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 = Using Smoothie in grbl_mode = Using Smoothie in grbl_mode
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 +(Or CNC mode)
  
 Smoothie's main job is to interpret G-code and to convert it into movement and actions. Smoothie's main job is to interpret G-code and to convert it into movement and actions.
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 Smoothie supports two different G-code "dialects" Smoothie supports two different G-code "dialects"
  
-* The "reprap" dialect, for 3D printing +* The "reprap" dialect, for 3D printing (NOT NIST compliant) 
-* The "grbl" dialect, for CNC milling+* The "grbl" dialect, for CNC milling (Generally NIST compliant)
  
 The "grbl" dialect is the closest to the "normal" Gcode standard ( NIST ), and is adequate and useful for CNC milling. The "grbl" dialect is the closest to the "normal" Gcode standard ( NIST ), and is adequate and useful for CNC milling.
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 Therefore, we support both formats. Therefore, we support both formats.
  
-The way you choose which format Smoothie will interpret the G-code you send to it as, is by changing the {{grbl_mode}} option.+The way you choose which format Smoothie will interpret the G-code you send to it as, is by changing the <kbd>grbl_mode</kbd> option.
  
-If you set it to {{true}} : +If you set it to <kbd>true</kbd> :
  
-[[code]]+<code>
 grbl_mode    true grbl_mode    true
-[[/code]]+</code>
  
 Then Smoothie will interpret the G-code you send to it the same way GRBL or LinuxCNC does, as "normal" CNC G-code. Then Smoothie will interpret the G-code you send to it the same way GRBL or LinuxCNC does, as "normal" CNC G-code.
  
-If however you set it to {{false}} +If however you set it to <kbd>false</kbd> 
  
-[[code]]+<code>
 grbl_mode    false grbl_mode    false
-[[/code]]+</code>
  
 Then Smoothie will interpret the G-code you send to it the same way Reprap-type firmwares interpret it, as "3D printing" G-code. Then Smoothie will interpret the G-code you send to it the same way Reprap-type firmwares interpret it, as "3D printing" G-code.
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 Smoothie has a special "CNC" build with some special CNC features and adaptations. Smoothie has a special "CNC" build with some special CNC features and adaptations.
  
-This special build has {{grbl_mode}} enabled ( set to "true" ) by default.+This special build has <kbd>grbl_mode</kbd> enabled ( set to "true" ) by default.
  
-You can get the special CNC build pre-compiled at [[[getting-smoothie]]] or compile it yourself at [[[compiling-smoothie]]]+You can get the special CNC build pre-compiled at [[getting-smoothie]] or compile it yourself at [[compiling-smoothie]]
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 +Note, some modules are excluded in CNC mode, like temperature control.
  
 </callout> </callout>
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 This page only mentions 3D printers and CNC mills. Lasers are neither. This page only mentions 3D printers and CNC mills. Lasers are neither.
  
-Traditionally, Lasercutting software ( like [[[laserweb]]] or [[[visicut]]] ) have learned to talk to Smoothie in it's 3D printing mode.+Traditionally, Lasercutting software ( like [[laserweb]] or [[visicut]] ) have learned to talk to Smoothie in it's 3D printing mode.
  
-However, more CNC oriented software can also be used to control lasers ( they are virtually similar to a CNC mill with a very thin tool and no Z axis ), this is the case for example of [[[bcnc]]].+However, more CNC oriented software can also be used to control lasers ( they are virtually similar to a CNC mill with a very thin tool and no Z axis ), this is the case for example of [[bcnc]].
 </callout> </callout>
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 +Typical differences between 3d mode and CNC mode are:-
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 +1. Error messages are different
 +2. G28 goes to park position and is NOT home, $H homes in CNC mode
 +3. Many GCodes may be differently interpreted in CNC mode than in 3D mode, please check your gcode references (Linuxcnc has a good GCode reference, do not use the reprap gcode reference for CNC mode)
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 +**NOTE** you cannot generally use pronterface to control CNC/grbl mode, as Pronterface is for 3D printers and uses a different dialect of gcode, it also does not allow you to send commands such as $H to home. It also tends to truncate commands like G28.2 by not sending the .2 part.
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