February 23 – March 1, 2024 “Guitar/Guitar-Related Projects” Contest

It’s weekly-themed contest time! Thanks for sharing your cool clock projects made with the LongMill.


Last Week’s Winners

We are happy to announce that Chris Sutherland, Gerard Cochrane, Craig Stevens, Sheryl Thompson, Jeffery Bates, and Jim McKane are the winners of the clock projects contest. Watch out for a prize!


This Week’s Theme: Guitar/Guitar-Related Projects

Share your best guitar or guitar-related projects made with your LongMill for a chance to win prizes in this week’s contest! Think guitars, guitar trays, charcuterie boards, cutting boards, and more.

Have ideas for themes? Let us know by commenting below!

Happy crafting!

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February 16 – February 23, 2024 “Clock Projects” Contest

Happy Friday! Thank you for sharing your fantastic sports-themed projects created with the LongMill.


Last Week’s Winners

We are happy to announce that Dave Alexander, Jonathan Silva, Matthew Greg Blenhart, Steve Kuzmak, James Russell, and Andy Just are the winners of the sports-themed projects contest. A prize is on its way!


P.S. We will be closed on Monday, February 19th for Family Day and back in the office on Tuesday, February 20th.


This Week’s Theme: Clock Projects

This week’s theme: “Clock Projects.” Share your LongMill-made clock creations for a chance to win prizes in our contest!

Have ideas for themes? Let us know by commenting below!

Happy making!

February 9 – February 16, 2024 “Sports-Themed Projects” Contest

Hey everyone! Thanks for sharing your terrific LongMill tray projects with us.


Last Week’s Winners

We are happy to announce that Kenneth Key, Maxime Belanger, Pascal Therrien, Luis Sanchez, Christopher Weaver, and Ralph Matile are the winners of the tray projects contest. Look out for a prize!


This Week’s Theme: Sports-Themed Projects

Show off your sports-themed LongMill projects this week! Share with us for a chance to win prizes!

Have ideas for themes? Let us know by commenting below!

Happy building!

February 2 – February 9, 2024 “Tray Projects” Contest

Happy Friday! It’s contest time! A big thank you to everyone who shared their fantastic LongMill cribbage board projects with us.


Last Week’s Winners

We are happy to announce that Sarah Morley Selstrom, John Sawatzky, Colby Browning, Jennifer Purper, Henrick Morin, and Allan Sedgwick are the winners of the cribbage board projects contest. A prize is on its way!


This Week’s Theme: Tray Projects

This week’s theme: “Tray Projects”. Share your LongMill-made tray projects for a chance to win prizes!

Have ideas for themes? Let us know by commenting below!

Happy creating!

January 26 – February 2, 2024 “Cribbage Board Projects” Contest

Hey there! It’s that time of the week again – contest time! Big thanks to everyone who’s been sharing their awesome 2.5D/3D projects with us.

Last Week’s Winners

We are happy to announce that Adam M Lehman, Chuck Gosselin, Greg Simpson, Norm Emery, Johnny Sykes, and Matt Loll are the winners of the 2.5D/3D projects contest Watch out for a prize!


This Week’s Theme: 2.5D/3D Projects

This week’s theme: “Cribbage Board Projects.” Share your LongMill-made cribbage board creations for a chance to win cool prizes! 

Have ideas for themes? Let us know by commenting below!

Happy crafting!

gSender 1.4.0 Release – Rotary, grblHAL, Jobs Stats and More 

gSender 1.4.0 is now released, officially supporting grblHAL, rotary cutting and much much more!

The official theme for this update was fundamentals, which means improving and iterating on existing features to address any shortcomings, reliability issues, or add long requested functionalities.

As always, thank you to everyone involved in using, testing and giving feedback on Edge releases over the past 4 months. We’ve been working hard to address your feedback and are excited to bring these new features over to the general userbase!

Without further ado, let’s get into this update!

A New Spin on Carving – Rotary Support

Turning to some positive news, we’re finally bringing support for Rotary axes on both grbl and grblHAL based controllers into gSender! Whether you own the Sienci Vortex or some other rotary solution, gSender has you covered in everything you might want to do.

Once enabled in preferences, the user is able to control, probe, surface and carve using the A axis!

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We’ve also updated the visualizer to better show the final result – so you can see your A-axis carving in all it’s glory!

Pushing Your Buttons – Better Gamepad Functionality

We’ve expanded and changed how gamepad works to give the user a whole host of new options for controlling their machine.

Joysticks are now able to jog the machine along any axis with variable speeds based on how far you’re moving the joystick.

We’ve added a new MPG mode which will let the user jog in a specific direction by rotating the joystick similar to physical MPG units.

There is also new alt modifiers for gamepad buttons, letting you map multiple functionalities to a specific button. Users are also able to assign a lockout button, preventing any gamepad buttons from firing until it is unlocked again.

Finally, we’ve altered the workflow for setting up a gamepad, letting the user map an action to a button instead of the opposite. We hope this lets users set up their new controllers quickly and easily and get back to cutting.

What did I just do? In-depth Job Stats and Maintenance Reminders

We’ve greatly expanded the job stats section to give you even more information about past jobs. Not only do we now track time run per com port, there is more in-depth tracking of individual jobs and any problems encountered.

We’ve also added maintenance reminders to keep you on track for keeping your machine in tip-top shape. Reminders are set up with expected run time before needing completion, and once you’ve approached that warning you’ll start to get reminders. Maintenance reminders are entirely customizable – set up your own tasks to keep on top of anything personal to your workflow.

Some Old Favourites and New Favourites

We’ve brought back code blocks for tool change to much fanfare!

Remote mode has received a number of improvements, including workflow controls and unit selection on the remote interface on phone screen size and a QR code in-app for easier navigation on your handheld device.

We’ve also added an easier way to go to a specific location – clicking the Go To button will now let you select a incremental or absolute position to move your machine to.

Touch Wherever You Want – Multi-corner Probing

No longer a one-trick pony, gSender now supports probing off any corner of your workpiece using both standard and auto-zero touchplates!

Selecting which corner you want is as easy as clicking a button – simply press the corner selector and the probe routine will automatically update offsets to both run and set the zero correctly at the selected corner!

Technical Notes – 32 bit no longer supported

We are officially dropping support for 32bit versions of gSender. It was a hard decision but continuing to support 32bit was a security concern for several libraries we use and we can’t be shackled long term to out of date libraries without alternatives. Version 1.2.2 should continue to work fine for the small subset of users (sub 1%) that we show as using 32 bit operating systems.

Firmware options – grblHAL Firmware Support

Our first non-grbl firmware officially supported is grblHAL – an up-and-coming solution that works on a wide variety of hardware.

Firmware flavour is selectable in the connection dropdown – by default most users will continue to use grbl, but swapping controller types is a simple click away.

We’ve updated the UI in a number of places to support all the new functionality available in grblHAL – including single axis probing, ethernet connectivity and more.

USB is no longer the only way to interact with your machine using grblHAL – so we’ve added a way to connect and run jobs using ethernet, which is more reliable overall.

grblHAL is also a bit more fluid when it comes to EEPROM options – so the firmware tool has been rebuilt to dynamically support all options are reported by the firmware itself and rebuild the table so you’ll always be able to easily update your EEPROM configuration no matter which plugins you have installed.

This is just a taste of new updates we’ve added – for all the details and changes, full notes can be found below!

Release Notes

  • Added Rotary Mode
    • gSender is now able to run 2+1 axis files on grbl and 4 axis files on grblHAL
    • Visualizer updated to support 4 axis rotations
    • A-axis DRO and jogging
    • Rotary probing
  • Added grblHAL controller support
    • Connect to and run jobs as normal on any grblHAL device
    • Connect over ethernet where hardware is supported
    • New grblHAL specific firmware tool that is dynamically generated based on reported settings
    • New UI elements where appropriate to support new functionality such as single axis homing
  • Gamepad improvements
    • Restructured logic and mapping of buttons to actions
    • Add secondary functionality to buttons
    • Added joystick MPG mode
    • Added lockout button to deactivate gamepad when needed
  • Improved job time estimation
    • Significantly improved initial time estimation algorithm based on machine acceleration and max speeds
    • Mid-job estimation uses initial estimate per line for more accurate remaining duration
  • Multi-corner probing – touch off any corner using both standard and auto-zero touchplates
  • Added Go To UI button to quickly go to an absolute or relative workspace coordinate
  • Clearer distinction on planned lines vs cut lines – planned lines show up as a (customizable) yellow instead of the default cut gray
  • Remote mode improvements
    • Added QR code for easier navigation to remote address on phone
    • Added workflow controls and unit selection to remote mode UI
  • Added preference to prompt on Zero to prevent accidentally resetting zero on any axis
  • Code block toolchange again supported
  • Firmware active modals now displayed in diagnostic tab
  • PRB values available to use in macros
  • Files are now parsed once per run time
  • Fix for DRO precision in some situations
  • Improved job stats area – now tracks jobs per com port, more information about each job run and the number of problems encountered
  • Maintenance reminders – set up and customize maintenance reminders to prompt tasks after specific run time totals have occured
  • Improved alarm and error recording

Download gSender 1.4.0

As always, releases can be found on Github!

January 19 – January 26, 2024 “2.5D/3D Projects” Contest

Happy Friday! Thanks for sharing your amazing inlay projects with us.


Last Week’s Winners

We are happy to announce that Jarrod Richards, Paul Mathers, Adam Chin, Matt Frickx, Rob Blondeau, and Mike Shouldice are the winners of the inlay projects contest. A prize is on its way!


This Week’s Theme: 2.5D/3D Projects

Share your top 2.5D or 3D carving/relief projects with the LongMill this week to win free prizes! Whether it’s nature relief, multi-sided carving, guitars, flags, or any innovative use of 2.5D/3D techniques – we want to see it! 

Have ideas for themes? Let us know by commenting below!

Happy making!

The Sienci Labs CO2 Laser Cutter Is Now In Development!

Hey everyone! We’ve got some exciting news: we’re developing our new product, the Sienci Labs CO2 Laser Cutter. Join us on this journey and be part of the R&D process. We’ve been thinking about this project for a while, and we can’t wait to get started!

Take Part in Our CO2 Laser Cutter Insights Survey

If you’re interested in sharing your thoughts on developing our CO2 Laser Cutter, we’d love to hear from you! Please take a moment to complete our quick and insightful survey.

Link to survey: https://forms.gle/SEyFVEYMRmaKhxET8 

Join Our Sienci Labs CO2 Laser Cutter Mailing List

Stay updated with the latest CO2 Laser Cutter news and development progress.

Link to mailing list: http://eepurl.com/iAWSFI 

January 12 – January 19, 2024 “Inlay Projects” Contest

It’s weekly contest time! Thanks for sharing your outstanding sold projects with us.


Last Week’s Winners

We are happy to announce that Edgewood Customs, Cary Hodge, Bradley H, Michael Schillizzi, Gary R Gage, and Tom Walz are the winners of the sold projects contest. Look out for a prize!


This Week’s Theme: Inlay Projects

This week’s theme: LongMill inlay projects! Show us your creations for a chance to win prizes! 

Have ideas for themes? Let us know by commenting below!

Happy building!

Fill Out Our CNC Workshop Survey!

Hey everyone. We are planning on setting up some in-person CNC workshops in the next couple of months and we need your feedback! If you’re interested, please help us by filling out a quick survey so we can plan workshops that match your schedule, budget, challenges, and interests. If you can’t make it to our office in person, in-office workshops will be livestreamed for those that can’t attend and we want to hear from you as well.

Link to survey: https://forms.gle/vci8w19zNmLePLzHA

Thanks for taking the time to fill out our survey. We always appreciate your feedback!