Benbox Laser DIY Machines

General Category => General Discussion => Topic started by: HaniC on January 10, 2017, 07:56:49 PM

Title: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: HaniC on January 10, 2017, 07:56:49 PM
So, I ordered an A5 size 2500mW Eleksmaker Laser Engraver kit last week and am yet to receive it.

I was just browsing around today and came across this:

http://www.banggood.com/2-Axis-Stepper-Motor-Driver-Board-Controller-Laser-board-For-DIY-Laser-Engraver-p-1015557.html

This is the control board and it appears to be the new one superseding the old L7. It's a Mana SE I believe. It's the same product ID as the old L7 and a few days ago it was showing pics of the original controller but now pics are of new hardware (with 3 pin laser connector for TTL version?). Here's what they say:

"(Now the original board and the new one will send in random, but in the future, the new boards will replace the original ones, hope your kindly understanding, thank you:) )"

Also, on the A3 version someone wrote a review recently claiming that they got a kit with this new version of controller and with TTL laser instead of the traditional standard version. The reviewer seemed pissed about it but this is a good thing thing right? I should hope I get this version?

If interested here is the link to the A3 version - Check 3rd review from top dated 4th Jan:

http://www.banggood.com/2500mW-A3-30x40cm-Desktop-DIY-Violet-Laser-Engraver-Picture-CNC-Printer-Assembling-Kits-reviews-p1003863.html

I am betting they are going to replace all versions with this proper TTL version in a short while. They've even linked new software this month called EleksCAM. Thoughts?
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: HaniC on January 10, 2017, 07:58:13 PM
Another reviewer also received the updated kit. Review dated the 9th.

Shipped fast. Now in the box is included an instructions sheet (wich is helpful with the video provided here). Assembling time approx 1hr. The control board is entirely new: laser pwm enabled by default, new laser with calibration swich, mill output connector and other nice things (the board itself is called Mana SE). Overall good product, cames with few spare parts and assembling tools. The software provided is quite functioning, but there are others capable of driving this machine better.

I think people may be receiving versions at random until old version stocks are exhausted.
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: HaniC on January 11, 2017, 03:41:08 PM
For anyone interested, I received my kit today and it is infact the Mana SE version with 2500mW laser with on board TTL/PWM.
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: Administrator on January 11, 2017, 03:54:54 PM
For anyone interested, I received my kit today and it is infact the Mana SE version with 2500mW laser with on board TTL/PWM.

We are all interested...!!! Good news...!!!
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: robertch on January 12, 2017, 12:56:13 AM
will be interested to receive mine just bought my first unit last week the 2500w should be here in the next few days i assume what is being discussed here is a good thing ?

when i get it how do i tell if i have revived the new version ?
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: msm on January 12, 2017, 01:19:31 AM
Do we know if you can still flash the new GRBL to these boards so we can still use the alternative software?
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: BritVic on January 12, 2017, 01:56:22 AM
re - "Do we know if you can still flash the new GRBL to these boards so we can still use the alternative software?"

Well someone had to say it! Good question...... Have the software boys got to start over?
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: ROSS on January 12, 2017, 02:29:30 AM
The site I found this morning says the following

EleksMaker-Mana 3 Axis stepper motor drive control board for CNC Arduino GRBL/Benbox laser engraving machine Plotter Dispenser
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: msm on January 12, 2017, 02:49:07 AM
Quote
The site I found this morning days the following

EleksMaker-Mana 3 Axis stepper motor drive control board for CNC Arduino GRBL/Benbox laser engraving machine Plotter Dispenser

I'm hoping that means GRBL will go on fine and therefore all the software that uses this will be fine. I have not received my kit yet (only ordered a few days ago) but once I have I will have a play around with it to see what happens!
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: ROSS on January 12, 2017, 03:43:50 AM
I'm hoping that means GRBL will go on fine and therefore all the software that uses this will be fine. I have not received my kit yet (only ordered a few days ago) but once I have I will have a play around with it to see what happens!

Ha!  its Chinese so depend on it!
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: HaniC on January 12, 2017, 05:12:21 AM
Ok, quick update. Everything is the same as L7 but laser pin is on D11 for PWM. Arduino board appears to still be a nano(ish) board and I can still upload grbl 1.1e onto it and use other software.

So for all intents an puposes, its just an upgrade to the previous version with full TTL laser functionality.
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: ROSS on January 12, 2017, 05:49:56 AM
Thanks Hani....
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: msm on January 12, 2017, 06:20:06 AM
Brilliant, thanks for checking that.
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: Administrator on January 12, 2017, 09:45:48 AM
Ok, quick update. Everything is the same as L7 but laser pin is on D11 for PWM. Arduino board appears to still be a nano(ish) board and I can still upload grbl 1.1e onto it and use other software.

So for all intents an puposes, its just an upgrade to the previous version with full TTL laser functionality.

Whew (wipes brow)...glad I don't have to start all over with BCL...!!!
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: ggallant571 on January 12, 2017, 09:49:10 AM
Gee, if you started over you would have a chance of getting it right.
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: Administrator on January 12, 2017, 09:51:07 AM
Gee, if you started over you would have a chance of getting it right.

Thanks for the encouragement George...!!!
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: ggallant571 on January 12, 2017, 10:13:16 AM
You can find the definition of "Right" in the "Book of Software Ethos" by St. George.
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: nottingham82 on January 12, 2017, 11:46:28 AM
Gallant is mean when he's drunk
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: ggallant571 on January 12, 2017, 12:18:22 PM
I'm in Maine. Pot is legal now.
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: HaniC on January 12, 2017, 09:11:36 PM
OK, Another update:

The Mana SE has an onboard DC to DC converter that generates 5V from the 12V input to power an an optional bluetooth module and also the arduino directly (i.e. when not using a USB cable). By default this 5V rail is not connected to the arduino but it can be by bridging a couple of solder pads with a soldering iron. These pads are located under the arduino so you will need to lift it off to access the pads.

There is a connector on the side of the board to connect the bluetooth module:
(http://i63.tinypic.com/2m35hdz.jpg)

The bluetooth module that can be used would be something like this:
(http://i64.tinypic.com/zn9e8z.jpg)

Available here:
http://www.banggood.com/HC-06-Wireless-Bluetooth-Transceiver-RF-Main-Module-Serial-For-Arduino-p-80364.html (http://www.banggood.com/HC-06-Wireless-Bluetooth-Transceiver-RF-Main-Module-Serial-For-Arduino-p-80364.html)

This would simply replace the serial connection to the PC (or phone or tablet) via USB cable with a serial connetion via bluetooth for wireless connectivity. A nice little addition. I haven't tried it but I think it shouldn't be too difficult to get this to work. I might do it at a later date to simplify things.

Note: You probably don't want to have both the onboard DC-DC converter powering arduino as well as the USB cable. So no USB cable should be connected when the arduino is powered from the onboard DC-DC converter - There will probably be some hardware conflict. This could be resolved by making a hardware change on the arduino itself.
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: nottingham82 on January 12, 2017, 09:16:54 PM
yeah i have blueteeth stuff.  I dont want my laser reliant on that wonderful piece of technology!!  Bluetooth the scourge of wireless connections since 1994
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: HaniC on January 12, 2017, 09:17:45 PM
There is a slight issue with this board though which may not be only relevant to this version.

Occasionally, the laser will turn on by itself when you don't want it on. You need establish serial connection with the arduino before turning on the control board to prevent this from happening. There is a defined "power ON" process in the picture of the post above.

Also, when connecting or disconnecting certain PC software this can happen as well.

It seems like the hardware defaults to laser on, when the PWM pin is floated (arduino not yet running) or even if the arduino is not there. It can be probably be fixed by making a hardware mod but I haven't analysed it that deeply yet. 
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: ROSS on January 12, 2017, 10:49:33 PM
I must look for fire extinguishers on Google then...............
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: Dutchwoodenshoes on January 17, 2017, 12:24:09 PM
Hello, newbie here,

I also recieve the Mana SE this week from banggood, i'm testing but i don't wich firmware i need

I have download and install T2

Is there someone who can help me? Where must i begin?
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: Administrator on January 17, 2017, 12:26:29 PM
You can flash Grbl 1.1e for both T2 and BCL.
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: Dutchwoodenshoes on January 17, 2017, 12:47:50 PM
Thank you, wich firmware? See att
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: Zax on January 17, 2017, 01:23:45 PM
The one on the main menu, 1.1e not any of the custom firmware.
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: echo4golf on January 17, 2017, 02:39:47 PM
Gee, if you started over you would have a chance of getting it right.

Oh Myyyyiiieeeeee!
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: Dutchwoodenshoes on January 18, 2017, 01:08:35 AM
Thanks for the help, now it works [with T2]
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: kempohaken on January 24, 2017, 01:20:23 PM
Hello All,

I receive mine on Jan 12. Unfortunately I got the old model.

Will I be missing anything by having the old one? What are the benefits of having the EleksLaser mana se and the TTL??
If there are any benefits, I'm sure I can get Banggood to send the updated hardware, their Customer Service is awesome.

Cheers
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: Zax on January 24, 2017, 02:13:05 PM
I don't think it's important, the main differences compared to the L7 are:

Laser connector with PWM/TTL signal, 12V and ground (you can use the jumper connection instead).
Motor connector is like the previous laser output, switched 12V from the MOSFET.
Hard wired for Grbl 0.9 so D11 is used for both the laser PWM and the MOSFET control.
No weak laser button (you're better off without it).
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: robertch on January 24, 2017, 02:24:53 PM
I don't think it's important, the main differences compared to the L7 are:

Laser connector with PWM/TTL signal, 12V and ground (you can use the jumper connection instead).
Motor connector is like the previous laser output, switched 12V from the MOSFET.
Hard wired for Grbl 0.9 so D11 is used for both the laser PWM and the MOSFET control.
No weak laser button (you're better off without it).

ok no weak laser button how do you focus the laser without burning a hole in things ?
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: nottingham82 on January 24, 2017, 02:39:42 PM
Slot of ttls have a low power on the TTL board. In t2 you can also turn the laser on at say 10 power
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: robertch on January 24, 2017, 02:49:34 PM
Slot of ttls have a low power on the TTL board. In t2 you can also turn the laser on at say 10 power

Ok will have to work out how to do that as i can only seem to get it to full power by T2
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: nottingham82 on January 24, 2017, 04:08:16 PM
When you are on the window where you send the gcode in t2 look under the jog buttons. There is a box that says 255 change it to 10.  Under that box is a turn laser on button and a flash laser. Press the turn on button. That should work as a makeshift low power button.  It also won't affect your gcode. Your gcode will still be full power
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: lpn9 on January 29, 2017, 05:25:06 PM
Ok, so I lost the first post...
Hello all. I just finished building the 2.5W A3 that I ordered from Banggood on Jan 4th (received 20 days later). No critical  problems (save one), all parts included, and a few spare screws and nuts. Took an afternoon to build (retired, so WORK never gets in the way of hobby time). The only problem I had was the 12v power supply. It was toast. Sent email to see what they can do. I have spare parts(had a universal supply, 4A at 12V) which I hope has enough current for now to test the unit (any concerns?). Running Benbox and after purchasing a new (used) computer with W10, got it installed and connected to the controller. Laser turns on, off, and low light works from the software. Note that there is a low light switch on the laser itself: (http://Image 2.jpg).
Tried to move the gantry, and no dice. Motors just groaned. I loosened the belts a bit, but still no go. I removed the belts from the steppers, and they would rotated in both directions. (working only on the Y axis for now, seeing the X axis I need to remove from the Y brackets). Might need to check the tension on the belts, and maybe increase the current a bit? Also I just went and checked, and I might have a miss-alignment from each side of the mounting plates. I moved it to one side and measured from frame end to mounting plate edge and they were not the same distance. So will have to check/fix this. Also, my stepper/wheel plates are a bit stiff to move on the rails, both Y and X axis. I think the mounting tolerance might be more on the minus side since it took some doing to get them on their respective rails. Noticed that most units out there have the rounded white wheels, and this unit has V-shape wheels (http://Image 1.jpg) so not sure if that's my problem too? (they are a bit giving...rubbery, how do you say it, not as stiff as maybe the white ones) Will figure it out. Maybe go around and loosen all the wheel bolts and hopefully that will give it some slack even after I retighten. (anyone else get an A3 with the black wheels and seeing this problem?)
Laser burns good...(makes a nice dot.. since I can't move it  ;D
Now, hopefully I inserted the images ok (tried preview, but didn't show anything but this box again).

Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: Zax on January 30, 2017, 04:35:53 AM
I believe those are the newer wheel design.

With the belts disconnected the gantry/axis should easily slide from end to end by just lifting the machine an inch or two at one end. There should be almost no friction. Then when you add the belts there should be ~1/4" deviation from light finger pressure. If the motors still don't run smooth then check/adjust the current settings (check the sticky on this for details).

You're close! Providing those are really "spare" screws and nuts  ;D (just kidding, there are usually extras)
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: Hippie With A Cowboy Hat on January 30, 2017, 07:21:15 AM
I had enough extras to build a 3D printer when I was done. And overhaul a 1972 VW Beetle...

Zax and Ralph pointed me in the right direction immediately after assembly, and got me running fine.  Follow their lead, and you'll be burning stuff in no time.  About a week into the laser family, and we're already doing R&D for future products.

I am envious of your upgraded machine.  Between the v-style wheels, Mana SE, and TTL, you hit the Chinese Laser Lottery.  I know a guy that does custom "spinners" if you want to pimp it out even further...  ;)

-Damn Hippie



Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: ToneG on January 30, 2017, 08:30:03 AM
Ok, so I lost the first post...
Hello all. I just finished building the 2.5W A3 that I ordered from Banggood on Jan 4th (received 20 days later). No critical  problems (save one), all parts included, and a few spare screws and nuts. Took an afternoon to build (retired, so WORK never gets in the way of hobby time). The only problem I had was the 12v power supply. It was toast. Sent email to see what they can do. I have spare parts(had a universal supply, 4A at 12V) which I hope has enough current for now to test the unit (any concerns?). Running Benbox and after purchasing a new (used) computer with W10, got it installed and connected to the controller. Laser turns on, off, and low light works from the software. Note that there is a low light switch on the laser itself: (http://Image 2.jpg).
Tried to move the gantry, and no dice. Motors just groaned. I loosened the belts a bit, but still no go. I removed the belts from the steppers, and they would rotated in both directions. (working only on the Y axis for now, seeing the X axis I need to remove from the Y brackets). Might need to check the tension on the belts, and maybe increase the current a bit? Also I just went and checked, and I might have a miss-alignment from each side of the mounting plates. I moved it to one side and measured from frame end to mounting plate edge and they were not the same distance. So will have to check/fix this. Also, my stepper/wheel plates are a bit stiff to move on the rails, both Y and X axis. I think the mounting tolerance might be more on the minus side since it took some doing to get them on their respective rails. Noticed that most units out there have the rounded white wheels, and this unit has V-shape wheels (http://Image 1.jpg) so not sure if that's my problem too? (they are a bit giving...rubbery, how do you say it, not as stiff as maybe the white ones) Will figure it out. Maybe go around and loosen all the wheel bolts and hopefully that will give it some slack even after I retighten. (anyone else get an A3 with the black wheels and seeing this problem?)
Laser burns good...(makes a nice dot.. since I can't move it  ;D
Now, hopefully I inserted the images ok (tried preview, but didn't show anything but this box again).


I received the same one and I think we might have the same issues. Had to slacken off the bolts a little to let the wheels run a bit free. And adjust the motor current.

I think this is in part to the X axis not being free enough. It is very tight on the gantry even with the bolts slackened off. It wouldn't slide by itself even with the belt off, thats for sure. Not sure if the holes for the bolts are just a bit out, maybe just a mm or more than likely these new wheels are a little bit bigger that the previous versions.
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: ggallant571 on January 30, 2017, 09:57:53 AM
Use some light oil on the bearings.
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: lpn9 on January 30, 2017, 03:34:23 PM
Thanks for the tips, and yes, I went around and loosened all wheel bolts, then re-tighten and there was better movement (will go around and add a touch of oil on all the bearings.... EVOO   ;D). I also found out that one of the belts, when I started to remove them to check that all motion was smoother, would catch in one of the rails. Soooooo. had to slice a 1/16"  off a side and now it will slide out of the channel easier. Also, one Y axis mount was out by a hair, so I locked the opposite side, then moved the other side to the correct dimension from an end (as measured on the locked end) and with my third and forth hand, I held the bracket, moved the belt, and held down the clamp to keep that measurement, checked the slack, and tighten the clamp/block....  Have not fired it up yet, but the gantry moves nice in the Y direction, and better in the X (need to EVOO those bearings!!! an even though I'm retired and should be ON IT.... my son left his 2002 Sierra truck that needed all brake lines replaced, and every dang wheel lug bolts needed heat and the old 3' persuasion breaker bar, and a few of those brake line ends are soaking with Liquid Wrench. Its cold up here so worked until the sun went down.

Will update tomorrow if everything works better, and if any other concerns where found. Once I get it working, and try to burn/cut some stuff, will look into better software that might be available somewhere in this forum  ;) . Also, I noticed that my inserted pictures didn't work out, and not sure if there is a procedure for adding the images in mid-paragraph, or are we only allowed to add them at the end?
Thanks for the great forum, and support!!!
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: Hippie With A Cowboy Hat on January 30, 2017, 05:39:23 PM
IPN9- Have been using T2 Laser software for a week now.  Very well put together.  Will also get BCL from Ralph (the site owner) which is more geared toward cuting as well. Many Utube videos on both you can search.

Let us know how you came out.

-Dam Hippie

Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: lpn9 on January 31, 2017, 08:46:49 PM
So, had a bit more time today to check out the unit. Got it to move much better, increased the current to .4 and .72 and was moving, but jittery. Played around with some of the settings in Benbox, and one of them caused the motors to move much smoother. Now, moves much better.
So, burned something and seemed to be ok, but burning of words was painfully slow. A circle burned good, a bit lacking on the burn color. So off to figure out what other values to change to get it to burn with the correct intensity and/or speed? I did notice that there was no difference in level when I pressed the low light button and the max level button on Benbox. So, don't think that's working correctly (changed values in the two boxes, and nothing would change, even when I put 10 in both min and max level, still turned on to max.
Might spend some time checking out T2 Laser and see how it works...after I try a few more items in Benbox. It takes me a while to throw in the towel!!!
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: Hippie With A Cowboy Hat on February 01, 2017, 01:33:32 AM
IPN9- I have read many posts and reviews on T2 before I got it.  Simple enough for a country boy like me, but loads of ability.  On the flip side, never read anything good about the BenBox.  If youre gonna invest the time into learning something, invest it in learning a better program. 

Just my $.02 and worth every penny...

-Damn Hippie
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: lpn9 on February 01, 2017, 09:52:58 AM
Hey Hippie,
$.02 US.... that's like a cruise in CND   ;D
I hear ya... and eventually I will upgrade software. Especially would hope that T2 will burn/cut images the way they are drawn, instead of what I was seeing when it was burning a word (line by line). Need to read more, try more, to see if I just picked the wrong settings. I would hope it would burn each letter or line, before going on to the next (and not like the old impact 9 pin printers, printing image/txt line by painful line.
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: ThothLoki on February 01, 2017, 10:03:43 AM
IPN9
When printing images, Benbox and T2 print using raster (line by painful line). I think what you are looking for is vector engraving/cutting. You can do that in many programs but inkscape is free and useful.
In a nutshell, image files will engrave in raster. dxf files will engrave in vector.

And I agree with Hippie. I have T2 after playing around with Benbox for a while. Worth every penny! Haven't done much cutting yet, but will definitely use BCL for that.
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: Zax on February 01, 2017, 10:22:31 AM
In T2Laser you can just trace the image to create a vector (same as the outline function in Benbox) but with T2Laser you can also manually trace particular sections so you don't get the double line issue.

Of course you can also trace with Inkscape or Corel (the standard for raster to vector conversion) and import as a DXF/PLT.

T2Laser also supports cutting, including multi-pass and also configurable vector adjustment for power or feed rate. This feature changes the setting based on the angle of the cut, so horizontal can use 200 power and vertical 250 with 45 degree 225 etc. You can also use colors to represent different power or feed rate too.
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: lpn9 on February 01, 2017, 02:15:04 PM
So I need vector drawings. I have downloaded Inkscape, and have Corel Draw, plus I think my Turbocad can export dxf files.
Therefore, once I have those, I import it into T2 and then it creates the gcode.
You mentioned that color or grey scale will give different power and feed rates (I guess to "color" the image). Multi pass cutting sounds good, since I have a crap load of ribs to cut for my model ship building I would like to start. Have plans, need to convert all those curves into separate ribs, and the thought of using a coping saw or thin blade scroll saw turned me off from starting years ago.
Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: Zax on February 01, 2017, 03:03:39 PM
I use TurboCAD and Inkscape, both work well. In Corel I use the PLT option as you can do fills.

Take a look at the conversion documents. Yes, you can translate colors to laser power or feed rate. Images use grey scale to convert to the same.

If you only plan on cutting take a look at BCL also.

Title: Re: Updated Banggood Laser kits? (Mana SE and TTL Laser)
Post by: lpn9 on February 01, 2017, 06:25:30 PM
Zax,
 Thanks. Now that I have the unit working, will start reading and checking out the software available. You had mentioned that in Benbox, if I picked outline, it would follow the "outline" of the work instead of line by line. But I just remembered I had picked that, and what it did was line by line, but would do little burns to make an outline of the image (it was a word, so imagine laser turning on/off many times while it made an outline of HELLO, line by line).

Downloaded your pdfs... and I already had your other software downloaded weeks ago, just haven't gotten around to reading/trying T2.
So, off I go to read, and if I have any questions...well, "I'll be back!!" 

Thanks all!!