Ground Control is the software on your computer that connects to the machine. The following are some of the basic functionalities of Ground Control
- MACHINE CALIBRATION
- POSITIONING YOUR PROJECT ON THE BOARD
- SEND G-CODE TO THE MACHINE
- STOP, PAUSE or QUIT a JOB
- JOG THE SLED using arrow keys
- TEST 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. The complex calculations of transforming g-code into electric pulses to precisely move the machine are performed in the Arduino/shield.
There is NO gain in using other modified/hacked generic open source software just to send g-code and lose the ability to properly calibrate your machine along the way. We highly recommend using GroundControl or Webcontrol.