There are a few software tools I would like to find for working with sand table designs. I haven’t been able to find tools like these yet. If you know of any, please let me know. I think everyone could get some use out of them.
I would like to find a visualizer that makes it easy to jog through line by line. When manually editing gcode, it would be helpful in choosing edit points.
There are two other tools I’m on the lookout for. One would make it easy to “shift” existing designs by a set amount. Example: my table’s drawing area is currently defined as X5 Y40 to X355 Y390 and all designs so far are made to fit those coordinates. I would like to redefine my table as X0 Y0 to X350 Y350, and would like to process my current designs to those coordinates. I’m sure it’s possible, I just don’t know how to do it.
The other tool I’m looking for is not so much needed for the sand table, but for my CNC etch-a-sketch. I need a way to process a design to account for backlash. Normally, I would try and get rid of the backlash mechanically, but in this case, the backlash is internal to the etch-a-sketch. I know it can be done because I’ve seen people mention they’ve done it. Unfortunately, when I see people ask about how to counter backlash in firmware or gcode, they are almost always told to fix their machine instead.
Anyone think of other tools that would be useful for working with sand tables?