March 12, 2015

Control your CNC over Wi-Fi with Raspberry Pi

Having your own CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine to do your own routing or cutting is very useful and fun, however some users find the to-and-fro between the computer and the CNC machine to be annoying. However this can be solved with the help of a Raspberry Pi which can be used as a WiFi transceiver for the CNC machine and thus allow remote control from another PC via WiFi.

This has been demonstrated by Instructables member eLVirus88 who shows how a CNC machine with a GRBL control board can be controlled over WiFi with not only a PC but with any web-enabled device on the local network. Doing so requires a Raspberry Pi to be dedicated to the CNC, and certain software such as GRBLweb to be installed however this is explained in detail.

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This is a great way to add your own electronic components, circuitry, sensors or other devices to your Raspberry Pi model A+, B+ or 2 Model B - any of the current Raspberry Pis with a 40 pin GPIO header. The PiBreak Plus also includes a GPIO female header to solder yourself, and a pair of nuts, bolts, washers and spacers to ensure a a great fit.

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