Hey everyone! Today is a very momentous day for Sienci Labs as we’re now ready to announce: gSender
As you may deduce, gSender is our new and very own g-code sender which is meant to act as a UGS or CNCjs equivalent and is actually based on CNCjs. Though it’s still in its infancy, it has grown quite a lot in its few months of development thanks to our awesome development team and the feedback of a small group of Alpha testers who we were able to speak with one-on-one over the many weeks that they used gSender themselves.
Why make our own g-code sender?
There are a whole host of great options out there that we recommend for use on the LongMill, but with that being said we’ve seen hiccups manage to crop up from time to time that can really have an effect on ease-of-use and reliability throughout the LongMill community. In the ideation phase, we wanted to lay out some ambitions we saw as being attainable if we were to build our own sender:
- reliability of operation
- accommodates all ranges of computing systems (low-end PC to RasPi | ‘light mode’)
- highly easy to use
- makes available all normally expected sender functions
- addresses common error throwing conditions automatically
- built-in gadgets for surface probing, stock flattening, firmware editing
- built-in g-code editing
- 3D cutting visualization
Now, many of these are still works in progress at this time, but I outline them to show that we’re shooting really high with this Program. We want it to be the next-level open-source sender that’s available for all green CNCers to turn to whether they own a LongMill or otherwise: guided and easy to approach as a beginner yet customizable and feature-rich for higher-tier hobby CNCers.
What stage is gSender currently at?
This post is to announce that we’ve now reached the Closed BETA testing stage with gSender.Closed BETA means that the program is now completely available for download to anyone who wishes to try it: though you must first agree to be a Beta tester (which means that we will send you requests for feedback and let you know when new features are released), as well as you must understand that gSender will be provided as-is with no guarantee against incorrect or unreliable operation as it is still in active development. We expect this stage of development to last around 1.5 months starting today.
If you have read all the text above and would like to check out our new gSender as well as help us to make it better, please click the link below! (you’ll just need to answer a short survey and then we can send you the link to download it and give it a try)
As of now we only have a version for Windows, but we should have a Mac version ready for next week gSender Closed BETA sign up