Having cut a few projects now, I am throwing out a few ideas that would be nice to see in Ground Control. Hope someone finds it useful.
First, some type of time estimation on the cut. I seem to keep getting in trouble of having 1 hour of free time and finding the cut actually takes longer. There is a % complete, but I am guessing that is not in time but in lines of gcode or something. I know some CAM programs have time estimates built in. Does anyone know if they match the real world on the Maslow? Even a stopwatch to measure how long an actual cut took would be nice, so you can get a sense for the next time you cut. Of course I could do this myself, but I don’t think about it til half way into the cut.
Second, It would be really neat to see the sled move, with the bit up and not cutting, to the bounds of the part you are cutting. Either following the perimeter, or the four corners of a box that contains the part, etc. This would help fitting the maximum number of separate cuts onto a sheet of plywood.
Third, some type of max. Z limit, like you would enter after zeroing. I am using a C-beam and accidentally drove it past its physical capability (somehow entered 2.0in instead of 0.2in for my safety height). Same could happen when using manual controls. But when zeroing a new bit it would be really quick to measure and say for example you want the max Z to be +1.5in.
Last, the scroll bars in the settings are really hard to use with a touch screen monitor. They are very narrow and you end up clicking a setting instead of scrolling. I think this can be adjusted in Windows settings also. The other screens, like number inputs, are fantastic for touch screens.