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OpenBuilds CONTROL is a free machine interface application for Grbl / BlackBox based machines. Its primary focus is on ease of use.
It allows you to
Runs on Windows, Mac and Linux
After installation, start OpenBuilds CONTROL.
If you have trouble connecting, refer to USB Troubleshooting
Click Open G-Code > Open GCODE from File and select your GCODE.
Note your GCODE has to be Grbl-compatible, for more information refer to CAM Applications
You can use either of these options to tell your machine where the stock is located
Use the Jog buttons, or use the Keyboard shortcuts, to move the endmill toward the origin of the job. The origin is specified in your CAM application, for example, the front-left corner of the stock.
For quicker setup, and more reliable positioning, get yourself an OpenBuilds XYZ Probe Plus
For more information on the XYZ Probe Plus and how to use it, refer to OpenBuilds XYZ Probe Plus Documentation
For more information on how the speed-dial relates to RPMs, refer to Dewalt DWP611 / D26200 Speed Dial to RPM conversion chart
If you'd like to automate turning on the router, refer to Connecting BlackBox 4X to Dewalt DWP611 Router via IOT Switching Relay Power Strip
If you have a Dust Shoe installed on your machine, turn on the vacuum system before starting the cut
If you'd like to automate turning on the vacuum system, refer to Connecting Dust Extraction via IoT Relay