I wanted to be able to mill PCBs, without the need of a PC, standing next to the Cyclone PCB Factory machine. So, I did take a look on the internet, and noticed that bCNC (besides a lot of other gcode senders), can run on a Raspberry Pi.
So a quick decision was made, to attach a 7" touchscreen and a RPI to the Cyclone.
This extension consists of 3 parts:
- the case, the thing that houses the LCD and RPI
- a bracket to hold the LCD into the casing, with the ability to attach the LCD circuitboard with 4 screws to this attachement. (glue it in place with a few drops of superglue)
- a bracket to hold the RPI. (RPI 3 in my case), also put in place with a few drops of superglue.
The strip with the mounting holes, fits underneath the baseplate (just drill 3 holes), and is the samen height as the feet for the cyclone I designed earlier
( http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1131591 )
So, no matter how tick your plate is, it will always fits nicely underneath it :-)
just print, fits nicely on a 3D printer with 20x20x20 buildvolume.
(20 cm height is even not needed, 10 cm is enough)
You also need this;
- Raspberry pi (3) with wifi USB dongle (so you can place gcode files on the RPI via wifi)
- 7" touch LCD - look on Ebay for "7" inch LCD DIY Monitor for Raspberry Pi HDMI+VGA+2AV Driver Board+ Touch Screen". Complete kit costs about 40 euro
(this kit comes with the touchscreen part included and USB converter, works out of the box.
LCD can be powered by the 12V power supply, already underneath the Cyclone ...
- a short male/male HDMI cable (to connect RPI to LCD)