section? I know this site isn't a school to teach us the very basic but a "new to openbuilds control" section may be very handy, and save a lot of time dealing with repeat questions/issues etc

    • In the openbuild control, is there the option for more than 2 pre-saved XY positions

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  2. Peter Van Der Walt

    Peter Van Der Walt OpenBuilds Team
    Staff Member Moderator Builder Resident Builder

    Mar 1, 2017
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    Getting Started With JavaScript Macros in OpenBuilds Control - Thayne Co by @sharmstr (more examples on her blog)
    And also Help getting started with Javascript Macros in Control...

    Gcode macros take plain gcode. See the list Grbl supports on github.com/gnea/grbl/wiki

    The reason we don't really do, is you always want the latest, regardless of date

    CONTROL does check and update itself. If its not checking, do a clean install and check that CONTROL has internet access.

    Next to GOTOZERO is a button with "layers" icon with shortcuts to G28/G30 positions you can use. It's XYZ though so maybe store your XY position at some arbitrary safe Z height
    MonkeyNutts likes this.

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