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Butch Elrod

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Remote Escape button?
« on: August 26, 2014, 01:43:45 PM »
Has anyone looked into the possibility of making a remote Escape button for the computer?  I'd like to have a way to hit the Escape key from either end of the machine.
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Re: Remote Escape button?
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2014, 07:14:23 AM »
new DWC owner here(actually its still in the back of a truck on its way to me)

but i saw this question and thought of a simple solution. with a wireless presentation remote, like people use when giving power point presentations

http://www.amazon.com/Targus-Wireless-Presenter-Pointer-AMP16US-52/dp/B002HXXN9I/ref=sr_1_12?s=office-electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1418047908&sr=1-12

you can probably program one of the buttons on the remote to execute the ESC command, and then you could carry it with you, or mount it on the opposite end of the machine...

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Re: Remote Escape button?
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2014, 08:05:40 PM »
If your handy with the wiring, you can loop off the E-stop switch on the drive cabinet and position the switch wherever you like. I'm building an enclosure for my machine and will be adding an E-stop or two to the enclosure. Ill take some pics of the process when I do.

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Re: Remote Escape button?
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2014, 08:57:12 AM »
i thought about building an enclosure as well, once i get over the joy of watching it from 6 inches away.

do you have plans or an idea how your planning on building it?

i was thinking making strong corner posts and a plywood lid, and then having all 4 sides made of plexiglass and on hinges so that i can get to all areas to work on it and mount the material inside.

an enclosure not only would help with the dust, but also safety should you break a bit and the tip goes flying.

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Re: Remote Escape button?
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2014, 09:32:12 AM »
I have purchased switches to make wire remote e-stop.
Looks like I'll be selling them for $40.
Let me know if you would like one.
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Re: Remote Escape button?
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2014, 09:03:04 PM »
The enclosure I plan to build will be made from Luann and using legs from an air hockey table. It will have lighting and plexiglass doors in front. Im not too concerned about noise abatement just yet, and I figure I can add insulation to the outside should I choose to give it a go.  Ill be sure to post photos when it complete.

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Re: Remote Escape button?
« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2014, 07:15:41 AM »
It seems to me that using the Emergency Stop button on the controller stops the machine but not the software.  Using the Escape key on the computer stops both.  More of a Pause,,,  (or am I remembering it wrong?)

I would consider this an advantage over the E Stop.
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Re: Remote Escape button?
« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2014, 06:45:29 PM »
Butch, In that case you would want a USB switch
(something like this)
 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA1NV0T67925&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleMKP-PC&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleMKP-PC-_-pla-_-USB+Gadgets-_-9SIA1NV0T67925
 
and program it for Escape/400  or pause/407, or whatever else you like.  There is also a 4 Button version for about $100.00

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Re: Remote Escape button?
« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2014, 07:30:41 PM »
That would do it!

Reminds me of the old tech support story of the lady complaining her foot pedal (her mouse) wasn't working.  :)
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Re: Remote Escape button?
« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2014, 08:53:14 PM »
Nice Butch!

Burl, will your buttons be extensions of the E-stop on the drive console or tied into the CNCUSB interface?

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Re: Remote Escape button?
« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2014, 05:47:14 AM »
The drive control.
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Re: Remote Escape button?
« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2015, 07:40:03 PM »
Butch,
 Finally got time to hookup the footswitch I ordered on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0098PLPOI/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=

It works great. I programmed it as a remote Esc key, and mounted it to my enclosure. It can just as easily be programmed as a pause, start, or anything that is a keyboard shortcut or keystroke.

Here is another option. With more feature, this company offers many different types of keypads that have buttons that can be programmed as keystroke or keyboard shortcut.

http://www.amazon.com/X-keys-Stick-Keys-programmable-keys/dp/B00EZ43FJU/ref=sr_1_4?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1421635077&sr=1-4&pebp=1421635090834&peasin=B00EZ43FJU