I’m working on a Onefinity remote control. I liked the wireless controller, but I have several annoyances like: I always need to reconnect it after a couple of minutes not using it, holding buttons to restrict X / Y movement, tiny sticks and you need two hands to use it. I wanted a more robust solution with a nice “single hand” joystick and decent buttons that light up so I can see what’s currently enabled.
So I decided to design and produce my own. Still a work in progress but its coming along nicely. Options I build in:
- Enable / disable X and Y axis. (without holding buttons)
- Select speed 1 - 4
- Auto enable router (on / off / auto) (signal from controller DB25 port)
- Auto enable dust collector (on / off / auto)
- 3 Axis joystick X, Y and Z (by turning)
- “Arm spindle” switch, So the spindle never gets activated (when replacing mills)
- Decent (XLR) connector for the probe.
- Emergency stop button (I placed the controller under the table, so I don’t have easy access to that button)
- And a place to put the probe sensor.
- Two extra accessories buttons. I don’t know what else I want to use for, but it probably will come in handy. It can be configured as latching or momentary switch. Every option can be configured by holding the button on startup. (like latching or momentary acc buttons, default enabled buttons on startup)
- USB port on the front, for easy access to a thumbdrive (this is just a extension cable).
The electronics board features 4 relays (Spindle, dust collector, accessory 1 and accessory 2). The heart of it is an Arduino Leonardo that emulates a gamepad.
Anyhow, while building it, I was wondering if anyone else is interested for something like this. I’ve ordered a couple extra pcb’s (electronic boards) but to be honest, I’m not really keen on soldering every board myself. It probably also becomes way to expensive if I count all the hours needed to completely produce a boards. But I figured, if someone buy’s a cnc, it’s probably a handy person. Also the soldering isn’t complicated at all, it’s all trough hole. You just need to pay attention to the orientation of some of the components. Maybe I can create some “build yourself kits” with all the components and buttons needed. Or maybe only parts for the electronics board and use your own buttons leds etc (the electronics board is quite adaptive to suit specific needs). The panel I’m using are laser cut (not made with the onefinity) acrylic plates with printing sandwiched between them. I’m also thinking to open-source the software when it’s finished so you can make some really personal adjustments if you are a bit skilful with programming.
Anyhow, it’s still in prototyping stage. But if a lot of people are interested, it might be feasible to design and produce a complete populated electronics board (with smt components). So you don’t have to solder anything at al.
- Interested in bare PCB (no components like resistors etc, I will source them myself)
- Interested in bare PCB + all the components for the PCB (resistors, relays, arduino connectors+leads etc.)
- Interested in bare PCB + components + all the metal led buttons, connectors, joystick etc. used in the picture
- Interested in bare PCB + components + buttons + panel cutout with print (That’s all in the picture above)
- Only interested if it has a fully populated, (machine) soldered and tested (future version) electronics board
- Not interested at all, but I just want to fill in the poll