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Jog It! Is an open source hand held controller designed to make running a program in Linux CNC (EMC2) and MACH3 a breeze.
Jog It! Is an open source hand held controller designed to make running a program in Linux CNC (EMC2) and MACH3 a breeze.
238 backers pledged $16,862 to help bring this project to life.

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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?

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*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.

Open Source!

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.

Pendant design:

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!

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Linux CNC version of Jog It!
Linux CNC version of Jog It!
Prototype Mach3 Pendant. The temporary buttons will be replaced with a full rubber keypad with raised letters.
Prototype Mach3 Pendant. The temporary buttons will be replaced with a full rubber keypad with raised letters.
Thanks to Clément from mindthings for the project music.
 

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.

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    Even if CNC isn't your thing, every dollar counts! Thanks for your support.

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    Mach3 Kit Version. Comes with a partially assembled PCB. Everything but the switches and USB cable will be soldered into place. Includes the rubber button set, switches, USB cable and loaded firmware for Mach3. Solder on the buttons, make your own case from the included CAD models and your ready to rock! (US shipping included)

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    Linux CNC Kit Version. Comes with a partially assembled PCB. Everything but the switches and USB cable will be soldered into place. Includes the rubber button set, switches, USB cable and loaded firmware for Linux CNC. Solder on the buttons, make your own case from the included CAD models and your ready to rock! (US shipping included)

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    Ready to run Mach3 pendant! Comes fully assembled and ready to run out of the box. Mach3 firmware activated. (US shipping included)

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    Ready to run Linux CNC pendant! Comes fully assembled and ready to run out of the box. Linux CNC (EMC2) firmware activated. (US shipping included)

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    Get it by Christmas! Ready to run pendant with your choice of Linux CNC or Mach3 firmware activated on it.

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    Double pack for January. Your choice of two ready to run pendants set up for Mach3 or Linux Cnc.

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    Double Pack by Christmas! Two ready to run pendants with your choice of Mach3 or Linux CNC buttons and firmware.

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    Back by popular demand, double pack by Christmas. Two ready to run pendants with your choice of Mach3 or Linux Cnc buttons and firmware.

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