We have released new functionality in the Easel Machine Inspector so that you can view the status of the following on your X-Carve:
- X, Y, and Z Axis Homing Switches
- X-Controller Pause Button
- X-Controller Run (Play) Button
- X Controller Soft Reset (Soft Stop) Button
- Z Probe status
Here is a screenshot of the new Machine Inspector panel for X-Carve users:
We are excited to deliver this feature for X-Carve and X-Controller users.
Just curious but since this shows the status of the switches at any time, is it possible to enable a software pause in the event the switches are pressed during a carve as hard limits?
Yes, it is possible to do that:
No you cannot use hard limits as a pause. Hard limits cause an alarm in grbl and you have to reset to continue
You can pause using the Pause button or if you want to have a hardware pause use feed hold.
I don’t think you’d want to pause. If you hit a limit switch, you want the machine to stop. Like @LarryM said, it will throw an alarm state and need to be reset.
Sorry, I should have been more clear about what I was asking. I know about hard limits but for some reason I was under the impression the limit switches had to be wired as NC for that to work. But from what I read that you shared thats not the case. NO in parallel also should work.
I was thinking a pause would be better as it would allow you to then cancel the job without having to reset everything, re-home etc. But I see what you mean that it should really be a last resort alarm.
I don’t really ever have an issue with running into the limits but I couldn’t really see the benefit of showing the status of these switches in the control panel.
Basically a setup and troubleshooting aid.
Um, I’m sure that’s useful in troubleshooting for folks, but I’d rather you engineers develop features we’ve been asking for.
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