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  1. What do you think?
    Just a bit wiring needed, then some gaffer tape onto the side of the machine, and I'll be good to go

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    Shouldn't that big red knob be labeled 'Oh F**k', but I do think you have overcomplicated things,
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  3. I'll get a fresh Sharpie out once it's all fitted for the labelling.

    From top left to right, I think it's these labels-
    Big dial - Move.
    Little knob one - Lefty/Righty, Inny/Outty, Uppy Downy (plus spinny aroundy for the 4th axis option)
    Little knob two - Wee nudge, Wee Baw Hair, Big Baw Hair, Big Nudge
    Big knob one - No as fast, Faster
    Big know two - Quiet, Loud
    Red Button - Whoa!
    Green Button - Go!
    Big Red Button - S***e!
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    Like it ! Puts mine to shame and makes it look over-considered.
    Can't wait for you to hit that estop and punch it through the panel whilst your machine carries on !
    Building a CNC machine to make a better one since 2010 . . .
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    That's a posh box, I think you may have over-engineered it! :D
    You think that's too expensive? You're not a Model Engineer are you? :D

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    This is my Oh s###e button,
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  7. I've been umming and arring over the control panel for a while, and having finally finished all the major cabinet wiring and programming last week, it has reached the top of my roundtuit list.

    While contemplating button/dial placement, I happened to notice the box which was about the size I had in my head. So after rounding up all the bits, I got the scissors out tonight. I was going to put the axis/step size select switches above the MPG, but having tested the layout, I felt the MPG would be too easy to knock while working the switches, which is why all that seems a bit bunched up.
    I'm going to put a handle along below the buttons, so I can rest my hand on it while working the MPG.

    Next step is modelling it in Fusion.
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    You'll be needing the Mach Tavish plug-in Dr Finlay !
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    I'm actually surprised to read this thread here and now - I'm in the process of replacing a panel on the starmill that had a single E-Stop button with one with a full axis/mpg and DRO indicators, and just last night started learning F360 and mocking up the panel.

    I might nick the alternative E-Stop label, though

  10. Doddy, I've done various sketches for control panels, but I really wanted to test the layout, as that's the only way you can get a proper feel for how it'll work.

    Like the MPG/selector switch thing. The selector switches above makes sense from a visibility view, as it means their labels would be more visible, however as I mentioned, trying them with the mock-up, it felt like I had to make an effort to lift my hand up, over and clear of the MPG to move them to avoid using the MPG itself as a steady for my hand.

    This will be getting coupled with just a touchscreen. I will have USB ports on the housing should I want to connect a keyboard/mouse, however I've got no plan to have them permanently connected, as I'm aiming for most things to be done via the touchscreen, with only physical buttons for critical functions.
    I am currently considering not even having the axis/step size select switches, as I've seen a way of adding that functionality to a touchscreen in a way that I think will work well (the new screen designer for KMotionCNC has opened up a lot of options!). If it works, it will save me a good bit of fiddly wiring, as the connectors on the selector switches have to be soldered, with a terminal for each position you want to use.
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