Maslow CNC workflow

CAD/CAM

On this step, you will design/draw your project on the computer and then transform it into motion commands that the machine can understand (G-code).
  • CAD refers to the designing/drawing part of your project in a computer software (Computer Aid Design)
  • CAM refers to the machining process; here is where you will choose parameters such as, bit diameter, speed (feed rate), plunge rate (z-axis speed) and so on (Computer Aid Manufacturing)
NOTE: You will never have to enter G-code manually (unless you want to), the CAM process will generate it for you. For those of you that like to see how things work under the hood (especially Makers!), we've put together an Easy G-code guide.

GROUND CONTROL

It is the software that controls your Maslow machine, it works in conjunction with the control board. Ground Control is where you will load your G-code file for the machine to start cutting your project. The following are some of the basic functionalities of Ground Control
  • CALIBRATION
  • CUTTING UP YOUR DESIGNS.
  • POSITIONING YOUR PROJECT EXACTLY WERE YOU WANT IT TO BE CUT ON THE BOARD
  • STOP, PAUSE or QUIT a running task
  • JOG THE SLED ON THE BOARD using manual controls (arrow keys)
  • TROUBLESHOOTING THE SYSTEM.

 

NOTE: Ground Control is a special purpose software created from the ground up for the Maslow CNC machine (not generic). Its main purpose is to CALIBRATE the machine and SEND G-CODE to the control board. There is NO gain in using other modified/hacked generic open source software to just send g-code and lose the ability to properly calibrate your machine along the way. We highly recommend using GroundControl or Webcontrol.