Saturday, 22 November 2008

Making joystick buttons run simple CNC commands

It's pretty easy to get a button to do something simple (run any one line of G-code).

Create a new HALUI MDI command with one line in your .ini file:


This causes a new HAL pin to be created, called halui.mdi-command-00. Then wire that pin up to the joystick button that you want to cause that command to be run, with an line in your .hal:

net setXYOrigin input.0.btn-thumb2 => halui.mdi-command-00

Now pressing that button (in this case, the thumb 2 button) runs G92 X0 Y0, just as if I'd typed it in the MDI box. This setup allows me to use the joystick to jog to the place that I want my origin to be, and then set that to be my XY origin by pressing the button.

You can have any number of MDI_COMMAND .ini lines, and they each make make their own mdi-command-xx pin, ordered in the order they appear in the file.

Each one can run any one liner. In the next post I'll talk about running more than one line from a single button.

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