I just bought a 5x smoothieboard after realizing my cobbled together GRBL–> HobbyCNC Pro board wasn’t cutting it. The hobbyCNC pro board just wasn’t taking steps correctly. I send the command to move 1mm, I get 0.3mm. But when I send the command to move 10mm, I get 11.76mm… makes no sense. Anyway I upgraded to the 5X smoothieboard, I’m using my unipolar motors as series Bipolar and for the first time, everything is moving as it really should! I’ve got my xcarve upgrade parts ordered, but in the mean time, I’m messing with my janky franken-shapeoko setup.
Now I’m on the search for good software to control it. I could send Gcode files to the SD card and print directly, but I’m spoiled and like the fancy GUI to watch. Pronterface seems to be the main bit of kit out there to do the job, but it isn’t the best. I’ve gotten the Gcode Sender Chrome app to work well with it as well, but it lacks features. I’m messing with Universal Gcode Sender with little luck and Chilipeppr doesn’t seem to want to play with it (at least with mine, others seem to have had limited success with it).
If anyone has other suggestions, I’m down to try them. Was going to try bCNC but can’t get past all the errors to get it running in Window$