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!
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!
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!
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!
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
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
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
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!
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.
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.