After sometime of test cuts, configuration changes, reading, researching, etc; I’ve decided to switch to mach3.
The short of it
- there’s a greater amount of people using and therefore extending mach3 with the routines I seek (auto-zero Z, homing,
- the standard scripting language is like second nature to me (not sure if I like confessing a strong knowledge of vbscript but... there ya have it.)
Originally I stayed away from mach3 given the dizzying UI and overwhelming options only to find myself knee deep in emc2 config, however yesterday’s design session brought me to the realization I really don’t need to focus on all the new stuff of emc2 2.5 (gladevcp) as I’d prefer to spend my time making sawdust.
Ger21 from cnczone.com made a beautiful screen layout which which greatly reduces your sense vertigo when looking at mach3. It includes a few strategies for tool changes and probing. You can find it here: http://home.comcast.net/~cncwoodworker/2010.html for a mere 20 dollars.