Using Axis as "stand alone" viewer ?

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28 Nov 2010 12:05 #5680 by grey1beard
My 8.04/EMC2 system is set up in the workshop, currently surrounded by snow.
Is there any way I can use axis to view the g-code I'm writing in the warmth of the house, on a separate system, Ubuntu 10.10, without having to install the whole shebang here ?

If not, what freeware might be available just to view the tool path of my code ?
Many thanks,
John (the old grumpy one:) )

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28 Nov 2010 14:52 - 28 Nov 2010 14:53 #5694 by BigJohnT
You should be able to install the sim version AFAIK...

or use VirtualBox OSE and install the 8.04 livecd on that and just run the Axis sim.

John
Last edit: 28 Nov 2010 14:53 by BigJohnT.

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28 Nov 2010 15:21 #5698 by grey1beard
Replied by grey1beard on topic Re:Using Axis as
Thanks John, I'll explore.
J.

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28 Nov 2010 17:32 #5700 by andypugh
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grey1beard wrote:

Is there any way I can use axis to view the g-code I'm writing in the warmth of the house, on a separate system, Ubuntu 10.10, without having to install the whole shebang here ?


Why not ssh -X to your actual CNC machine and fire up Axis remotely? You then have your actual live config running, but with the screen display in the warmth.

(You can actually run the machine like that, but I am not sure I would recommend it)

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28 Nov 2010 18:30 #5701 by grey1beard
Replied by grey1beard on topic Re:Using Axis as
Sorry I don't know what the ssh -X command means, but would be glad to know.

There is a slight drawback at the moment in getting both systems running at the same time. I've only configured the two systems to run on wired lans ,and at the moment the router is in the warm with me :)
It would mean running a lan cable through the snow via either a window or the back door, both potentially vetoed by SWMBO.
Please don't suggest changing to a wireless lan as that's another tin of worms to be put off for when I decide to go fishing .
John

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28 Nov 2010 18:59 #5702 by andypugh
Replied by andypugh on topic Re:Using Axis as
grey1beard wrote:

Sorry I don't know what the ssh -X command means, but would be glad to know.


ssh lets you run a remote terminal window into your machine.
ssh -X lets X-windows apps run on the remote machine, but with their gui elements on the local machine.

There is a slight drawback at the moment in getting both systems running at the same time. I've only configured the two systems to run on wired lans ,and at the moment the router is in the warm with me :)


That rather kills that idea then.

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30 Nov 2010 16:12 #5769 by grey1beard
Replied by grey1beard on topic Re:Using Axis as
BigJohnT wrote:

You should be able to install the sim version AFAIK...........
John


That worked fine, John. I used my live cd of 8.04/emc2, and checked out my code.
Just as well I did !

Now I want to try the virtualbox route, to see if that's a more convenient method.
Is it possible to run just emc2 in the box, or do I need to have 8.04 in it as well ?
I'll find a "how to" for VirtualBox OSE, and what that entails, later

Come to that, can I just install the latest emc2 version in 10.10 ?
I don't need it to run as a cam, just to run Axis as above.

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30 Nov 2010 17:58 #5772 by BigJohnT
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Hi John,

This seems to be a bit dated but

wiki.linuxcnc.org/cgi-bin/emcinfo.pl?EMC2_Pure_Simulator

I ASSUME you can just change 2.3 to 2.4 and get the sim.

John

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30 Nov 2010 18:06 #5773 by BigJohnT

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30 Nov 2010 18:42 #5775 by grey1beard
Replied by grey1beard on topic Re:Using Axis as
BigJohnT wrote:

Hi John,

This seems to be a bit dated but

wiki.linuxcnc.org/cgi-bin/emcinfo.pl?EMC2_Pure_Simulator

I ASSUME you can just change 2.3 to 2.4 and get the sim.

John

I'll try this one first, John. The second one looks a bit deep just to stick my toe in.
John

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