After playing around with my newly assembled xcarve using easel, i was looking forward to using UGS to start machining more complicated (3D) models. After “fiddling” around with settings and reading appx. 50 internet pages i finally managed to JUST connect my xcarve. It was actually a quite complicated process.
MY SUGGESTION: Easel should have an option to upload a text file with gcode in it and then give a graphical display of the tool paths.
Why?: There are many “Advanced” users who still enjoy the simplicity, speed and the satisfying pop ups ( which acknowledge a successful cut for example ) of easel but don’t want to be limited to the accuracy of using .svg pictures for cuts. Yes. There are other web based gcode senders which exist. Google Chrome has one, chillipeppr’s is pretty good, but requires far too much intial set up and is actually pretty lunky (slow and the features it has are quite un-organized).
I think that UGS lacks liveliness; much like most Java based programs the GUI lacks consistency and the only confirmation of proper operation is from the console output.
If Easel had a g-code sender which can be used behind the scenes of the inviting and easy-to-use CAM software, I know as a fact that I would use it over any other GRBL compliant sender.
How it should work (my vision): under the file tab in easel there should be an option to “upload project”, click, file browser (and advanced user disclaimer) appears, select file, upload progress bar. Once upload is completed, the project should be in the user library under the same name as the gcode text file. From there on the left side viewer should show the toolpaths while the rightside should be unclickable as there is no need for an editing function (or have machine jog controls). Carve, Confirm material is clamped, set home, lift bit, confirm spindle is on, start. no need to confirm material thickness and bit size.
Hopefully others will agree with me and we will soon have a nice custom gcode sender made specifically for inventables machines.
Thanks for reading