I have a GCode question

(Homer Smith) #1

I use Vectric instead of Carbide Create. Then seem to have to save to Carbide Motion for G-Code, but once I do that there seems to be no way to modify the G-Code once it is in Carbide Motion. I’m familiar with Mach3 which allows me to use a test editor and K-Motion which has editing within the code. Any suggestions. I sometimes need to change feed, speed, or Z depth. Thank you, Homer

(William Adams) #2

Grbl 1.1, supported by CM4 affords one control over the feed rate w/ an override in 10% increments — other than that, you’d need to hand-edit the code (tedious at best), best to do test cuts in scrap and set things up and just let them run.

(Homer Smith) #3

Thank you for the quick response

(Daniel Loughmiller) #4

In case it wasn’t clear in Will’s response, or someone comes across this post, gcode files are generally just text documents.

(Homer Smith) #5

i guess my problem is that I’m used to a more robust program. Sounds like I should have done more research before I bought the Nomad.

(William Adams) #6

It’s not intended for manual operation / intervention — as noted, one would ideally set up good feeds and speeds (see the technique at: http://www.precisebits.com/tutorials/calibrating_feeds_n_speeds.htm ) and just let the machine/software have its head.

(mikep) #7

There are lots of other senders that work just fine with it, you’re not tied to CM.

(Homer Smith) #8

I would really be interested in trying to work with another one. Do you have information on some? Thank you.

(William Adams) #9

List of alternatives at https://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/Communication_/_Control and https://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/Commercial_Software#Communication.2FControl.2FG-Code_Interpreter

(mikep) #10

A few I’ve tried:

Popular, the usual Java UI goofiness, but very powerful. multi-platform.
Universal G-Code Sender: https://github.com/winder/Universal-G-Code-Sender

windows - GRBLPanel : https://github.com/gerritv/Grbl-Panel

This one is pretty simple, but works well. Does simple Z probing, pretty much just works.
multi-platform- SourceRabbit Sender: https://www.sourcerabbit.com/GCode-Sender/

(Homer Smith) #11

Thank you, I really appreciate the help.

(Homer Smith) #12

Thank you for the quick and complete response.

(system) #13

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