Who am I?
My name is Jerome Miles and I love to build things! Over the years I have built and repaired everything from custom CNC routing machines to full sized CNC mills.
Most of these custom machines I have worked on have either used Mach3 or Linux CNC as the control software.
Both of these controllers are great, but they require you to interact with your machine on a regular old key board. This has always driven me nuts, so I decided to do something about it.
What is the Jog It! CNC pendant?
It is a hand held controller that comes in two flavors, Mach3 or EMC. Two models are required because each controller software has different keyboard shortcuts that the Jog It! Pendant emulates.
Set up is easy. For Linux CNC simply plug it into an open USB port and you are ready to rock!
For Mach3, plugging it into an open USB port will work for all buttons but four (Home X, Home Y, Home Z, Step Incrament). To use these buttons you will need to load a custom "Load Screen" that will be provided. Changing the load screen takes just just a few minutes, and you only have to do it one time.
How do I use it?
Linux CNC video
*Update* Mach 3 video using Mach 2010 screen set!
The Jog It! CNC pendant will change the way you interact with your machine!
Are you sick and tired of memorizing strange keyboard short cuts, and lugging your keyboard around while you zero your machine? Me to! Trust me, using this pendant even one time will change the way you interact with your machine.
Once the project funds I will be releasing everything about this pendant onto the internet free for all. The parts list, schematic, firmware, CAD files and drawings will all be free to use!
Don't like the way I have some buttons programmed? No problem! Just make a few changes in the firmware and you can make the buttons do whatever you want.
Pledge level for every one!
It doesn't matter if you want a fully tested and assembled pendant, or a Naked PCB and rubber button set! We have a pledge level for you!
Where will it be made?
That depends on the quantity. For under 200 of these they will be made entirely in my home machine shop, right here in the USA. If sales go over 200 units, then I will outsource almost all of the work to local fab shops.
Sleek and tough.
The Jog It! CNC pendant utilizes a CNC machined HDPE plastic case, a 6061 aluminum face plate and cast Urethane buttons. It was designed to last!
Risks and challenges
My risks are very similar to those of others in the hardware project catagory, going from prototype to full blown production.
I currently have built several prototypes to work out manufacturing issues, and have handed out several to friends for Beta testing to work out any bugs needed in the firmware. At this point we feel confident we have verything nailed down.
The hardest thing we will need to do is to machine a new mold to produce the Mach3 rubber buttons, as well as the Linux CNC buttons in larger quantities. These molds should not be an issue however, as they are not much more difficult than the single button set mold we have already produced.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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