Geeksmithing CNC Machines,Electronics Controlling CNC’s with Guitars?!

Controlling CNC’s with Guitars?!

Many people like to use a gamepad or controller to move the CNC router around to position it for zeroing out the axis before a job, or moving it out of the way to put down a new workpiece. I have a few left over instruments from my RockBand days, so I decided to use that! πŸ˜€

This video walks you thru how to set it up and hopefully inspires you to use a unique controller of your own! πŸ™‚

I used the following links to help get this idea off of the ground! Hopefully they can help you too!

Xbox 360 Controller Drivers:

JoyToKey Software:

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