Auggie is our motion controller, free for all to use and experimental in all aspect of its design, you'll find it as you download and install Gearotic with a seperate icon called Auggie on your desktop. First of all, Auggie is a Motion Controller design studio, it uses the Hardware line of PoKeys devices by PoLabs to interface between an existing CNC machine and Auggie software .PoLabs released the Pokey 57CNC, TCIP or USB- with adapter DB25 cable to interface and suit the needs of a user with a printer port driven CNC machine. This converts the printer port device to work with Auggie with no additional hardware or electronic change necessary. Please see "How to convert from Mach3 to Auggie" for more details, but this solution converts most printer port machines all in one step, and you may also continue to run Mach3 should you feel it be appropriate? Advantages going this route includes an upgrade to 115K per/sec with Auggie combined with Pokey, and allows you to control up to 8 motors at one time. It accepts Scripting while running GCode and can vary the power, or rate of power to most CO2 lasers out there to get a true laser engraving by varying Z to match up to your focus distance.
The GCode library allows user to add GCode or M Codes to the language of the input file. If Auggie sees a GCode it doesn't recognize, no error is generated, and the program continues, this allows a designer
to specify what codes work, which ones stop the program as an error, and may be scripted to do as the designer wishes. This makes Auggie way more versatile than anyone elses, in allowing any program errors to be tighter controlled by the user, and comes with built in features such as warnings and alerts should somethingt go wrong. Metric or Imperial units exist, or both if needed, all detailed by the onscreen labels. It accepts DXF or GCode to create "shape Files", then once created can be saved in the shapes folder, for callup to use with our laser burning , engraving, or even to repost as Gcode.
The Cons module is also fairly large, however it does many things? As the center of activity and workflow in auggie, with Vector Wizard and processor, it can be used for many artistic expressions or interactions between user and shapes. We feel it is an ambitious thing to put in a cnc program, and should make it a one stop shop for most artistic cnc/laser uses. This module makes it possible for users to embellish the code, and make it do things other controller software can't, that is what our intent was for Auggie in a nut shell. If you have any interest in Motion Control or designing machines out of the ordinary, we definitely invite you to join us on Gearhead Corner to see for yourself.. This is also where you would post any input or suggestions you may have as Auggie develops. Many use it, and it is all becoming very interesting.