A CNC pendant is a hand-held remote control for CNC machines. It typically features haptic buttons and a rotary encoder jog wheel for fine machine movements. The pendant allows the machine operator to control the manufacturing machine without standing in front of the control computer.
The idea of this project is to replace the physical CNC pendant device with a smartphone application. CNC machine operators are already familiar with the haptics and control of a smartphone device which makes this pendant especially easy to use. Thanks to sound and vibration feedback supported by all smartphone devices on the market, controlling the mobile pendant without looking at the screen are convenient.
The project included designing and implementing the mobile application for Android. The look and feel of the design were adapted to match the main UI of the CNC machine. Reliable network protocols have been incorporated to make remote control via WiFi safe and easy to use.
Skills & Technologies
Qt/QML, C++, Android