A front end python terminal for GRBL
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Introduction

grblfeeder is a serial terminal designed for sending gcode files to a microcontroller running grbl. It makes sending individual commands and also entire files very easy.

grblfeeder has been tested on Windows, with Python 2.7.2 32bit, PySide 1.0.6 32bit and PySerial 2.5. grblfeeder has been tested on Ubuntu Linux (11.11 - Oneric) with Python 2.7.3 32bit, PySide 1.0.6 32bit and PySerial 2.5 Testing on Mac OSX 10.6.6 and LinuxMint 11 is my next step.

PySide 1.0.6 MUST be used as 1.1.1 (current version) segfaults on both Windows and Linux. Other versions not tested.

On load, select the serial terminal your grbl controller is attached to, and set the baud rate. Click connect, then switch to the second tab to send commands.

To send a file, click Load and select the file you want to send. The file's contents will be added to the queue. Clicking 'Send One Line' sends one line from the queue to the controller. Clicking 'Send Continuous' sends a line, waits for an 'ok', and repeats till the queue is empty.

Requirements

To use under Windows, make sure you have these installed:

Python 		(2.7.2 tested)
PySide 		(1.0.6 tested - DO NOT USE PySide >=1.1.1)
PySerial 		(2.5 tested)

To use under Linux (ubuntu oneric tested - linuxmint/ubuntu lucid to be tested):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pyside
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install python 			(2.7.3 tested)
sudo apt-get install python-serial 			(2.5 tested)
sudo apt-get install libpyside1.0=1.0.6.1-2ubuntu2 	(1.0.6 tested. 1.1.1 known bad)
sudo apt-get install python-pyside=1.0.6.1-2ubuntu2 (1.0.6 tested. 1.1.1 known bad)

To use under Mac OS, make sure you have these installed:

Python               (2.7 to be tested)
PySide for Mac       (1.0.6 to be tested)
Qt Libraries for Mac (4.7.4 to be tested)
PySerial             (2.5 to be tested)

Usage

To run grblfeeder, use:

python grblfeedr.py

Author

timkrins[a]gmail.com

Minor changes and Linux testing

rdpowers[a]gmail.com