Since I got my X-Carve, I had been using my main computer in the office to design parts between Illustrator and Easel and generate the Gcode. Then I sent it down to the workshop where I ran it on a Raspberry Pi. I didn’t want to get my laptop all dusty or keep it in the shop and have it accidentally get painted on or whatever, so a cheap-o computer with a monitor was all I needed.
Here’s my workspace as it was before:
You can see the Pi on the right, I was running GrblController to send the Gcode.
Well, I was able to do some shopping with Christmas money and I picked up a Core2Duo Mac Mini with a broken optical drive for $250, and a 24" monitor for $130.
Here’s the “After” shot:
You can see the Mac Mini mounted under the shelf, and just get a hint of an old set of studio monitors I added so I can rock while I sand.
Now I can use Easel from everywhere and if I make a mistake in the file setup I don’t have to trudge upstairs to fix it, regenerate code, send it down to the Pi… I can just fix it and keep on going. The new monitor also has a much better viewing angle so I can sit down while I work, something I couldn’t do before.
I’m super pleased with it