I use Fusion360 and CamBam to generate g-code. The X-Carve is controlled by Linuxcnc. I only fire up a windows system via VMware whne I used Fustion 360 so Easel is not an option for me other than to test it out once or twice.
I know this is an old post but as I catch up here, I have a question about your response. Do you send the gcode to “print” inside of Vectric or do you open the gcode file in universal G-code and go from there. Thanks for helping a Nubie.
what about for X-Carve Pro? Any experience with that machine? no matter how hard i search there are almost zero discussion or youtube videos about. all any one talks about is the X-Carve form before the Pro. IF easel is all i can use for the Pro, i am going to be saving for a real machine and selling this as soon as i can.
What about the X-Carve Pro. I see no one talking about that one yet. I can’t find anything online with info or people discussing how to bypass easel on the X-carve Pro. Easel Pro is cool and all as a beginner starting out here with my own machine but its gonna get old real fast. Not looking forward to having to Easel all the time. Esp if our internet goes down due to heat or other weather and i am needing to cut. the biggest elephant here of the program. Is Easel Strictly Web Based?
There’s a FB group dedicated to Xcare Pro owners and I’ve managed to convert a few over to OpenBuilds Control as the gcode sender and then using Either Carveco, Vectric, or Fusion360 for the CAD/CAM part of the process can produce a gcode file that can be sent to the Xcarve Pro with any Grbl style Gcode sender really, So Easel being used just for the sender part OR OpenBuilds or UGS is another common choice for the sender. . .
HOWEVER the latest version of firmware that is available on Easel to update the Xcarve Pro changes the communication protocol from 115,200 baud rate to a much slower one that is not compatible with OpenBuilds Control (and possibly UGS as well) . For this reason you’d either be forced to use Easel as the sender OR install the prior firmware that runs at the 115,200 baud rate. I know of a handful of people in that FB group who’ve updated firmware and had to call up Inventables to have them provide the older version in order to use a different sender software.
So in conclusion:
No you don’t need Easel Pro to design and make toolpaths.
AND No you don’t need Easel Pro or Easel Free to control the machine either, so long as you’ve got the proper baud rate settings.
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