Benbox Laser Machines/CO2 Lasers/3D Printers

Software => Other Software => Topic started by: Zax on March 08, 2016, 05:03:18 AM

Title: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on March 08, 2016, 05:03:18 AM
First some background:
I purchased a Banggood A3 2500mW laser for engraving and quickly realized the Benbox software had some limitations. I decided Grbl was the way to go, and started testing alternative software. The only one that came close to doing what I wanted was PicLaser, but the pro version with their sender program is over $100 and it's user interface could use some work (my opinion).

So, now what?
Well, I'm no programmer but I know enough to be dangerous so I started writing my own software.

The result... T2Laser!

(I am attaching a pdf showing some of the features and screens)

Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: bansil on March 08, 2016, 06:53:09 AM
IN

I am curious! and can not be influenced by other programs (because I do not know how to use them)  :P

Let me know if you need help from the guy holding the ladder  ;D
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Administrator on March 08, 2016, 07:56:33 AM
@Zax -- it looks like you've already done a lot of work on T2 and it looks really terrific!!! Please let us know when the trial version is ready to download and try out.

Thanks for your efforts!!!
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on March 08, 2016, 11:26:43 AM
Latest released version: https://t2laser.blob.core.windows.net/install/setup.exe

You can also get it from my website or the popular download sites:
http://download.cnet.com/T2Laser/3000-2130_4-76476538.html
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Graphic/Graphic-Editors/T2Laser.shtml
http://t2laser.software.informer.com/

The XP version is here:
http://benboxlaser.us/index.php/topic,859.msg10320.html#msg10320

-Zax.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on March 08, 2016, 11:45:28 AM
I just tested it using the "LaserInk by nickw89509" branch of Grbl and found it is significantly slower than the J-Tech branch.

A job consisting of ~4000 lines which was estimated to take 1 minute and 30 seconds took over 10 minutes. I will do some more testing and see if it's the firmware or something with feed rates.

- Zax.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Administrator on March 08, 2016, 12:44:41 PM
Hmmm interesting...other than the speed issue, is there much difference between Nick's Grbl and the J-Tech Grbl?

Maybe I should flash the J-Tech Grbl?
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on March 08, 2016, 05:01:49 PM
Hmmm interesting...other than the speed issue, is there much difference between Nick's Grbl and the J-Tech Grbl?

I hadn't tried that branch before so can't comment, it seems to work basically the same in my very limited testing.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: kkberg on March 24, 2016, 02:48:38 AM
Hello,
I made a setup for my friend in Austria with GRBL 0.9j and T2Laser. Axis are moving manually and laser can be switched on and off.
If I start a gcode Programm axis are moving to home position and then everything stops. We use the Demo version. Any ideas?

Thanks Klaus
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on March 24, 2016, 05:30:24 AM
Hallo Klaus,

Grbl 0.9j does not support laser machines. It will only work for basic cutting.

If your friend wants to do engraving I suggest using J-Tech firmware, http://benboxlaser.us/index.php?topic=50.0 which is a modified branch for laser machines.

- Zax.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: kkberg on March 24, 2016, 09:20:19 AM
Thank you Zax, good to know. I can make an own test when I get my controller.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on March 27, 2016, 09:54:45 AM
Updated original post with the latest version:

http://benboxlaser.us/index.php?topic=41.msg272#msg272

- Zax.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: kkberg on March 27, 2016, 10:24:54 AM
You've been very busy Zax.
I've seen that you already implemented my Z-axis suggestion. :)
I made a simulation with EdingCNC.

Thank you very much, great stuff.

Klaus


Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on March 27, 2016, 10:48:22 AM
Wow. That looks really good.

- Zax.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Administrator on March 27, 2016, 12:37:54 PM
You've been very busy Zax.
I've seen that you already implemented my Z-axis suggestion. :)
I made a simulation with EdingCNC.

Thank you very much, great stuff.

Klaus

Tell us about EdingCNC...is it a stand alone CAM solution for our lasers? What is the price?
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: kkberg on March 27, 2016, 02:10:12 PM
Hello,

EdingCNC www.EdingCNC.com (http://www.EdingCNC.com) is a controller for CNC-router which includes also the needed software. A CAM-part is implemented, but I use VcarvePro8 to generate G-Code. VcarvePro8 is the Little brother of Vetric Aspire. There are different controllers available for 3 or more axis. It supports also 3D Printers. Maybe that it's usefull even for lasers, which I didn't see up to now. In my case I only used it to preview the option, Zax implemented in T2Laser, which works properly for me. I had the idea to make G-Code even for a router when it is possible to generate different power Settings with the S-value in T2Laser. Program asks for max Z-depth and the S-value is used to generate a calculated Z-depth for my router. Zax implemented this in T2Laser and I loaded the G-Code into EdingCNC and simulated it for my router. Costs for my version, including hardware, is 350€. Hopefully this makes it more clear.

Klaus
PS: I just saw that Eding also supports laser cutting, but I think it's for more industrial usage. I'll try to get more Information.
Here you find my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=plustronblue most is in German language.
I like to tinker arround with little machines :).
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: kkberg on March 28, 2016, 05:30:14 AM
If someone from Europe is interested in a German translation of T2Laser Intro and Manual, please contact Zax. I provided the 10t version to him.

Klaus
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on March 28, 2016, 06:06:56 AM
Thanks to Klaus for translating the T2Laser manual to German.

Thanks to Massimiliano for his Italian translation of the manual.

- Zax.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Administrator on March 28, 2016, 08:40:38 AM
Nice work Klaus...!!!
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on March 30, 2016, 05:27:45 AM
I just uploaded v1.1a, which now has multi-language support.

Some of the translations may be incorrect, you can blame Google for those  ;)

The exception is the German translation which Klaus helped with, many thanks!

I am currently offering 50% off registration for forum members, so it's only $19.97 and includes 1 year of updates and unlimited e-mail support.

I've had a lot of interest from other sources (T2Laser is published on CNET, ZD and Softpedia) so hopefully this will get them to join here so we can all contribute to the community.

Your support with registrations, suggestions and feedback helps continue development and improve the program - and I very much value it.

- Zax.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: kkberg on March 31, 2016, 11:08:09 AM
Success :)

my friend Georg engraved the pictures successfully. Sadely I can't Show a photo in the moment. First calibration for X and Y was made. After that we had to mirror axis with the $3=6 command. So, thanks to Zax making this possible. Without wanting to blame my friend, it's always very hard for me to get him to the right soint and that he understand what needs to be done. :) So I also knock on my shoulders. :) :) :)

Klaus
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on March 31, 2016, 11:54:32 AM
That's great news Klaus.

I am happy to hear Georg is making progress.

$3=6 would reverse Y and Z axis directions, but we don't have Z so you only need $3=2.

If he has the standard machine it should not require any direction port mask.

Did you use T2Laser to install the settings or edit manually?

I added firmware upload capability to T2Laser in addition to settings, so you can do everything in the program which helps beginners.

- Zax.

Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: kkberg on March 31, 2016, 01:07:17 PM
Hi Zax,

I didn't look at Z. I tried $3=2 but I couldn't see any change when moving axis. I use GRBL Controller to set the Parameter.
Georg situated the laser different on his desk and I had problems to find a real position where jog Buttons where equal to movement.
I also wasn't Aware that I can change Setting from T2Laser. Do you have a manual for that? Georg told me that he would like to see
where the laser is just working in the job. My only solution was showing him GRBL-controller. I think a realtime view is not very important, and
I offered it as a workaround.  I'm waiting for my Controller to set up some linear rails and 2 Motors to tinker a bit and find out more. CNC shiled V4 is ordered too.

Klaus
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on March 31, 2016, 03:24:51 PM
The latest version of T2Laser allows you to upload firmware and default parameters (the same ones I have posted), it doesn't allow changing individual parameters (I can add this in a future version). These features are shown in the conversion document.

I found updating the display with the current laser position caused performance issues when processing very large files containing small segments. Grbl has a very small buffer (only 127 characters) so it is important to keep it full or the look-ahead motion planner won't be optimized. It also seems unnecessary as you can look at the machine and see exactly where the laser is.

- Zax.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: kkberg on March 31, 2016, 11:31:23 PM
Zax,
I have seen that you posted something about firmware upload and parameters, but I really didn't understand all of it.
I'll take a closer look again and hopefully understand it.
Realtime view isn't an issue, Georg only saw that it's included in other software. My answer was same than yours Zax and he has to accept that.
I think he is not aware of buffer underruns and so on.

Thanks Klaus
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: kkberg on March 31, 2016, 11:41:21 PM
Okay, I now understand. I couldn't try it without a controller board and I was thinking about from where T2Laser will download the firmware and parameters.
I'll see it when having my own controller. :)

Klaus
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: kkberg on April 01, 2016, 12:48:46 AM
I translated the conversion manual to understand more (included). The place where to store the parameter file etc., is still not clear to me. Even if the firmware is directly downloaded from Inet or has to be stored somewhere. Sorry but I don't understand it exactly.

Klaus
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on April 01, 2016, 10:15:31 AM
I was thinking about from where T2Laser will download the firmware and parameters.Klaus

Klaus,

The firmware and parameters are stored within my program.

I thought it might help people switch over from Benbox.

- Zax.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: kkberg on April 01, 2016, 11:30:04 AM
Okay, that makes it clear to me.
Really good to know and nice Feature.

Thanks Klaus
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: RuralAccent on April 02, 2016, 12:54:10 PM
Klaus,

The firmware and parameters are stored within my program.

I thought it might help people switch over from Benbox.

- Zax.

Ah, brilliant. This had a me a wee bit confused at first. So, you don't have to track down a separate hex file?

I really like the look of this software. Think I'll  buy a copy shortly :) Great job!
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on April 02, 2016, 02:49:48 PM
So, you don't have to track down a separate hex file?

Correct.

It currently installs a Grbl 0.9 hex and base settings, which should work with most of the Eleks Maker systems. I can also compile a hex with Grbl 0.8 so you don't have to move the jumper but you'd lose the benefits of PWM which is a major reason to upgrade in the first place.

- Zax
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: RuralAccent on April 03, 2016, 10:01:13 AM
Hmmm. I'm having problems getting crisp, high quality from jpegs. I've used the same file in BenBox and it comes out really well, but despite trying different settings in T2, I'm struggling. Do you have any demo/default settings at all? I'm trying it on pine. Does laser power do anything on an Eleks Maker machine? Wondering if I'm doing something wrong there, as well as possibly resolution settings? Any help us much appreciated :-)
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on April 03, 2016, 10:36:25 AM
Sorry, lots of questions...

What resolution are you using?

Are you using greyscale conversion?

1 motor step on most systems is 0.0125mm, or 80 steps per mm.

So that would produce the finest resolution possible.

I usually just enter 0.1 for the resolution and get the same results as Benbox.

Yes, you should be able to control the laser power. Use the manual settings and try 100 for power and 10 for the pulse length and compare it to 255 power and see if there's a difference. If not, then your machine isn't correctly setup for PWM.

- Zax

Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: halfnormal on April 03, 2016, 01:02:11 PM
I have been using the Jtech GRBL since it has been out on a Shapeoko CNC and a Jtech 2.8 watt laser.

The difference between Jtech and standard GRBL is that it allows S changes while in motion without dwelling which is part of standard GRBL. This does affect some of the ARC functions that are used in vector movement but does not affect raster engraving.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: caperry88 on April 05, 2016, 03:52:31 AM
Is there a reason the laser comes on when I load the j-tech.hex and the laserink.hex via the Xloader?  I have to go and load another hex to turn it off.

Is there a jumper I need to move?
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on April 05, 2016, 04:46:40 AM
Is there a reason the laser comes on when I load the j-tech.hex and the laserink.hex via the Xloader?  I have to go and load another hex to turn it off.

Is there a jumper I need to move?

Yes. The one under the Nano needs to be moved to 0.9 (see the conversion instructions in my signature). That enables laser PWM support.

If you still want to use Benbox, just change the laser pin from D12 to D11 in the setup (of course you will still need to flash their firmware) but won't need to keep moving the jumper.

- Zax.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software Firmware conversion
Post by: kkberg on April 05, 2016, 11:01:05 AM
Hello,

today I got my Benbox Controller board. I tried the T2Laser conversion manual, but sadely no success.
I held down “Ctrl” key and clicked the connect button. The announced window didn't appear.
May be that there is a problem depending on German Keyboard.

Klaus
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on April 05, 2016, 11:15:01 AM
Klaus,

Do you have the latest version?

I only added firmware update in v1.1d, and settings upload were added in v1.1b.

I'm now testing v1.1e which can use the Benbox firmware, it's working but still has a few bugs I need to work out.

- Zax
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: kkberg on April 05, 2016, 11:27:47 AM
okay, that could be the reason. I didn't look for it and will do it now.

Thanks Klaus
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: kkberg on April 05, 2016, 11:34:17 AM
Now window opens, but I got an error message. It says Firmware is not unloaded correctly!
But may be it depends on already having the right Firmware saved on the board?

Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: kkberg on April 05, 2016, 11:42:59 AM
No, it's not the reason. I put a different Firmware on the board and same message appered.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Rob F on April 05, 2016, 12:09:47 PM
Now window opens, but I got an error message. It says Firmware is not unloaded correctly!
But may be it depends on already having the right Firmware saved on the board?

Oh, I have the exact fix for that one!  Because I got that same error message.  I'm guessing you pulled the nano board to move the jumper to 0.9 correct?  And I'm guessing you put the nano board back in, but in doing so, you moved it to the left by one pin slot?  Pull the nano board back out, and slide it one pin to the right.  The empty pins should be to the left.  Ask me how I know this! :)  Right Zax? LMAO

Rob
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: kkberg on April 05, 2016, 12:22:07 PM
No, it's not the solution. My Nano was in the right position and I also tried updating only NANO without shield.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Rob F on April 05, 2016, 12:25:49 PM
No, it's not the solution. My Nano was in the right Position and I also tried updating only NANO without shield.

Well shoot.  Are you getting an error on the command prompt screen just prior to that window popping up?

Rob
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: kkberg on April 05, 2016, 12:27:39 PM
No other error messages, even not in the notification area
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on April 05, 2016, 02:45:54 PM
Klaus, so you have an L1 or L2 controller board or something different?

The features in T2Laser are fixed to support these common systems, I think yours is custom.

- Zax.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: caperry88 on April 05, 2016, 06:12:04 PM
Yes. The one under the Nano needs to be moved to 0.9 (see the conversion instructions in my signature). That enables laser PWM support.

If you still want to use Benbox, just change the laser pin from D12 to D11 in the setup (of course you will still need to flash their firmware) but won't need to keep moving the jumper.

- Zax.

Worked out great for the first burn, now just need to play around with it and see what else I can get it to do.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: kkberg on April 05, 2016, 09:22:40 PM
I have the L2 Board as well, it arrived yesterday. You see it in the middle of the included photo.
I connected only USB to the NANO and no power to the board, because I only have the board for the moment, may be this caused the error message.

Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: RuralAccent on April 06, 2016, 03:10:30 AM
Hi Zax. Thanks for the advice. I'm beginning to get better results. Can I just check how you set pulse length in T2?  Many thanks :-)
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: RuralAccent on April 06, 2016, 03:19:33 AM
Sorry, couldn't see the wood for the trees...found it now!
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: caperry88 on April 06, 2016, 03:47:19 AM
So on the first burn the image was a mirror image and I ended up just flipping the horizontal axis to make it come out right.  Is this a normal occurrence?

I think I need to do the PWM mod now.  If I haven't done it yet then all of the burn will be of the same intensity, is this correct?
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: RuralAccent on April 06, 2016, 04:19:41 AM
I'm having a bit of an issue with diagonal engraving. With horizontal, I set home to be bottom left. When I run the code, the laser moves up and across before starting, then engraves so that the final section is close to home. If I switch to diagonal, the laser makes a load of tiny steps to the left before it starts to engrave, which means if home is set bottom left, it tries to push the X axis  beyond its stop point. I'm not knowingly changing any settings other than horizon to diagonal. Am I doing something wrong here? I assumed irrespective of the engraving direction, home bottom left would be fine? Many thanks :-)
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on April 06, 2016, 05:17:34 AM
So on the first burn the image was a mirror image and I ended up just flipping the horizontal axis to make it come out right.  Is this a normal occurrence?

No. With T2Laser you should get exactly what you see on screen. The origin (0,0) is the front/left corner with X+ right and Y+ back. The G-Code view shows the coordinates. In Grbl you can use the $3 setting to swap axis, but 0 should be the correct setting. 1 would flip the X and 2 would flip the Y, 3 flips both. So in a terminal program you would enter $3=1 [enter].

I think I need to do the PWM mod now.  If I haven't done it yet then all of the burn will be of the same intensity, is this correct?

That's correct, you can use the dithered setting to make it "look" greyscale but it's still on/off pixels.

- Zax
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: ROSS on April 06, 2016, 05:27:29 AM
Any reason why the bottom left should be "home"?  A lot of cutters have home at top left (which seems more logical to me).
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on April 06, 2016, 05:30:48 AM
I assumed irrespective of the engraving direction, home bottom left would be fine?

That is correct. It should start in lower left and begin very small movements.

See attached screenshot from the viewer, and the G-Code. Both show it never goes negative from the 0,0.

So, that means something else is happening with your machine.

Did you set 0,0 before starting? (right click the home button and you will see the XY change to 0,0 also if you then click the red EMO button you will see it returns to machine coordinates and you lose the home position - T2Laser keeps track of both and you can double click the XY to switch between them. The job starts at workpiece 0,0)

Is the speed or acceleration too high for your machine? My default parameters assume the axis are setup correctly with low friction, so you can achieve the best possible acceleration and speed without losing steps, it sounds like those initial small fast steps may be too much. In which case you could slow it down, but what you should really do is fix the mechanical issues. Either the axis slides or belts are too tight.

- Zax
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on April 06, 2016, 05:45:10 AM
Any reason why the bottom left should be "home"?  A lot of cutters have home at top left (which seems more logical to me).

No.

I would disagree with your statement though, at least for professional CNC systems. Most use the standard right hand cartesian coordiate system (which G-Code is based on) and X+ is right and Y+ is away from the operator.

What you may be confusing is CNC machines where the table is moved for Y, in that case the cutter is at the rear and the table moves Y- away from the operator, the result is the cutter is actually "moving" towards the operator, so Y+ would be away from the operator.

- Zax

(attached are from Haas and Sherline for reference)
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: ROSS on April 06, 2016, 06:05:39 AM
Thanks Zax.

  I asked because  CorelDraw and Epilog showed HOME as top left and describes how to set it........................
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: caperry88 on April 06, 2016, 05:40:31 PM
No. With T2Laser you should get exactly what you see on screen. The origin (0,0) is the front/left corner with X+ right and Y+ back. The G-Code view shows the coordinates. In Grbl you can use the $3 setting to swap axis, but 0 should be the correct setting. 1 would flip the X and 2 would flip the Y, 3 flips both. So in a terminal program you would enter $3=1 [enter].

So for some reason when I run a burn the origin is in the center of the work area, and when I was testing by just doing manual laser movement and turning the burn on/off, I found that the X+ did in fact send it right, but the Y- sent it back.  Thoughts?
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on April 07, 2016, 05:26:00 AM
So for some reason when I run a burn the origin is in the center of the work area, and when I was testing by just doing manual laser movement and turning the burn on/off, I found that the X+ did in fact send it right, but the Y- sent it back.  Thoughts?

Are you setting workpiece home before sending the job? Does it show 0,0 in the coordinate display (not *0,0 as that's machine origin and not job origin).

I have a thought (untested as I'm not in the shop right now), if you have the 2 Y-axis motor cables swapped that would cause it.

So you can either try swapping the plugs or change Grbl parameter $3=2.

I would suggest the hardware fix, so Y+ is back but that's up to you.

- Zax
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: caperry88 on April 07, 2016, 04:18:02 PM

I have a thought (untested as I'm not in the shop right now), if you have the 2 Y-axis motor cables swapped that would cause it.


Nailed it once again ZAX, but who in their right mind would make it so that the wires would have to cross?
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on April 07, 2016, 04:46:05 PM
Nailed it once again ZAX, but who in their right mind would make it so that the wires would have to cross?

I'm trying to figure out from your picture why they are crossed. The Eleks board is on the back of your machine, correct?

- Zax
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: caperry88 on April 07, 2016, 05:06:36 PM
yes that is correct.  I guess I could rotate it 180 degress, but then it would be too much strain on the wiring....of course how it was assembled made sense to me at the time.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on April 07, 2016, 06:00:36 PM
I'm still confused how Benbox wasn't flipped, but at least you've got it working now.

- Zax
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: sapling on April 08, 2016, 06:50:17 AM
So what are the limitations with the trial version of the software if any?
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on April 08, 2016, 07:12:31 AM
So what are the limitations with the trial version of the software if any?

They are documented in the "T2Laser-Intro" document and also in the manual (see my signature for links).

G-Code Save is disabled.
10,000 line G-Code limit.
30 minutes use per session.

It is otherwise fully operational and will let you verify it works with your system.

- Zax

Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: caperry88 on April 08, 2016, 07:53:20 AM
I'm still confused how Benbox wasn't flipped, but at least you've got it working now.

- Zax

I never got that far in Benbox to do images....and I can't get it to work with the current setup (laptop controller) for now
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on April 08, 2016, 08:56:08 AM
OK, that makes sense.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: dagrizzly on April 09, 2016, 12:35:58 AM
Woohoo....two weeks on holiday and benbox is a grandma  ;D
And I thought about how to change reliable to another Software :D

Nice work Zax!
I've taken a look in the description an the German translation.
Maybe improoving the translation at parts - for legal informations some "Denglisch" (GER-ENG-mix) should be filtered (e.g.: " .Die Benutzung der Software ist gleichzeitig
Anerkennung dieser Vereinbarung").

But anyway good work @ Klaus (for an Austrian guy  ;) )

Great great work.
I will Test it and (if the results are good to me) purchase a license ;)

Oh...and.... I will add some endstops to my Eleks Board for Homing. I think your Software can handle that, right?
(I think I will make an endstops Shield, modified for the Nano on Eleks Board).

Greetz
Raphael
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: kkberg on April 09, 2016, 12:38:34 AM
Hi,

I know that Problem of the legal part, but didn't take to much care on it. Legal is always a mess and very complicated.
Hopefully the rest ist much better to understand. Please give me Information about inprovements, I'll Change it in the
original document.

:) Klaus :)

PS: I'm not from Austria but did it for a "Schluchtenscheißer" :) :) :) and he already complaint the legal part as well, without having better words. :)
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: kkberg on April 09, 2016, 12:42:42 AM
Raphael,

I'm very interested in the endstop solution too. Please keep me up to date on that item.

Thanks Klaus

PS: In which part of Germany do you live, if I may ask?
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on April 09, 2016, 05:09:01 AM
Thanks Raphael.

I agree home switches would be great. Unfortunately most of the laser branches do NOT have homing, the code changes to support laser need more space so something has to be removed - and the easiest to drop is the homing routines as they're fairly long and complex.

The developers are working on porting Grbl to a larger Arduino, so then we will be able to have all of the features we want.

- Zax

P.S.  I'm not worried about the legal translations, they only just make sense in English
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: dagrizzly on April 10, 2016, 02:06:27 AM
Please give me Information about inprovements, I'll Change it in the
original document.

Okay, I will ;)

PS: In which part of Germany do you live, if I may ask?

Updated my profile information to the nearest "city" ;D
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on April 12, 2016, 04:59:06 PM
Latest version released with sketch feature and also supports Benbox firmware.

This was a fairly major update so I would appreciate feedback.

- Zax
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: kkberg on April 13, 2016, 09:47:27 AM
Zax,

I got it and German manual is in same order like English Version. :)

Klaus
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on April 13, 2016, 09:54:05 AM
That's great. Thank you for your help.

I know I need to add some of the new menu/icon names to my language list too, but wanted to get this version released as I am on holiday next week and won't have computer access.

- Zax
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: ROSS on April 13, 2016, 12:05:25 PM

 I am on holiday next week and won't have computer access.

- Zax

That should leave a few of us biting our fingernails then!
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: caperry88 on April 13, 2016, 05:47:39 PM
Ross, I agree and the world may
come to an end..............

I am on holiday next week and won't have computer access.

- Zax

I hope there is someone out there that will be able to help!!!
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: joseavilada on April 14, 2016, 12:27:26 PM
At the end of job laser is on, low power but on. Is there any option to turn off automatically the laser when the job have finished??
i`m interested to purchase a license of T2Laser. I have sent you a private message.
Thanks
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on April 14, 2016, 01:48:47 PM
@joseavilada

Which firmware are you using?

If you check the G-Code, at the end you will see an M05 command which is laser disable. The firmware on your Nano should interpret this and turn off the laser.

If you click laser off does it shut off?

- Zax
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: joseavilada on April 15, 2016, 10:35:01 AM
I'm using Grbl 0.9 with J-Tech and I send you a Photo with firmware and parameters. I have a A5 5500mw Gearbest laser, and at the finish of the job the laser goes to home but it is on (low power).
I send you a Photo of grbl of a square generated by T2Laser. I can see the M05, but I thing the commnand G00 X0 Y0 F1000 (to return home) makes turn on laser, because If I use the keys to move X and Y or home button the laser turns on too.

Another question...
I can control the power perfectly 8) but the images that I engrave are flip (like if you see through a mirror) as image I send. In the monitor is ok
Thank you
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on April 15, 2016, 11:04:35 AM
No way should the G00 (rapid move) turn on the laser, or when sending jog commands. That is not good.

Did you load firmware and parameters from T2Laser or using Xloader or similar?

For the flip, when you press jog keys does it move as expected? If not, which axis is flipped?

You can change the Grbl parameter to fix it.

Use $3=1 to flip X axis, $3=2 to flip Y or $3=3 would flip both.

- Zax
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: joseavilada on April 15, 2016, 11:39:26 AM
I sent the G00 X0 Y0 F1000 from the UGS and the laser turns on.
I loaded J-Tech with Xloader previously I changed the pin in Eleks Maker A5. You told me where was the J-Tech.hex in this community, do you remember?
Then I loaded the parameters using T2Laser v.1.1h
Using UGS, with F3000 I can move axis correctly and the laser turn on like T2Laser. At this point with M5 laser dont turn off. Its necessary M3 S0 and M5 to turn off . Any suggestion. Thanks



About the flip, it's solved. I don't know how but its ok
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on April 15, 2016, 02:18:51 PM
I suggest to use T2Laser to upload the firmware, with no G-Code loaded select the port and right click the connect (lightning bolt).

If the connect isn't showing just right click the big red button to disconnect.

This is not normal operation, M03 S0 sets the laser to 0 but should always be followed by a M05 to disable it. Once disabled it should not be able to turn back on unless you issue M03 again.

- Zax
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: joseavilada on April 15, 2016, 02:35:53 PM
I didn´t know that your program can load firmware...  I´ll do like you say, but how can I empty the grbl-code from motherboard to load using T2Laser??.
Is there any manual of T2Laser? thanks
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on April 15, 2016, 02:45:43 PM
If you open T2Laser and click the "Control Laser" button it will be ready to load firmware, nothing else to do.

Yes of course, the link to the manual is in my signature.

- Zax
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: IIA on April 15, 2016, 07:47:23 PM
Hello everybody, I am lurking already some time here (shame on me) but decided to bite the bullet and register and try out T2Laser software.
It is now 4u45 AM here in Belgium and I got it finally installed on my BG A3 Elek laser machine, altough the movement on both axes is mirrored.. shouldn't be to hard to change, but still figuring out how to get in the grbl portion of T2 to change that.
Looking forward to testing this software out and helping you with finetuning it!!
Keep up the good work (interface is looking crisp and intuitive on first glance!)
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: kkberg on April 15, 2016, 08:25:08 PM
Hi,

everything you need to Flip axis, you'll find here http://benboxlaser.us/index.php?topic=41.75 in the middle of the page. It's the $3 Variable which can be used to Flip x or Y axis.

Klaus
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Sir-James on April 16, 2016, 08:11:24 AM
I´ve got the same Problem.
But where do i have to change it?
In the hex? and then flash again?

     You can change the Grbl parameter to fix it.
     Use $3=1 to flip X axis, $3=2 to flip Y or $3=3 would flip both.

But i used the hex in T2laser, where can i edit it??
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: kkberg on April 16, 2016, 08:21:34 AM
Please use command line in grbl controller or Benbox. Type $3=1 or the other values
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: RuralAccent on April 17, 2016, 12:34:12 AM
Is it possible to have a thread just of T2 laser updates, with no public comments? I'm finding it a wee bit hard to keep track! :-)
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: ROSS on April 17, 2016, 01:46:47 AM
Is it possible to have a thread just of T2 laser updates, with no public comments? I'm finding it a wee bit hard to keep track! :-)


I would suggest that people who want their pet ideas to be incorporated in T2  (and they appear to be experienced somewhat in laser ops).... PM Zax and he can then deal with it in his next update...which I think should be a monthly updated version NOT as we are getting now..a new T2 version every other day just because people want their ideas incorporated......it confuses the newbies..
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: joseavilada on April 17, 2016, 11:48:39 AM
Zax, a new idea for your consideration for T2Laser is configure a button to set number of passes. it is very necessary when you need cut a wood table and the laser can`t cut it in one pass. Thanks
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: capzicco on April 17, 2016, 02:54:16 PM

I am currently offering 50% off registration for forum members, so it's only $19.97 and includes 1 year of updates and unlimited e-mail support.

- Zax.

Is still avaiable the offer at 50% ? If yes how I can have it ?
I love your program.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: ROSS on April 18, 2016, 12:03:42 AM
Apparently ZAX is on holiday.   PM him for a reply sometime.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on April 22, 2016, 10:02:06 AM
The offer is still available until the end of April 2016.

- Zax
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Ken on April 22, 2016, 02:34:32 PM
Zax

I Have had good results for my needs with you program and want to order it and now that I see the discount it is even better. There is a large learning curve when engraving different types of woods that I use in the pens and boxes I make, so it has been interesting to come up with the proper speed, power setting and resolution for the different woods. I have attached a picture of a yellow pencil and a custom pen from very hard wood that both came out well with a little tinkering and 2 passes on the hard wood. I won't show you the pile of scraps I have from trial and error, more errors then I want to talk about. Where do I send the request for the invoice or can you just send it to me? Thank you for all your hard work and patience with newbie's like myself. I am comfortable working on computers but new to code.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on April 22, 2016, 03:27:34 PM
For anyone wanting to take advantage of this offer, just PM me your email and I will send a Paypal invoice.

It looks like you could use my sketch "raster" mode (coming soon) to do filled text and it also supports multi-pass. The DXF import and sketch vector both have multi-pass enabled already and that version is current being tested.

- Zax
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: gta18 on April 23, 2016, 12:58:50 PM
Can I get a discount too?
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: IIA on April 24, 2016, 10:21:29 AM
I am also interested in the software with 50% discount, have been building my fume extraction case over the weekend so I can start heavily testing the software cause now it was gorillas in the mist lol
damn wood gives a lot of fumes!
will post my (easy) built here in the forum (diy with some multiplex panels cut by your favourite diy shop (service everywhere available in Europe), some nails wood glue, a standard fume exhaust pipe for washing machines/kitchens and a ventilator from i7 processor + to check visually (not needed actually) a piece of acrylic board and a hinge

I am no great building cutting sawing,.. talent so If i can make one everybody here can make one lol :D
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on April 24, 2016, 10:49:59 AM
Anyone wanting to take advantage of the forum 50% off (must be paid by 4/30), just PM me your e-mail address and the "User ID" from T2Laser registration page and I will send you a Paypal invoice.

- Zax
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: QuietMike on April 24, 2016, 11:56:48 AM
how much is the software? does it include any revisions or updates that may come in the future?
thanks
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on April 24, 2016, 12:40:29 PM
QuietMike,

It's $39.95 ($19.97 with the current forum discount) and includes 1 year of updates and unlimited support.

- Zax
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: caperry88 on April 24, 2016, 01:09:59 PM
It is well worth the investment.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on April 24, 2016, 01:42:54 PM
@joseavilada

How did you fix the issue with the laser not turning off correctly?

Thorsten is having the same problem and we have confirmed the G-Code is sending M03 S0 and M05, he also gets the same problem with Universal GCode Sender so I don't believe it is related to T2Laser. Most likely a firmware or hardware issue.

- Zax
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: joseavilada on April 24, 2016, 04:34:39 PM
The issue is not fix. simply at the end of work I push the botton that turns off the laser and it turns off. I 've noticed that when I turn on the option to engrave frame after work, laser turns off correctly.
attempts to review what makes that option to find the bug.

finally after two weeks of use, your program works great and solves the problem of laser power . I will watch for new updates. Thank you
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on April 24, 2016, 04:36:50 PM
The issue is not fix. simply at the end of work I push the botton that turns off the laser and it turns off. I 've noticed that when I turn on the option to engrave frame after work, laser turns off correctly.

Thank you!

That information could be very helpful. I will investigate further.

- Zax
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: joseavilada on April 24, 2016, 04:43:03 PM
Sir-James has the same problem and it has a 5500mw laser too, perhaps it is a issue of this kind of laser. By the way when I move manually the laser with program button (t2Laser, UGS...) the laser turns on and it is very useful to position the laser 8)
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on April 24, 2016, 05:09:34 PM
Yes, I think it is something different with your hardware, but it sounds like a safety issue.

I just loaded v1.2b (release candidate), which is the same as v1.2a but I added a "double" force laser off.

Please see if this helps.

- Zax
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Sir-James on April 24, 2016, 11:38:13 PM
How joseavilada said, i´ve the same Problems.
I didn´t tested to engrave a Frame, if the laser turns off.
But i will test it after work and the new Version1.2b, too.

Thanx

@joseavilada what happens when you engrave a rectangle made in Sketch?
i don´t get only the rectangle, i also become the line from homeposition to one edge of the rectangle because laser doesn´t stop.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: caperry88 on April 25, 2016, 03:32:43 AM
Yes, I think it is something different with your hardware, but it sounds like a safety issue.

I just loaded v1.2b (release candidate), which is the same as v1.2a but I added a "double" force laser off.

Please see if this helps.

- Zax

Thanks for the updates Zax, but I am not sure you truly got to enjoy your Holiday!!!!
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Sir-James on April 25, 2016, 04:40:20 AM
Hi Zax,

the update to 1.2b didn´t help.
Laser is still on.
It only turns off, when i press the button, or when i engrave the Frame.
So the laser is accepting the Code.

I don´t know much about the codes but i attache two files.
One with Frame, when the laser turns off.
And one with the same Image but without Frame, when the lasers stays on.
Perhaps you can find differences.

I hope so.

Greetings

Thorsten
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on April 25, 2016, 04:53:40 AM
I'm at a loss to understand it, both are sending a laser power 0 and laser off commands.

Is anyone else seeing this? It must be a firmware/hardware issue of some sort, especially since it happens with UGS also.

If you click the laser off button, does it then stay off or if you jog does it come back on?

- Zax
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Sir-James on April 25, 2016, 04:57:18 AM
When i click the laser off button laser turns off and stays off until i jog it turns on again (but only with low intensity, no engraving or cutting)
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on April 25, 2016, 05:44:10 AM
Did it do this with Benbox also?

Does it turn off after a short period or stay on until you click laser off again?
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Sir-James on April 25, 2016, 06:17:59 AM
With the Standard Benbox Software laser turns off. stays off.
even when i jog it stays off.

2. In T2 laser stay "on" until i click off
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on April 25, 2016, 06:21:53 AM
Did you ever try the Benbox firmware with T2Laser?

This would tell you if it is an issue with Grbl / J-Tech firmware and your hardware or not.

- Zax
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Sir-James on April 25, 2016, 06:27:06 AM
no i didn't
So shell i load the firmware from benbox (LX-Nano.328p.20150626.hex)  with XLoader.
And try T2laser without changing Jumper to 0.8)? Right?
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on April 25, 2016, 06:41:55 AM
no i didn't
So shell i load the firmware from benbox (LX-Nano.328p.20150626.hex)  with XLoader.
And try T2laser without changing Jumper to 0.8)? Right?

You can have jumper in either position, but need to use Benbox to set the correct pin value. So if jumper is in 0.9 position you would set the laser pin to 11 and if you move jumper back to 0.8 position you would use pin 12.

Perhaps it is a good idea to test both ways, and see if it is due to 0.9 jumper that it causes your issue.

- Zax
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Sir-James on April 25, 2016, 07:06:00 AM
Ok i will try and tell you
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: joseavilada on April 25, 2016, 07:20:03 AM
I changed the pin to 0.9 version and i have this issue.
Like Thorsten said the new version do not fix the problem but I think I've found the cause.
we must understand that for some reason (hardware 5500mw) every time the laser is moved, it turns on. the reason when I engrave the frame it turns off correctly is because after the m05 command goes g00 x00y00, but the laser is yet in this position (it starts the frame there) then as there is no movement, the laser remains off.
At this point, to fix the issue of 5500mw laser, I think that after the end of the work, in G00 X00 Y00 , should be put M03 S0 and M05.
I tried this in UGS and only with two commands (m03 and m05) the laser turns off correcly.
Thank you Zax for your time
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Sir-James on April 25, 2016, 07:50:42 AM
ok i changed the pin to 11 because i´ve set the jumber to V0.9.
But nothing changed. The laser stays on and turns on again when i jog.

@joseavilada i don´t realy understand what u mean.
What do i have to Change and how?
you have after the laser reached the homeposition ( G00 X00 Y00 ) send the turn off Signal. But why does it activate when you jog?
Can Zax Change it in his T2laser?

Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on April 25, 2016, 08:56:21 AM
You don't have the "weak" laser button pressed on the Eleks board do you?

That may cause this.

- Zax
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Sir-James on April 25, 2016, 09:10:01 AM
No i don't.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on April 25, 2016, 09:17:34 AM
I noticed on the youtube video Ross posted, the laser was also on after use like you describe. This is using Benbox.

- Zax
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Sir-James on April 25, 2016, 09:20:50 AM
But when i use benbox with jumber v0.8 it turns the laser off after Work.
I can't use benbox with jumber set to v0.9
Even with benbox firmware not.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on April 25, 2016, 09:33:17 AM
After you change the laser value Benbox should work OK with 0.9 jumper position.

- Zax
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Sir-James on April 25, 2016, 09:51:54 AM
Ok. But it doesn´t work.
Let me see if i did it right:
I tried two Things.

First: i simply opened Benbox and changed the Laser value to 11 like in your post.
        But nothing changed. Benbox doesn´t work. T2laser Looks like it  workes without Changes.

Second: i opend benbox and flashed the Benbox hex (LX-Nano.328p.20150626.hex) and changed then the value to 11.
             But benbox didn´t work. i couldn´t jog the laser for example. T2laser Looks like it  workes without Changes.

Was that right, or do i have to set the jumber to v0.8 before doing the value Change??
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on April 25, 2016, 10:08:13 AM
No. That should have worked.

I have used Benbox (with Benbox firmware loaded and laser set to 11) with the jumper in the 0.9 position many times, everything works as expected and then I can start T2Laser and use it without doing anything since it auto-detects the Benbox firmware and knows how to talk to it.

Which machine do you have? Is it from Banggood?

- Zax
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Sir-James on April 25, 2016, 10:12:56 AM
yes. It´s the banggood Din A3 with 5500mW.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on April 25, 2016, 10:25:53 AM
When the laser turns on with jog, is it very low power like a positioning light?

I can only imagine it is designed this way but I don't know why only a few machines have reported this, or perhaps the weak laser switch is faulty?

Anyone else have any ideas?

- Zax
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Sir-James on April 25, 2016, 10:37:33 AM
Yes you are right, it´s only very low power, when it turns on like the positioning light.

After engraving, when it goes back in ist homeposition it´s also the very low power light on, but it doesn´t turn off.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on April 25, 2016, 10:45:55 AM
Then if you click laser off it goes off, but if you jog it comes back on?

It definitely sounds like a "positioning feature", but I don't know how they implemented it unless your controller board is slightly different.

- Zax
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Sir-James on April 25, 2016, 10:49:43 AM
Yes you are right:
when i click laser off it goes off, but if i jog it comes back on with a lowpower laser.

Shall i post a Picture of the board?
Or where can i find which board it is??

One more question:
When i set the jumber, i have to pull the Little board out which is over the jumber.
I can put it in in two different positions.
But the right one is, when the Pins are near the axis cables and the free pin is at the edge of the board. Right??
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on April 25, 2016, 11:00:54 AM
What color is the board, L1 is Red and L2 is Blue.

Yes, the Nano socket has extra holes at end of board.

From your description it sounds like this is by-design and would not be controlled by software or firmware, so I don't think you can change it.

- Zax
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Sir-James on April 25, 2016, 11:07:02 AM
It is the blue one.
Eleks Maker L2
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Sir-James on April 25, 2016, 11:18:54 AM
Hi Zax,

now Benbox works with V0.9
I set the jumber back to v0.8 and flashed the benbox.hex . Then i made the changes to value 11.
set the jumber back tov0.9.
And now  Benbox works with v0.9.

But when i jog in Benbox, the laser stays off!!

Now the laser stays also off in T2laser!
I will test more and Report.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Sir-James on April 25, 2016, 11:33:38 AM
Ok here the result:

When i flash the benbox.hex the laser turns off and stays off in Benbox nd in T2laser.
When i flash with T2laser, then laser turns on and stays on with low power when i jog or after an engraving.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on April 25, 2016, 11:37:56 AM
Benbox firmware doesn't support variable power, so there is no M03 S0, just an M05 command but obviously that is enough, it seems strange then that with laser Grbl when you send both M03 S0 and M05 it still won't stay off.

I don't know what else to suggest, perhaps the LaserInk firmware would provide different results if you really don't want the laser positioning "feature".

- Zax

Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Sir-James on April 25, 2016, 11:42:08 AM
No then it´s ok.
Importen is that it doesn´t burn at hte homeposition.
And because it is only the lowpower light it´s ok.
Thanx very much for your help and time.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: jlauzon on April 25, 2016, 12:45:42 PM
For the record, my 5.5w laser from GearBest stays on low power in T2 as well (with T2-packaged firmware and settings). I actually prefer that it works this way.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on April 25, 2016, 12:56:37 PM
So it seems something different with the 5.5W

- Zax
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Abstracter on May 31, 2016, 11:53:12 PM
Hi Zax, new user here with some problems. Thanks so much for making this program it looks really promising, I just need some assistance.

I have the same Banggood A3 2500mW laser engraver as you do. I believe I have correctly followed all the steps to get T2 Laser working, but I have not been able to get the motors to move, or the laser to pulse. I will reiterate exactly what I have done:


I am at a loss as to how to troubleshoot this now. If you can provide any help it would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on June 01, 2016, 05:45:17 AM
Hi Abstracter!

You didn't need to "clear" the Nano, T2Laser will overwrite whatever is on it when you upload the firmware (step 1) but no harm either.

It sounds like you successfully got the firmware installed as it's detecting "Grbl Ready", jumper position doesn't matter.

So default parameters are also loaded - excellent.

OK, so the button near the PSU input must be depressed - that's the motor / laser power. The other one should not be depressed as that's the "weak" laser button which probably doesn't do much of anything (except spin the fan).

So - with the power button on, start T2Laser and connect (you should momentarily hear the motors make a noise). Then you can jog it around, set home etc.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Mason on June 05, 2016, 04:31:04 PM
Are you setting workpiece home before sending the job? Does it show 0,0 in the coordinate display (not *0,0 as that's machine origin and not job origin).

I have a thought (untested as I'm not in the shop right now), if you have the 2 Y-axis motor cables swapped that would cause it.

So you can either try swapping the plugs or change Grbl parameter $3=2.

I would suggest the hardware fix, so Y+ is back but that's up to you.

- Zax

Hi Guys I'm New here.  Thanks for the tip.  I was having this problem as well. Not that it was actually a "problem" still printed just fine but couldn't for the life of me figure out why it was starting in the top left instead of bottom left.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: alwhorley on June 06, 2016, 07:00:23 AM
I just uploaded v1.1a, which now has multi-language support.

Some of the translations may be incorrect, you can blame Google for those  ;)

The exception is the German translation which Klaus helped with, many thanks!

I am currently offering 50% off registration for forum members, so it's only $19.97 and includes 1 year of updates and unlimited e-mail support.

I've had a lot of interest from other sources (T2Laser is published on CNET, ZD and Softpedia) so hopefully this will get them to join here so we can all contribute to the community.

Your support with registrations, suggestions and feedback helps continue development and improve the program - and I very much value it.

- Zax.

Are you still offering this discount?  Just got the 5500mw and benbox feels like a crime against geeks everywhere.
    Al
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: ROSS on June 06, 2016, 07:11:15 AM
That was an earlier offer.
 Zax made another one which I Think  expired yesterday........
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: dindunuffin on June 06, 2016, 07:17:03 AM
Pay the man full price, its well worth it. 
This is one piece of software that has reliable support and the documentation is not written in Engrish.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: alwhorley on June 06, 2016, 07:33:16 AM
Yep, it is not expensive, I simply go for a discount where available.  Thanks for the quick replies.
   Al   
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: ROSS on June 06, 2016, 08:17:35 AM
Buy it from a commercial outfit and it would probably cost you 300 bucks  (and you would not get to talk to the nice man that came up with it).....
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on June 06, 2016, 08:35:31 AM
and you would not get to talk to the nice man that came up with it

I don't know who he is, but you can always contact me  ???

There are no discounts at the moment, and none planned so you won't be missing out.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: eodguy on June 07, 2016, 11:43:46 AM
Zax,

I am having an issue. I think I may need to flip Y-axis. The G-code preview has the image oriented correctly. Though when burning the image is reversed. The original image look like the burn but then I flip it in T2 to get the G-code preview image, which is what I want.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on June 07, 2016, 02:11:21 PM
It looks like you need to flip the X-axis. When you click left jog does the head move right?

If so, just Ctrl-Click the left jog button to change the Grbl parameter. The same works for the down jog if you need to swap Y-axis and of course the diagonal left/down for both.

Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Abstracter on June 16, 2016, 12:03:59 PM
Hi Abstracter!

You didn't need to "clear" the Nano, T2Laser will overwrite whatever is on it when you upload the firmware (step 1) but no harm either.

It sounds like you successfully got the firmware installed as it's detecting "Grbl Ready", jumper position doesn't matter.

So default parameters are also loaded - excellent.

OK, so the button near the PSU input must be depressed - that's the motor / laser power. The other one should not be depressed as that's the "weak" laser button which probably doesn't do much of anything (except spin the fan).

So - with the power button on, start T2Laser and connect (you should momentarily hear the motors make a noise). Then you can jog it around, set home etc.

Thank you for the help! It was in fact the power button simply not being pressed, how silly of me.

Now my motors and laser are working, but I've yet been able to get the machine to draw a shape correctly. Using the sketch tool, I tried printing a simple circle, but it comes out very elongated, what might this be caused by? The tension on my motor bands seems appropriate, but should I need to mess around with those to find the right speed? or can this be solved on the software side?

The machine also is not aware of it's size or orientation. When I try to draw something in the default size for the 'Eleks Maker A3' (400x300 - apparently, what units are these by the way?) the machine tries to drive beyond the border and I have to stop the operation.

Additionally, when I want to draw something in the top right corner of my work space, (where I would consider 'home'), I need to draw my image in the bottom left of the sketch pad.
I guess my machine is technically 'upside-down' but this is how I want it to be set up on my desk.

How can I "teach" my machine to know its available working area and also correct the XY orientation to the way I want it?

Thanks for the support Zax and I really look forward to getting this all working smoothly. I already know I'm going to end up buying the full software :-)
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on June 16, 2016, 01:53:08 PM
It sounds like you need to load the correct Grbl parameters for your machine, the defaults in T2Laser should be OK for most machines.

Right click the send (envelope) with no G-code loaded and it will upload them, wait until it finishes and then repeat 2 more times to ensure all settings are saved to the EEPROM correctly.

Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Kunaphil on June 21, 2016, 10:20:06 AM
hello,
another newbie here.  just purchased a gearbest laser.  don't know if it is an A5 or A3.  the info says it has a working area of 15x20 cm.  can someone tell me which model it is?  Zax, I just downloaded the t2laser software.  it looks very promising for me.  Thank you for developing something that actually works!
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on June 21, 2016, 10:25:48 AM
That would be an A5 size machine.

Thank you for evaluating my software and the kind words.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Elephantman on June 24, 2016, 06:51:52 PM
Hi Zax,

I've downloaded your software, currently running in trial.

X and Y axis are swapped.
I tried ctl+click on the jog arrows, and the message says they are reversed, but it still controls everything in the original reversed manner, it had no effect.
I'm guessing the trial version has inadvertantly prevented it from writing these settings.

Also clicking on output size does nothing.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Elephantman on June 24, 2016, 06:54:56 PM
Forgot to mention this is the A5 2500mw from banggood.
Also, with regards to firmware, I've flashed the Nano firmware through benbox, do i need to flash separate firmware for the T2 software.

John
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on June 25, 2016, 04:24:45 AM
Not related to the trial, it's because you are running the Benbox firmware which does not allow T2Laser to make any changes to the configuration.

To make the axis and sizes correct you must use Benbox to setup the configuration, but if it's correct in Benbox it will be correct in T2Laser.

With a true Grbl firmware, either master or laser branches you can set these configurations from T2Laser and everything will work correctly.


Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Elephantman on June 26, 2016, 03:35:44 AM
Benbox, everything is perfect, T2 laser, x and y axis run in reverse.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: ROSS on June 26, 2016, 04:43:22 AM
There are posts on here about that problem and the correction......................
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on June 26, 2016, 04:47:06 AM
So when you press the left arrow the head moves to the right (X+) and when you press the down arrow the head moves towards the back of the machine (Y+)?

See attached to confirm machine orientation. This is the industry standard, with origin front left and + right and back.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: anfedi on July 25, 2016, 12:42:42 PM
zax hello, look when I put an image recording on the t2laser program I get many stripes on the g-code and laser copies them all, is there any way to remove those stripes so that the laser not copy?
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Agastar on July 25, 2016, 12:58:18 PM
is T2 set to skip blank lines?
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: anfedi on July 25, 2016, 01:12:20 PM
this position but I still doing
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on July 25, 2016, 02:13:31 PM
I don't see any lines in the output, perhaps I am just not seeing it on ipad.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: anfedi on July 26, 2016, 01:05:43 AM
hello zax are all yellow lines, in theory you should skip them?
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on July 26, 2016, 05:57:27 AM
Yellow lines means the laser output should be 0 (off) or very close, if you check the G-Code you should see a very low S value for those segments. If your laser min power is 0 then I would expect those to be 0 in the output code.

If your machine is not turning off the laser then something is wrong with the setup, are you using J-Tech firmware?

I'm not sure if you are using grey scale or black/white, but perhaps check black/white mode and see if the issue is your laser response to low S values.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: anfedi on July 26, 2016, 11:23:38 PM
hello zax not know much about this subject as I install firmware J-Tech? I what and installed is the program T2Laser Software, not how you look at what the value under s, send a photo of my plate what it's worth , thank you very much greetings
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on July 27, 2016, 06:40:17 AM
Post the G-Code and I will take a look.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: anfedi on July 27, 2016, 08:57:30 AM
ok,muchas gracias
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on July 27, 2016, 09:34:39 AM
The G-Code is correct, the yellow lines are traveled but with the laser off and the blue is at 100% power. The speed is very low but perhaps that is OK for your machine.

If the laser is actually engraving when at power 0 then something is wrong.

If you do a simple Sketch does it work correctly?

Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: anfedi on July 27, 2016, 10:16:23 AM
that is not a simple sketch
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: anfedi on July 27, 2016, 10:18:01 AM
how fast you can come good?
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on July 27, 2016, 10:52:02 AM
that is not a simple sketch

I understand, but I am trying to understand what is incorrect with your laser to make it turn on the laser when it shouldn't.

For example, if you draw a circle in Sketch and output it. Do you get a line from the origin (0,0) to the start of the circle or is this only happening in a raster image.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Niezam on August 06, 2016, 09:26:14 PM
Hi Admin, hi Zax, hi all members. I'm newbie in this laser CNC and very glad to be here.

I just built my banggood A3 2.5w (as most here owned) 3 days before. But stuck with benbox software that come with the DIY kit. Cut 80grams paper easily at full power (can't control the power level). Try to set the SPEED, 500 / 800 / 1000 / 1500 but can't see any different. Also TIME setting. I though that i can control the cutting deep with TIME & SPEED setting but end with no success.

So I'm glad to try this T2Laser. Do my board support this software? Can control travel's SPEED and Laser's POWER, also support multi-passes?
For the first test, I want to cut the compressed foam (6mm Depron) halfway (cutting thru around 3mm).

* my kit come with Blue Eleks Maker board, mark with L7.

 
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: ROSS on August 07, 2016, 12:11:16 AM
Hi Admin, hi Zax, hi all members. I'm newbie in this laser CNC and very glad to be here.

I just built my banggood A3 2.5w (as most here owned) 3 days before. But stuck with benbox software that come with the DIY kit. Cut 80grams paper easily at full power (can't control the power level). Try to set the SPEED, 500 / 800 / 1000 / 1500 but can't see any different. Also TIME setting. I though that i can control the cutting deep with TIME & SPEED setting but end with no success.

So I'm glad to try this T2Laser. Do my board support this software? Can control travel's SPEED and Laser's POWER, also support multi-passes?
For the first test, I want to cut the compressed foam (6mm Depron) halfway (cutting thru around 3mm).

* my kit come with Blue Eleks Maker board, mark with L7.


See all these....Then ask some questions if you don't understand....



T2Laser
Intro & Manuals: http://benboxlaser.us/index.php?topic=41.msg266#msg266
Download & Conversion: http://benboxlaser.us/index.php?topic=41.msg272#msg272
Translations: http://benboxlaser.us/index.php?topic=41.msg540#msg540
Updates: http://benboxlaser.us/index.php?topic=113.msg1263#msg1263

Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on August 07, 2016, 09:43:11 AM
Do my board support this software?

Yes.

Can control travel's SPEED and Laser's POWER, also support multi-passes?

Yes, yes and yes  ;D

For the first test, I want to cut the compressed foam (6mm Depron) halfway (cutting thru around 3mm).

That may be difficult, it isn't easy to control depth unless the material density is very consistent - but you can give it a try.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Niezam on August 11, 2016, 07:12:59 PM
My engraving result shrink on X axis...how to overcome it.

(http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk49/niezamrc/pull_zpskpjidcun.png)
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on August 12, 2016, 04:40:13 AM
That means your Grbl parameters (steps/mm for axis) aren't set correctly for your machine.

The T2Laser defaults are normally correct so either upload again (Ctrl-Send when no G-Code is loaded) and confirm your Nano saved them (Ctrl-Home) or manually edit your $100 and $101 values for your system (T2Laser uses 80 for both as that's the most common configuration).

There are posts on how to calculate these if needed.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Niezam on August 12, 2016, 04:44:24 AM
Thanks, will retry it tonight.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Gerrit1 on September 09, 2016, 08:37:08 AM
Pay the man full price, its well worth it. 

What is the price? Havn t installed it jet, as I don t like the thing with the "one computer only" and save hardware ID and mail him, just to reformat my computer.

Maybe I am old-fashioned, but I want to decide on which computer the software is running and I want to change my mind which hardeware I am using, without paying once more...

Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on September 09, 2016, 10:11:38 AM
@Gerrit1

It's $39.95 for the single PC license, which includes updates for 1 year. If you need a 2nd license those are 50% off.

Similar software is over $100 and you have to pay again to upgrade, every one of my users has been able to use all the new features I've added and not one has had to pay a cent extra for it.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: beikeland on October 16, 2016, 03:17:45 AM
Decided to try the T2 software today; and have a couple of points for feedback.

First off Norwegian translation seems to have character encoding issues as ÆØÅ was not displayed properly. Not a big issue, I prefer English, have English OS, but need to keep my locale Norwegian due to different decimal point. Comma instead of period. I changed the language to English, got distracted and software shut down. Language was back to Norwegian when I restarted it. Closing normally and re-opening also revert language. And the decimal point is also kept as a period when Norwegian locale is detected. So maybe look at the storing of language settings, and consider if the OS language or keyboard locale should govern language detection. If the latter then maybe also support the number locale. If it was me I'd skip the whole Norwegian bit as 99.9% are more than able to work with English, exceptions being the oldest generation - but I'm willing to bet if they bought a cheap laser online form china they can handle English :))

Then onto the less trivial things. I started off with the conversion doc. It says to click CTRL + some icon after connecting. The connection is not immediately obvious that you need to first click "Control laser", but I guess most figure it out after trying or looking in the manual; however adding that simple step to the conversion doc could improve the experience for some.

I proceeded to upload the default settings as suggested. Not sure what goes wrong here, but it stopped at "Upload in progress - please wait". Also clicking the message area to select and copy the text clears it, not sure if that's intentional but it seems like it could hamper troubleshooting by introducing manual copy/paste errors when including the output. It seems the settings was sent but no confirmation was printed. Trying again resulted in "Upload in progress - please wait" followed by something in the lines of "parameter not saved try again". (Again output disappeared as I tried copying it)

Also I'm not sure if my selection of 22x17cm machine was lost or ignored as the max travel sent to the controller when uploading defaults was 30x20. And I think there is a 0 too much in the default for $100 as mine got set to 800 (unless I did that without noticing?).

Conclusion, restore my backed up settings, and maybe try later, although windows is more of a secondary on its way out platform for me. Tried T2Laser_Installer-13f.zip from the first post in this thread if thats relevant.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: beikeland on October 16, 2016, 04:15:17 AM
Oh, and another thing, the input for laser power seems to be limited to 0-1000. I decided to to set my max pwm value to 2500 as to represent mW of laser, although its an arbitrary value I'm not sure I see the value of imposing another arbitrary limit in the configuration. With the newsest Grbl its easy to reconfigure the firmware, but while it does not improve the resolution, it may relay more information to have the value indirectly mW (although its probably not very linear). Just a suggestion.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on October 16, 2016, 04:42:03 AM
Thank you for the feedback, you've given me some good suggestions to think about. I will be implementing some in the next version, like language override and the conversion document.

Language detection is from Microsoft locale and not stored as a setting, I could add an override but no one has mentioned that before. I'm not sure if you are referring to G-code for comma vs. decimal point or something else, T2Laser accepts comma for entry but G-code uses decimal point as that's the standard. All translations have come from user requests, so if someone prefers to see their own language I am happy to add their conversion if it helps.

Now v1.3g has a menu in the laser control screen I will be re-writing my conversion document, so will also update to make it clear as you mention.

The parameter upload has been corrected in v1.3g.

You are correct on the default parameters, they do set the larger machine values but without limit switches these values are somewhat irrelevant. Now we have homing support in the firmware it is something I need to consider. Steps defaults to 80, so that must have been something you did accidentally.

Yes, laser power is limited to 1000 although it would be easy to change. 99% of people are using 0-255 as the best laser firmware we had until  a few days ago was J-Tech, and it's also what Grbl uses internally.

Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: beikeland on October 16, 2016, 05:05:28 AM
You're most welcome. Impressed by the improved grayscale rastering in the T2 software. Good stuff. Especially with the latest Grbl i guess.

Hmm, didn't even think about decimal point in the g-code. Only thought about it when seeing the dialouges with broken character sets and "wrong" decimal point. Seemed inconsistent. I didn't actually try entering a , instead of . so I guess its not a major problem then, just visual.  There should't be any reason for anyone to enter thousand separators, which is were it gets really interesting, again we use the opposite. So 1.000 could be 1 or 1000, and the same with 1,000. 

And I get that Norwegian language isn't something that is widely used or tested, to be honest I was almost shocked to see it in the first place :D (But since its there I guess I'll share my experience with having tried it)
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on October 16, 2016, 05:20:06 AM
It's not easy for me to test, as I wouldn't know if it was right or wrong...  ::) it all looks the same to me.

I just checked the language file, it's correct, so it must be something with the import.

These both display wrong...
Roter Høyre
Gråskala

I will figure it out, now I know what to look for. Thank you!
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: beikeland on October 16, 2016, 05:22:55 AM
Hehe, I get that. I can check it out for you at a later time, no problem.

Did you get a PM from me btw? Couldn't see any record of having sent one.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on October 16, 2016, 05:23:46 AM
No I didn't. Try again or my email is in my profile too.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: beikeland on October 16, 2016, 05:38:12 AM
Mkay, tried an email thru the form thingy. Hope it finds you well. Just another possible bug which you may see as sensitive.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: beikeland on October 16, 2016, 06:00:44 AM
And the bit about live updating the laser power when manually enabling the beam probably got lost in the missing PM as well.

When I enabled the beam manually from the control screen the power was not sent to the laser on the fly. Had to turn laser off and on again for the value to take effect, should a easy fix and potentially useful feature perhaps.

Okay, I'll stop now :P
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Casperslim on November 16, 2016, 01:58:45 PM
Hi what is the pricing for t2, I downloaded the trial earlier before I had any clue how to use the laser and didn't ge more than 5 clicks into it before it closed
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on November 16, 2016, 02:51:01 PM
$39.95 for a single PC license, which includes updates for 1 year.

I have other options if you prefer a license linked to your laser or a USB-Key (dongle), e-mail me with any questions (check my profile).
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Casperslim on November 17, 2016, 04:53:08 AM
Ok mate thanks will have a look when I get in my laptop might not last the year so may need to look at the options so I can transfer it over when it finally dies.  Saw some YouTube videos lady night of it in action and its definatly the type of control I want over this beast
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Casperslim on November 17, 2016, 01:11:17 PM
just looked at your instructions to convert the board to v09, going to make sure i am competent to switch that over first before i get the t2
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on November 17, 2016, 02:02:20 PM
It's very easy and once moved to 0.9 position you can use any software.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Kunaphil on November 26, 2016, 12:19:22 PM
Zap,
Have you ever considered offering your software for educational institutions or non profits such as 501 organizations?
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on November 26, 2016, 03:10:54 PM
Yes. That's actually how my alternate licensing came about.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: mwade on November 28, 2016, 03:51:54 PM
It is GREAT that you have a pricing option for educational institions
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Kunaphil on November 28, 2016, 05:47:39 PM
Zax, I am sorry I called you Zap. I hate auto spell on my phone.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on November 28, 2016, 05:54:09 PM
I've been called worse  ;D
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: ggallant571 on November 28, 2016, 06:16:52 PM
Lets have a contest!!
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: gerritvt on December 05, 2016, 01:02:01 AM
Zax,
i have a problem with importing dxf files, it is showing only one part in the left bottom corner.
how can i display it to show it in full on the t2 laser screen.

gr. Gerrit
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on December 05, 2016, 04:51:40 AM
Please post the DXF so I can check it.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: gerritvt on December 06, 2016, 11:54:16 AM
Zax,
this is an example

it shows only partly in the left bottom corner

gr. Gerrit
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on December 06, 2016, 01:13:00 PM
That's because half your file is off the screen, in negative space.

Just check the relocate origin or fix it in your CAD.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: gerritvt on December 06, 2016, 11:28:28 PM
yes,
it is working now, thank you
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Agastar on December 09, 2016, 09:15:55 AM
Just a suggestion :)

You could detect that it is in the negative space and then ask the user if they want you to reset the origin :D
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on December 09, 2016, 11:11:18 AM
Not a bad suggestion but it would only fix negative shifts, if they have it way off in the positive space then they'll wonder why the laser keeps crashing into the limits.

I would prefer to educate them on correctly placing the job where they want it, or just check the option to always move the lower left to 0,0 and be oblivious to it  :D
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: ggallant571 on December 09, 2016, 12:19:56 PM
You could paint/flash the border where the offending image was located.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Majik365 on December 28, 2016, 12:59:42 AM
I cant seem to get my laser to change speed when using T2laser even if i go up to 1000 or override to 2000 its still very slow.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on December 28, 2016, 05:00:39 AM
You are using Grbl 1.1, correct?

Is it engraving the correct size?

Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Majik365 on December 30, 2016, 10:14:29 AM
Is there a trick to getting the image size accurate?  and it only engraves half the image, it seem like maybe its only creatng g code for what is on the screen so if some is cut off it doesnt write that in.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: nottingham82 on December 30, 2016, 11:09:33 AM
are you using the trial version.  the trial only lets you do so much gcode
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Majik365 on December 30, 2016, 01:36:03 PM
Yeah I am using the trial to see if i like it, it only runs a tenth of the pattern for two mins. I'm a noob at this so forgivr me i dont know anything about grbl
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on December 30, 2016, 01:39:20 PM
The trial will process 10,000 lines of G-code for raster and 1,000 lines for vector. which should be sufficient to verify that T2Laser works correctly with your hardware.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Majik365 on December 31, 2016, 03:35:48 PM
Where can i purchase the full version?
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on December 31, 2016, 03:59:38 PM
You should get instructions when you start-up.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: benjime on January 05, 2017, 08:47:20 AM
Hi all, software has worked great on the A3 laser, managed to do what i wanted to do, however i've had an issue with quotation marks where the laser burns a line down the surface then back up and continues, has anyone else experienced this? know what is the cause?

Thanks.

Pic attached.

Ben.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: nottingham82 on January 05, 2017, 08:59:04 AM
interesting.  Did you use t2's sketch to write that or did you use a picture of text?
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: benjime on January 05, 2017, 09:01:59 AM
i used T2s sketch tools (text) - I tried using spaces, and two hyphens together, in the end i didnt use anything and just went for the text.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on January 05, 2017, 09:34:38 AM
I've never seen that, but it is most likely caused by the font not being closed and resulting in erroneous points when converted to vector. Fonts in general are designed for printing so it doesn't matter for that purpose, but when trying to trace around them weird things can happen.

What font did you use?
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: benjime on January 06, 2017, 06:47:22 AM
Hi Zax, i was using Georgia 20pt, i didn't try it with different fonts as the first couple i did worked so needed to stay consistant, but this makes sense if only doing outlines. i'll have a go.

Reason i did outlines was solid text took forever and initially just kept doing one line over and over without moving down.

Thanks.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on January 06, 2017, 07:16:04 AM
I was unable to replicate the problem, but I did see that the line is at the start when the laser should be off.

In my tests it worked correctly and only turned the laser on as needed. If you have the g-code saved please e-mail it to me (zip it first) and I will verify.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: robertch on January 12, 2017, 04:04:25 AM
hi Zax

is there somewhere else i can download this ?

for some reason any download i try from this forum fails not just your software

not sure what the problem is dont have any problems on other sites
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on January 12, 2017, 05:31:41 AM
Yes, you can get it here: http://download.cnet.com/T2Laser/3000-2130_4-76476538.html

I only post release candidates here on the forum but official releases always go up on the various download sites and there's a link on my website too.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: robertch on January 12, 2017, 01:57:44 PM
thanks zax
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: nc on January 28, 2017, 10:31:50 AM
Hello Zax,

please i would like to try T2Laser so i've downloaded 1.3t and 1.3w versions.
But i am not able to run installation because of .NET Framework..

"Installation of the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 is not supported on this operating system. Contact your application vendor."

I am running Windows XP, but I've seen mustafa's screenshot in this post working with T2 on XP.
http://benboxlaser.us/index.php/topic,905.15.html (http://benboxlaser.us/index.php/topic,905.15.html)
Machine just left customs so Monday i need to be prepared.

Maybe some older version helps for now?

I am very interested in you software, just need to wait for final piece of control board - i mean to see it physicaly :)
My final machine will run Windows 7 Pro, already have hw and licence - there should not be this problem there.

Thank you in advance.
Kind regards.

nc

edit: just made a PayPal payment 5AJ18939FD2931545
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on January 28, 2017, 11:22:49 AM
I do have an XP version (link below), it is not regularly updated as official support for XP has ended.

The latest is v1.3f so missing some newer features:

http://benboxlaser.us/index.php/topic,859.msg10320.html#msg10320

I would wait until you have the Windows 7 system running and license that for T2Laser.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: nc on January 30, 2017, 11:08:36 AM
I've just spent last three hours with my new 6550 Laser engraver and Zax's T2 Laser software and I have to say It's just georgeous! :D so there's no reason for using BenBox Software. T2 Laser is "musthave" for every GRBL Laser owner. And I like the way it feels like using my Mach3 in combination with Cut2D. That big red button makes me smile. :)

Good job Zax.

nc
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on January 30, 2017, 11:46:08 AM
Thank you! I really appreciate your comments.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: tmcgough on February 21, 2017, 07:46:10 AM
Does T2Laser support the Smoothieboard firmware?  I am running your app on my led laser and love it, however, I just got a k40 and upgraded it to a smoothieboard.  Do I need to change any configurations to work with smoothieboard or will it work without any mods.   Thx.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on February 21, 2017, 09:18:18 AM
The laser controller is for Grbl firmware only, however, the G-code generated should work with any compatible machine.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: supergluu on April 01, 2017, 05:45:01 AM
Does T2laser run on Linux? I was thinking about using a raspberry pi as a dedicated laser machine.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on April 01, 2017, 06:26:31 AM
No, it's a Windows desktop app. You can use a cheap Windows 10 tablet, that's what I use for testing.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: backyard_cnc on May 18, 2017, 10:26:44 AM
What are the limitations of a DEMO version of T2Laser? I have not yet received my 65x50 benbox 3w laser from China Inc but thought I might download T2Laser and get used to the interface since I have already decided it is likely the way to go compared to the Benbox software. Can I run T2Laser without a machine attached? If it is a time limited demo I would hate to waste it just perusing the software. I am very experienced with CNC stuff from a router and milling point of view but laser is all new. Hope to use it for custom branding on cotton canvas.

Appreciate the comments
Gerald
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on May 18, 2017, 11:53:38 AM
The trial is fully functional but G-code saving is disabled and output is limited to 10,000 lines for raster and 1,000 lines for vector. There is a 15 minute time limit per session but you can restart immediately and there is no restrictions on how long you can continue to use it (either sessions or days).

Yes it does work standalone without a laser.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: pixelboy on June 03, 2017, 02:52:06 AM
Hi All, I recently purchased the t2laser software. Easy to use, and still powerful. I'm really happy with it!

I only have one problem to sort out, and all is good.

When I open my files, trace and compile the gcode. Then run the gcode in the simulation. The program runs fine.
But when I run the actual code in a live cut. The laser seems to be intermittent, cutting out at certain points and
not completing the cut. I have attached a pic. any help would be appreciated.

(http://www.coptergeist.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/20170520_114910.jpg)
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on June 03, 2017, 04:03:11 AM
That's really odd, some shapes are complete and others have large gaps.

Usually the small gaps are due to machine setup (belts or friction) but in this case I think it's something else. It's like the laser isn't always turning on immediately, which I had never heard of until this week and now you're the second person.

What system do you have? (newer Mana SE and TTL laser)
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: pixelboy on June 03, 2017, 05:02:32 AM
Yes it's the newer mana se & ttl laser
It's this one in particular if that's any help.

https://www.banggood.com/2500mW-A3-30x40cm-Desktop-DIY-Violet-Laser-Engraver-Picture-CNC-Printer-Assembling-Kits-p-1003863.html?rmmds=search
 (https://www.banggood.com/2500mW-A3-30x40cm-Desktop-DIY-Violet-Laser-Engraver-Picture-CNC-Printer-Assembling-Kits-p-1003863.html?rmmds=search)
Not sure if it's the start or finish that it's happening, haven't paid close enough attention. I've set the correct tension on the belts, all the plugs are in correctly also. Being brand new, I'm not sure that the cables would have fatigued already as it hasn't had a lot of use yet.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on June 03, 2017, 05:35:21 AM
Are you using Grbl 1.1e firmware? I remember someone else mentioning a "delay" due to settings but I don't know what parameters would do this.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: mrehmus on June 03, 2017, 06:53:11 PM
GRBL 1.1e has a default setting that delays laser on so the system can be up to speed. It is reset to no delay if you use BCL to set 1.1e to the defaults Ralph uses. Took care of the somewhat random non-start of the laser running BCL. The real culprit was that 1.1e was somehow corrupted so I reloaded it and the problem arose. Finding the setup tool for GRBL took care of the problem.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: pixelboy on June 03, 2017, 07:44:15 PM
Yes I can confirm it's running on Grbl 1.1e
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: mrehmus on June 03, 2017, 08:00:35 PM
But have you changed the delay setting?
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: ThothLoki on June 03, 2017, 08:36:15 PM
But have you changed the delay setting?

Can you explain how to do that?
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: pixelboy on June 03, 2017, 08:54:56 PM
No I haven't changed the any settings. It's Zax's 1.1e hex, flashed direct from within the t2laser "control machine" screen.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Stonemull on June 03, 2017, 09:30:53 PM
Keep hearing about this mystery delay, the only delay setting I know of is if you are not in 'laser mode'  .. which you should be if using a laser. This was brought in with version 1.1
I was looking for a delay the other day to allow a drill to speed up, could not actually find one, Not sure whether you are supposed to apply a feed setting to soindle speeds or add a manual delay if required or if I just missed a parameter somewhere.

Quote
Laser Mode : The new “laser” mode will cause Grbl to move continuously through consecutive G1, G2, and G3 commands with spindle speed changes. When “laser” mode is disabled, Grbl will instead come to a stop to ensure a spindle comes up to speed properly. Spindle speed overrides also work with laser mode so you can tweak the laser power, if you need to during the job. Switch between “laser” mode and “normal” mode via a $ setting.
Dynamic Laser Power Scaling with Speed : If your machine has low accelerations, Grbl will automagically scale the laser power based on how fast Grbl is traveling, so you won’t have burnt corners when your CNC has to make a turn! Enabled by the M4 spindle CCW command when laser mode is enabled!
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on June 04, 2017, 07:27:23 AM
There is NO delay setting in Grbl and the default firmware I provide has all the correct T2Laser settings compiled in it.

If you use another program that changes the default settings, just click Reset Grbl Parameters and it will restore them to my defaults. If you use custom firmware or firmware that wasn't provided by me then you have to load my defaults.

Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: benjime on July 25, 2017, 01:21:27 AM
Hi, i've got the laser set up and working great, however having an issue with the laser burning the path into whatever it is cutting, i've attached an example - in this instance it wasnt an issue as i was making a stencil however for engraving i'd obviously like a clean finish. any ideas please? thank you. Ben.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on July 25, 2017, 04:16:23 AM
I can see a few problems there, but lets deal with the laser not turning off.

Can you control it from the laser panel, when you click on / off or pulse does it turn on and off immediately?

What do you have laser min set at? Obviously it should be 0 to turn the laser completely off.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: benjime on July 25, 2017, 08:09:48 AM
ok i've just upgraded to latest version 1.4

yes i can control from laser panel - it pulses on and off immediately.

i can change the minimum to anything less than 10 - every time i put in 0 it changes it back to 10. see screenshot attached.

thanks. Ben.

Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on July 25, 2017, 08:53:46 AM
That's the manual laser power setting, the laser setting for G-code is on the design screen. The icon that looks like a laser.

It looks like you have it correct based on the little G-code I can see on your screenshot so that can't be the problem.

Can you post the DXF you're using or zip and email me the G-code so I can check it doesn't have any issues?
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: benjime on July 25, 2017, 09:01:24 AM
i've just tried it using the shapes tool and it still does the same thing. screenshots attached.

Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on July 25, 2017, 11:14:45 AM
What firmware are you using?

The G-code is correct so there's something wrong as your machine is ignoring the S-values.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: ThothLoki on July 25, 2017, 11:19:14 AM
From the screen shots, he is using 1.1e
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on July 25, 2017, 11:21:55 AM
If he loaded the non-PWM version it would do this, and still reports Grbl 1.1e.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: benjime on July 26, 2017, 02:38:49 AM
i've just uploaded firmware 1.1e from the drop down and it has just burnt a hole in my desk, couldn't switch it off without disconnecting the power.... any ideas on what to do now? thanks. Ben.


Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: benjime on July 26, 2017, 02:47:03 AM
ok, loaded the custom firmware 1.1e Non-PWM and this has solved both problems :-) thank you.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on July 26, 2017, 04:31:35 AM
What machine do you have?

Can you post a link or picture.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: benjime on July 26, 2017, 05:51:29 AM
eleks maker... not sure on the rest of it, images attached. thanks.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on July 26, 2017, 07:22:51 AM
It's difficult to tell, but I think you have an L7 board. If so, you probably didn't move the jumper under the Nano. That means the laser is connected to D12 (on / off only) and not D11 (PWM).

That's OK as you have the correct firmware loaded now that supports your configuration. You can use Velocity Mode to produce grey scale or Dithered for pseudo grey scale results.

Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Tribo on July 27, 2017, 12:14:32 PM
Hello, Zax. I tried to start T2Laser today and the following message appears:

(https://s17.postimg.org/7pnzxb3z3/Sem_t_tulo.jpg)

If I say no, the following appears:

(https://s2.postimg.org/pepsvq2xl/Sem_t_tulo2.jpg)

If I say yes, ask me for the new key...

On the first attempt appeared a warning that there was an update and updated, but still asking for the new key
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on July 27, 2017, 02:18:57 PM
PM and e-mail sent.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Tribo on July 27, 2017, 08:49:53 PM
Thanks... thats all right.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: surgimfg on August 03, 2017, 07:28:23 AM
Zax
what causes a .net exception error? the software won't start.  have used it before just took laptop off system for a few months.  am using Win 10

david
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: InvisibleRasta on August 07, 2017, 04:34:52 AM
(https://s2.postimg.org/w0c1p6d15/Capture.png)
just isntalled t2laser on windows 10 pro and this is the output when launching the software
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on August 07, 2017, 04:39:06 AM
It says that immediately when you load it or when going to the Laser Controller screen?

When you click OK does it terminate?
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: InvisibleRasta on August 07, 2017, 09:53:32 AM
it says this every time i click on the t2laser icon on my desktop
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on August 07, 2017, 09:57:47 AM
It wasn't installed correctly, I would guess that some of the default files are missing.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: InvisibleRasta on August 09, 2017, 03:33:00 AM
Finally managed to get it working on a clean windows 10 install. Thank you for the support Zax. I purchased the full version since i really like how the program works...
I am wondering tho how is the calibration done for the X and Y axis... the Home position for me changes everytime based on the last engraving done. It doesnt come back to center.
Also how can i make it so the laser go slowly and burns deeper? what option would it be?
thanck you
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on August 09, 2017, 04:31:16 AM
If you have a standard machine (like the EleksMaker style) then loading my default Grbl 1.1e firmware should resolve the calibration issues, if not we will need to know your machine and change the steps per mm manually.

Unless you have home switches then that is normal, Grbl determines 0,0 as the position it was powered on as it has no way to do anything else. T2Laser supports home switches so if you add them it will function correctly.

You need to change the speed, click the "running man" icon and set the feed rate as needed.

I have a starter series of videos in the Help menu and Nottingham82 has some great "unofficial" videos on his page (some are even about using T2Laser  ;D).
https://www.youtube.com/user/nottingham82/videos
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: InvisibleRasta on August 09, 2017, 04:39:48 AM
lower feed rate = deeper engraving?
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on August 09, 2017, 04:43:22 AM
In theory yes, but deeper engraving isn't always the result. Sometimes it's just more smoke and fire  :o

It will depend on the material.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: InvisibleRasta on August 09, 2017, 04:46:27 AM
for engraving into a crystal for example?
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on August 09, 2017, 04:59:17 AM
I don't think you'll get any "depth" as such, just a surface mark and it will likely require that you paint the surface as otherwise the wavelength will just pass right through.

You will need to experiment to see how well it works, or perhaps someone else has tried.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: InvisibleRasta on August 09, 2017, 05:00:31 AM
The T2 Laser controller can say the time needed for completing or its just in percentagE?
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on August 09, 2017, 05:08:53 AM
It always shows the estimated time based on the feed rate (it's pretty accurate if you are using my firmware and default parameters) but when running the default is % but you can change it to show the time remaining. This is less accurate due to the complexity of calculations, so it's even more estimated to speed things up.

On the Laser Control screen, click on Settings, Advanced and check the Estimated Time Remaining option.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: benjime on August 11, 2017, 12:48:50 AM
Following on from last weeks firmware issue, i'm now having problems cutting, it engraves fine, but laser doesnt appear powerful enough now to cut through 1.5mm ply which is was doing before no problem. If i change the profile to 1 pass slow or 2 passes it still doesnt do anymore than standard profile, i've also tried overriding the laser power to 1000, moving the base closer to the laser, resolution, still wont cut.... any ideas please? thank you. Ben.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: ThothLoki on August 11, 2017, 05:18:53 AM
Try this. Set your speed to 100, power 255, and select multi pass and set to 7

That should cut through or at the very least get you close
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: InvisibleRasta on August 11, 2017, 05:45:40 AM
what is the difference in the option feed rate and rapid feed rate? is rapid feed rate when you use velocity mode?
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: ThothLoki on August 11, 2017, 05:58:42 AM
Feed rate is the speed in which your laser is on. Rapid feed rate is when the laser is off

In velocity mode, the feed rate sets the minimum speed and the rapid feed rate sets the max speed
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on August 11, 2017, 06:45:05 AM
I couldn't have said it better...  ;D

Feed rate is like impulse and rapid is like warp speed ::)
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: ggallant571 on August 11, 2017, 08:32:02 AM
Or "snail" vs "ant" speed
Or "Local Postal Service" vs "China Post"
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on August 11, 2017, 09:11:56 AM
Now I'm confused, is USPS the fast one  :-\ (oh, compared to China Post)
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: ggallant571 on August 11, 2017, 09:20:40 AM
I like to maximize the confusion factor. Guess I could have ordered it better.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: InvisibleRasta on August 11, 2017, 09:40:32 AM
Is there an option where i can set the laser to draw instead of horizontal engraving just make it follow the lines drawn to make the process faster?
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on August 11, 2017, 10:09:35 AM
Yes, you need to have a vector path to follow.

This can be imported from a DXF/PLT or you can trace the design.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: InvisibleRasta on August 11, 2017, 10:30:06 AM
what if i have a normal jpeg ? id have to convert it? with inkscape?
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on August 11, 2017, 10:37:38 AM
You could use one of the 3 options available in T2Laser, as explained in the PDF.

It really depends on the image and what you are trying to achieve.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: InvisibleRasta on August 11, 2017, 10:48:11 AM
 :-*what option in the pdf sorrY? are you talking about trace outline in the intro2 pdf?

EDIt: ops sorry i didnt see there was an attachedpdf. thanck you alot
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: InvisibleRasta on August 12, 2017, 12:56:12 AM
what is the max power of a laser in t2? My laser head is a 5.5W head. what would be the max power on it to set on t2?
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Stonemull on August 12, 2017, 01:21:57 AM
This does not relate to australia post, I have had things take 10 days to go 55km from brisbane yet stuff from china in less time than that.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on August 12, 2017, 04:49:18 AM
You can connect any power laser, there's no limit!

The maximum power is determined by the Grbl parameter, if you are using my firmware or most standard firmware then the maximum value is 255.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: InvisibleRasta on August 12, 2017, 04:57:25 AM
yes i am using your firmware... I cant figure out how to make the engravign deeper and thicker on wood. i tried a bunch of different options. but it all come out with really super thin line that come off with a washing.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on August 12, 2017, 05:01:42 AM
Reduce the feed rate or use multiple passes. Are you engraving a vector or image?
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: InvisibleRasta on August 12, 2017, 07:56:29 AM
a normal black and white image with the BLack/White option in T2
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on August 12, 2017, 09:26:27 AM
Just a thought, if it's a line drawing perhaps you could run it as a vector, by tracing or converting, then it should be deeper but very thin unless you hatch it or something.

These diode lasers generally don't produce an etched result like the CO2's do, it's more of a surface burning.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: awslaser on August 14, 2017, 04:20:56 PM
Is there a way to get a finish pass when cutting DXF files on laser setting?  I have found that if I run multi-pass at my max speed and then run a slow pass  at ~1/3 speed to clean up any final pieces that didn't cut I can get the cleanest cuts.   I have tried running 3 more passes at full speed ( which would be the same amount of time), but I still get some areas where the material doesn't cut all the way through. 
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on August 14, 2017, 04:27:31 PM
Interesting idea, it's fairly common on a CNC to perform a finish cut but I haven't heard of it with a laser.

I could add a separate "finish pass" feed rate which is used on the final pass. Power would be the same though, is that what you have been doing?
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: awslaser on August 14, 2017, 04:31:22 PM
Yep,  I come from more of a machining background, so that is where I got the idea. 

I have been running full power on the laser on all of the cuts.  I am probably trying to push the limits of my laser (5.5W cutting 2.5mm balsa), but have had pretty good results.   
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: ThothLoki on August 14, 2017, 07:07:29 PM
What speed are you running at? my 2.5w can cut 3mm plywood. balsa should not be a problem. I was cutting balsa on my 2w laser using benbox and cutting it in 1-2 passes.

Try reducing your speed and adding an air assist

I like the finish cut idea by the way.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: awslaser on August 16, 2017, 08:20:34 PM
I am running at 1500mm/min on the fast passes and 500 on the finish pass.   Much slower and I get some charring on the edges. .  I can't go any faster or I run into hysteresis problems.   I have a fan on the way for air assist and will let you know how it works when it arrives. 

Thanks for the input.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: nottingham82 on August 16, 2017, 08:28:43 PM
oh wow 1500 is really fast for cutting!!! sounds like an air assist is what you need.  Dont know what you planned on using but a fish pump is popular, then air compressors, and finally pc fans.  I like my air compressor set up but they can be loud (if noise is an issue).  The fish pump is a good alternative and fairly quiet.  pc fans usually require ducting to get be effective.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: awslaser on August 17, 2017, 07:06:12 AM
I have a 25x25mm electronics cooling fan on the way to try mounting on the laser head.  If that doesn't work I will use my air compressor and plumb in a small vinyl line to the laser.   I already have a 240 CFM exhaust fan pulling the smoke away from the machine, but it doesn't move enough air directly where the laser is burning.   It just moves enough to keep the smoke out of my garage. 

How fast are you cutting with your laser?  I am new to the cutting side of my laser.   Are the parameters fairly linear?  i.e. a cut which takes 1 pass with a 2.5w laser at 250mm/min can be cut by a 5.0w laser at 500mm/min?
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: nottingham82 on August 17, 2017, 07:38:21 AM
100 is what I cut at. But I cut birch plywood
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: ThothLoki on August 17, 2017, 08:08:14 AM
Nottinham and I have the same setup. You could probably go a little fast with 1-2 less passes with a 5.5w laser

Try 200 speed and see if that works. Adjust from there
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Angelus0711 on August 20, 2017, 05:02:24 AM
Hey Guys, Hey Zax,

i am new to this Board and i hope you could help me with my T2Laser problem.
I have purchased T2Laser one year ago (or longer) and didn`t used it much (new Version allready installed).
My Laser is a 1.6W Eleklaser from Banggood.

After a little reading and trying i want to cut out a paperbox, but the laser didn`t cut out all the parts out.
So i tryed to cut out a small giftcard (result is attached).

Like you see at the picture, the laser wont also cut out all the parts.
After a second try i spend some time to look what the laser does and it seems in the first seconds after the laser fires on the paper, it didnt cut trough.
I tryed also different profiles, like cutting 2 passes or slow cutting.
I hope this explanation i detailed enough ;-).

I am using the 1.1e Firmware and i have changed the jumper under the nano (from 0.8 to 0.9).

I hope anyone could help me with this problem.

Pixelboy has the same problem (in this topic on page 16 or 17) but after i used this version of the firmware (non PWM) the laser fires after i switch the power from the board on (i know this wont work before because of my PWM-Modification. But i thought i can give it a try ;-) ).

sorry for my bad grammar, i am from germany

Best whises and regards

Marcus
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: ggallant571 on August 20, 2017, 06:09:10 AM
Please post the original design file so we can see the differences and/or repeat the test.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Angelus0711 on August 20, 2017, 06:30:48 AM
The original File is a .bmp wich i have traced.

I will also attache the gcode.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on August 20, 2017, 07:13:30 AM
Are you using laser max 255? I am guessing it's a 2-wire laser module, so you could check to make sure the 12VDC output is immediate and the problem isn't the control board (MOSFET) but I doubt it.

It appears the laser isn't turning on immediately, like a "slow start" but obviously that should not be the case for a laser.

There are a couple of workarounds, but really the solution is to fix the laser.

Reduce the acceleration value, even my reduced acceleration is probably too much. You could try these:

$120=50
$121=50

The problem is it will have the same result at the deceleration resulting in excessive burn.

Enable CNC mode (use 1 mm for Z, since it doesn't matter) and set a 1 second spindle delay, it will then wait before moving. It may be too much and burn a hole at the beginning.



Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: ggallant571 on August 20, 2017, 11:39:36 AM
I tried burning that image into white paper. Not a good looking result. My laser (5.5W) did:

   1. nothing
   2. lightly singed the paper
   3. caught on fire

I suspect the large percentage of the image dark is overpowering the final output. Looks like a like pattern to etch onto slate or glass.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on August 20, 2017, 12:03:21 PM
He's cutting the design rather than engraving it.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: ggallant571 on August 20, 2017, 02:40:07 PM
Well, I etched it. Attached are source file and picture of results on wood and cardstock. Etch on wood came out really nice. Thought I had basswood but it was really hobby grad 1/8 inch plywood so it did not cut the frame as expected but a chop saw and sander fixed that.
 
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Angelus0711 on August 22, 2017, 10:39:39 AM
Are you using laser max 255? I am guessing it's a 2-wire laser module, so you could check to make sure the 12VDC output is immediate and the problem isn't the control board (MOSFET) but I doubt it.

It appears the laser isn't turning on immediately, like a "slow start" but obviously that should not be the case for a laser.

There are a couple of workarounds, but really the solution is to fix the laser.

Reduce the acceleration value, even my reduced acceleration is probably too much. You could try these:

$120=50
$121=50

The problem is it will have the same result at the deceleration resulting in excessive burn.

Enable CNC mode (use 1 mm for Z, since it doesn't matter) and set a 1 second spindle delay, it will then wait before moving. It may be too much and burn a hole at the beginning.


Hey Zax,

jup i use the laser with 255 and it has two wires. (it`s equal to 100% Power, right?)
Okay i can try to measure the poweroutput with a multimeter, but with this method i could only check if the output is really 12V or is is it immediatly on 12V right?
Your right, normaly it should turn on immediately.

I think i will first try the CNC-Mode to add a "delay".

With fixing the laser you mean replacing the laser or?

@ggallant571
It looks really nice engraved but like Zax sad, i would like to cut it out, to have a giftcard  8).
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on August 22, 2017, 01:54:59 PM
Just enabling CNC mode may fix it as there will be a delay as the Z axis moves (it doesn't know you don't have one). So a spindle delay may not be needed, just change the Z distance to increase the delay.

Yes, with my firmware 255 is ON so if you put a meter on the output you should get 12VDC immediately when turning on the manual laser control. The small delay you have may not be enough to see but obviously you are getting some.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: ThothLoki on August 22, 2017, 02:02:42 PM
I think Lobo, Ggallant or pawapaw had that same issue with the delay and they bought a new laser module and the problem was solved. It might be the laser driver on your module (bad part or something or just slow reacting).
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: waltermixxx on August 23, 2017, 08:31:27 AM
hello zax not know much about this subject as I install firmware J-Tech? I what and installed is the program T2Laser Software, not how you look at what the value under s, send a photo of my plate what it's worth , thank you very much greetings

Hi there I just purchased a "65x50" laser engraver/cutter and it uses the same board as pictured in the above post.

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Mini-3000MW-Laser-Engraving-Cutting-Machine-Printer-Engraver-Cutter-Kit-DC-12V-T/282513662168?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160608112848%26meid%3Deeb503357d524c78a0315f59d27d8829%26pid%3D100623%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D282429071160&_trksid=p2047675.c100623.m-1 (http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Mini-3000MW-Laser-Engraving-Cutting-Machine-Printer-Engraver-Cutter-Kit-DC-12V-T/282513662168?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160608112848%26meid%3Deeb503357d524c78a0315f59d27d8829%26pid%3D100623%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D282429071160&_trksid=p2047675.c100623.m-1)

i would like to purchase your software for use with it.  I suspect this controller uses some kind of benbox firmware?
what would be the best firmware to use with it, and your software... will it work with this generic elekslaser controller type board?

any help would be great. :)  I have been combing through this thread (currently on page 12 I believe) and will keep looking, but this was the first reference
to this same board i have. :)   I am extremely new to laser's (I have spare glasses on order)...

I have the kit built (finished it last night) but I have not connected power or connected it to my computer yet...
what's the quickest way to purchase the software (assuming it will work with the board pictured in the above post? :) )

cheers and thanks. :)

Picture of my actual board is here:
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: ThothLoki on August 23, 2017, 08:44:35 AM
First, click on the link to download T2 from Zax's signature line. You can test it out with the trial version before you buy it. It is the full version with a time and gcode limit. If your firmware does not work, T2 has most of the available firmwares built in as well as some custom ones
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: waltermixxx on August 23, 2017, 08:48:23 AM
Thank you, i have downloaded the software and all the pdf documents.
i will install it tonight and give it a shot. :)

thank you for your reply :)

cheers.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: ThothLoki on August 23, 2017, 08:55:40 AM
one thing to check is to see if you have a jumper under the Arduino Nano. That will help determine what firmware you will need. Also, if you don't, if you are able to trace the board and see what pin the laser goes to (usually D11 or D12 of the Nano)
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on August 23, 2017, 08:59:21 AM
I'm pretty sure it will work with one of the firmware options I have, but it may take some trial and error to find the correct one.

The Nano probably has some firmware on already so that will likely work with T2Laser (to move the motors etc.) but you won't get the best results until you use one of mine.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: waltermixxx on August 23, 2017, 09:18:11 AM
I will definitely use one of yours...
Electronics is my hobby so if there is no jumper I will cut/solder one in as required. :)
I will first mess around with control with no laser plugged in, just to make sure i have x and y sorted out first. :)

thanks again... once i confirm things are working, i will send an email and wait for a paypal invoice ( I will review the purchasing procedure once I am there...) :0)

cheers. :)
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: waltermixxx on August 23, 2017, 03:43:52 PM
okie doke removed the nano to check under it, and powered on the nano board via usb, and got this in a terminal window:

benbox laser 3.1(c) mul 2015.06.06
start
ok

I checked and there is no jumper installed under the nano, just a spot with three through holes labeled D4 D7 D8.  I did trace D11 to a 100k resister, from there to what could be a mosfet (most likely?)  which goes to the laser output.  So it looks like this board is capable of PWM as D11 is connected...

:)  i will review the thread and see which firmware i should use for that. :)



:)
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on August 23, 2017, 03:53:11 PM
You should be able to use the default Grbl 1.1e firmware, in the Machine menu (not in the custom firmware submenu).
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: waltermixxx on August 23, 2017, 05:10:26 PM
thank you :)

here are some pictures of the board. :)

i also took this picture of this device that is connected to the laser,
perhaps a current regulator?   at any rate,  it only has two pins that go to the
board.    I thought PWM based laser controls had three pins?   

have a peek and let me know what you think :)

in the mean time I will down load and install the trial version and make sure everything is working fine. :)

Cheers. :)

Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: ThothLoki on August 23, 2017, 05:28:21 PM
Wow. I have never seen that box before. What is all connected to it?
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: waltermixxx on August 23, 2017, 05:56:22 PM
it's connected directly to the laser...

two little wires go to the controller board, and then it looks like 4 wires out of it go to the laser module,
fan and laser...

here is a better picture (from the ebay listing)



you will see better pictures of it. :)   Does anyone have this type of setup? :)

Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: waltermixxx on August 23, 2017, 06:05:34 PM
So, I think I'm ready to register now. :)  But I will do a bit more reading on a few things..
I dont suppose there are any discounts happening now?
if not no worries, I'll pay full pop, one can always hope.

I do have a question though.

i overwrote my firmware with the grble 1.1e firmware,
would I ever need to get it back?   does most software work with the grble 1.1e?
:) cheers. :)

The hardware ID, is that the ID for the laser controller board? (does your firmware put an ID in there?)
or is it my laptop hardware ID?   :)  I can dedicate this laptop for my cutter/engraver... :)

I suspect if I ever replace this laptop, i would request another registration code?  ( I guess I will cross that bridge when I get to it. )

Cheers. :)

Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: ThothLoki on August 23, 2017, 09:26:55 PM
To answer your questions

Probably not a sale going on. The software is a steal already for what you get

Most software is compatible with 1.1e. If you need the benbox firmware, I posted it in the benbox portion of this forum.

The software it tagged to your computer. You can use it with different controllers and machines

If you replace your computer, you can get an additional license at I think half price.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: waltermixxx on August 23, 2017, 09:42:10 PM
Ive tested the software and it seems to work fine with my machine,
the various strength settings seem to work. :) I will definitely be purchasing the
software. :)

I just have to get use to the burning smell... :)

"look ma, i wrote my name on a piece of MDF with a laser..."

Cheers. :)
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: nottingham82 on August 23, 2017, 09:47:57 PM
ohhhh well wait till you get the bright idea to start engraving all your food... and anything in arms reach of the engraver.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: waltermixxx on August 23, 2017, 09:55:21 PM
Toast with my name on it. :)

or perhaps i could put a picture of Christ on my toast....and start a new religion.  :)

ok I've joined the club, I purchased the software, I've drunk the kool-Aide so to speak :)

just waiting on the activation code... ( it's 1:00 AM where I am and I'm not going to stay up and wait for it... :)  )

gotta go to bed.   Tomorrow (or later today more accurately) begins a new day with my laser cutter/engraver...

Cheers all and wish me luck with the toast.... :)
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: nottingham82 on August 23, 2017, 10:18:50 PM
http://benboxlaser.us/index.php/topic,2294.msg27134.html#msg27134

Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: waltermixxx on August 24, 2017, 05:20:17 AM
By there way,  I used the 1.1e firmware available in the Laser Control portion of the software, and the upload parameters option (not sure of wording as I am at the office now...)
and burned a 50mm circle and square and they were right on the money. :)   Very impressed with the software, so I purchased it. :)
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: waltermixxx on August 24, 2017, 09:24:39 AM
By the way (again) I'm anxiously waiting for my registration code for my software purchase....

hint hint hint... :)

cheers.

(OK I got my registration code... happy as a pig in... well you get the idea. :) )
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: waltermixxx on August 24, 2017, 10:17:13 AM
Just curious: if I wanted to install some homing end stops on the laser engraver body,
which pins are they connected to in the grble 1.1e firmware...  I know I'll check the github repository code. :)

found this picture which seems to point to pin 9 and pin 10 for x and y endstops...

Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: ThothLoki on August 24, 2017, 10:56:14 AM
That's it. 9 & 10.

Most people who have wired home switches up have only used D9. You normally only use both if you are moving each axis at the same time. Otherwise just wire two switches in parallel and wire it to D9 and it will home one then the other (like my 3d printer)
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: waltermixxx on August 24, 2017, 11:23:39 AM
sorry I'm being a bit thick... how does it work with only using D9?

when x trips D9 then x stops moving but Y continues,  how is Y stopped?
if both limit switches are connected in parallel, then it wont matter when Y is tripped because
D9 is already tripped by x?  Y will keep going and not stop?

or am I missing something ( I blame lack of sleep ) :)

is it ok just to just use D9 and D10?  :)

Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: pedwards2932 on August 24, 2017, 12:22:03 PM
Is there a way to get T2 to run g-code but not turn on the laser or do you just set the max power to zero?  When you are in the second window of T2 (g-code part) if you set the max power there does it override whatever setting you had originally set the max power?  I made a couple of mistakes running a job last night that would have been obvious if I had run them first with no laser.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: ThothLoki on August 24, 2017, 12:26:59 PM
@ watermixxx - D9 and D10 are connected in grbl. What it does is home x first and then Y in T2. It will always be looking for 2 switches/shorts. Search the forum for home switches and you will get a bunch of threads

@pedwards2932 - couldn't you just unplug the laser from the controller board?
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on August 24, 2017, 12:41:12 PM
If you use single pin homing (what the default firmware uses) then you connect 2 N.O. home switches in parallel to D9. It homes one axis, triggering the switch and then backs off so that switch is now open again, then it homes the second axis.

If you use my 2 switch homing firmware it uses D9 and D10 but still homes the axis sequentially, I'm not really a fan of simultaneous homing but of course you can compile the software however you like and T2Laser will still work. The benefit of this arrangement is that you can use N.C. switches which are safer for a CNC machine (fail safe design as if the switch malfunctions or gets damaged it usually "opens" meaning the machine won't move).
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: waltermixxx on August 24, 2017, 01:02:20 PM
when you say default firmware, are you referring to the 1.1e firmware i loaded on my board from the laser control options in your software?
if so I will simply use that with N.O switches... if it's easier. :)   I did not realize the switch is backed off of once homed... :) that explains a lot. :)

i must design a 3d printed limit switch that mounts onto the 2020, perhaps a dual purpose belt holder and limit switch thingy for my engraver. (currently belt it held tight by an M5 nut and bolt, no fancy laser cut acrylic belt securing part.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on August 24, 2017, 04:25:37 PM
Yes, actually most of my firmware has D9 limits enabled. The one in custom named "1.1f XY Home Sw." is similar to the default but with D9 and D10 as I mentioned.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: awslaser on September 04, 2017, 05:49:54 PM
I have a 25x25mm electronics cooling fan on the way to try mounting on the laser head.  If that doesn't work I will use my air compressor and plumb in a small vinyl line to the laser.   I already have a 240 CFM exhaust fan pulling the smoke away from the machine, but it doesn't move enough air directly where the laser is burning.   It just moves enough to keep the smoke out of my garage. 

How fast are you cutting with your laser?  I am new to the cutting side of my laser.   Are the parameters fairly linear?  i.e. a cut which takes 1 pass with a 2.5w laser at 250mm/min can be cut by a 5.0w laser at 500mm/min?

Got it up and running.   Can now cut 3mm balsa at 750 mm/min in two passes.   I have a friend with a 3D printer that printed the mount for me.   
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: InvisibleRasta on September 05, 2017, 09:43:15 AM
I am not understanding how tracing works to be honest... All i want to do is engrave this black and white picture.. I tried autotrace but it outputs two lines instead of just one. maybe somone knows how i can do it.Should i do it on inkscape?

EDIT:
I tried to use the Path->Trace Image option in inkscape and then saave the file to DXF.
In inkscape it looks perfectly but once i load the dxf into T2laser it looks all weird with lines that i dont know where they come from:
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on September 05, 2017, 10:17:54 AM
That is a bug in the Inkscape DXF output, uncheck LWPOLYLINE and those will go away. You will still get double lines as tracing works on both sides. The only exception is center line tracing which can produce some weird results of it's own.

If you load the image and engrave it, your laser will scan back and forth, called raster engraving. It will work but isn't very efficient. When you auto-trace it, it looks for any contrast in the image and follows it to generate a vector path. When engraving a vector the laser draws along the path which produces a more defined image and usually faster.

Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: InvisibleRasta on September 05, 2017, 10:52:25 AM
what if i want the laser to draw a single line of this image? how am i supposed to do it? imconfused
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: ThothLoki on September 05, 2017, 11:19:55 AM
If you want to trace it and it to look really nice:
1. import it into T2
2. Go to Edit -> Centerline Trace
It will take a bit of time for it to render, but It should give you a nice clean result (I just did it on my work computer with a trial copy of T2)
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: InvisibleRasta on September 05, 2017, 11:24:52 AM
If you want to trace it and it to look really nice:
1. import it into T2
2. Go to Edit -> Centerline Trace
It will take a bit of time for it to render, but It should give you a nice clean result (I just did it on my work computer with a trial copy of T2)

jsut tried that... the image looks terrible... doesnt work for this image..how can i achieve this?
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: InvisibleRasta on September 05, 2017, 11:45:20 AM
That is a bug in the Inkscape DXF output, uncheck LWPOLYLINE and those will go away. You will still get double lines as tracing works on both sides. The only exception is center line tracing which can produce some weird results of it's own.

If you load the image and engrave it, your laser will scan back and forth, called raster engraving. It will work but isn't very efficient. When you auto-trace it, it looks for any contrast in the image and follows it to generate a vector path. When engraving a vector the laser draws along the path which produces a more defined image and usually faster.

This image will be 60x60cm and i really need the laser to follow the lines instead of raster engrave as it will probably take like 3 days and burn out before the image is done. what are your suggestions? how can i make this a single line vector ? is there some software i can use to do it?
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: ThothLoki on September 05, 2017, 11:54:36 AM
I just did it and it looks good.

You need it that big? 60x60 cm? As in 600mm by 600mm? If that is the case, you will need either a better picture as this one is only 57mm X 73.8mm
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: InvisibleRasta on September 05, 2017, 11:58:43 AM
id need it 600mmx600mm   i dont get it how center trace works... i have it set to standard and noise reduction. do i have to click autotrace then?

This program is missing an undo option when tracing..
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on September 05, 2017, 12:18:10 PM
I thought the center line worked pretty well, generally when you do raster to vector conversion it's going to need some manual clean-up.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on September 05, 2017, 12:23:16 PM
The other option is to fill it and use auto-trace, generally you get better results than centerline.

If you plan to do this often, CorelDraw is considered one of the best raster to vector conversion programs available.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: InvisibleRasta on September 05, 2017, 03:26:13 PM
The other option is to fill it and use auto-trace, generally you get better results than centerline.

If you plan to do this often, CorelDraw is considered one of the best raster to vector conversion programs available.

Fill it with photoshop you mean? i dont see a fill option in T2


I managed to make the image bigger and convert it into vector. but when i export it in illustrator as a DXF file i get an error opening it in T2Laser saying: Not supported entries were found,unblock and convert segments
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on September 05, 2017, 03:52:18 PM
Illustrator DXF files are terrible, I don't think they read the manual on creating them. You could try loading into Inkscape or QCAD and save as I know their format works.

Yes, if it's a filled image (Photoshop would work) the auto-trace would be easy.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: InvisibleRasta on September 05, 2017, 04:03:30 PM
you are talking about trace bitmap in inkscape? i tried usign that and saving as dxf but i will get double lines as i get with t2laser
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on September 05, 2017, 04:18:08 PM
No I thought you could load the DXF and save it, if Inkscape will load the Illustrator DXF.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: InvisibleRasta on September 05, 2017, 04:22:00 PM
nope when i save the image in illustrator as DXF and open it in inskcape i dont see the image.. its blank

I attached the file i edited so far...jsut the problem is creating the path...
https://pasteboard.co/GJ1JbM7.png
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on September 05, 2017, 04:49:20 PM
Chances are the message displayed in T2Laser is accurate, the DXF doesn't contain any vector paths just a raster image.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: InvisibleRasta on September 05, 2017, 04:50:45 PM
could you please help me out figuring out how to make a path? im completely lost at this point.. tried illustrator,inkscape,corel draw... nothing..
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on September 05, 2017, 06:01:57 PM
Do you have the original drawing or just an image?

If you have the original, send it to me in whatever format you have and I will convert it.

If it's an image, use Corel to trace it and then same as a PLT following my export document.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: InvisibleRasta on September 06, 2017, 01:02:53 AM
i have the image i modified only that i posted earlier:
https://pasteboard.co/GJ1JbM7.png
Id be glad if you could tell me the steps to convert it with corel or inkscape as i will be doing alot of image conversions
thank you alot for the support
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on September 06, 2017, 04:52:13 AM
Since you don't have the original vector artwork, you will have to trace it.

I believe you can get better results with Corel but I used Inkscape and did a few minutes of cleanup, you could literally spend several hours making it near perfect but for your purpose I believe the attached would work. I included the SVG in case you want to do more work on it.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: nottingham82 on September 06, 2017, 09:55:12 PM
hey rasta dont know if you have seen these videos but they may help you

https://youtu.be/7-sLv0Ww9BE

https://youtu.be/QnVPzsjWygU
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: InvisibleRasta on September 20, 2017, 01:46:25 PM
i am having troubles opening a png in t2. i get out of memory error.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on September 20, 2017, 02:44:16 PM
This is usually caused by an incorrect resolution setting or too large a file (pixel size).
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: nottingham82 on September 20, 2017, 02:54:15 PM
Also restart your PC. It seems silly but it will help.
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: InvisibleRasta on September 21, 2017, 09:11:03 AM
how do i scale an image properly? i have a traced bitmap that i saved with inkscape to dxf. when i load it to t2 and set the output size to max 60x40 the laser tries to go outside of its frame. The frame is 100x100 and i cant figure out hot the scaling/output size works. cause i put output size 600mmx40mm and still my laser tries to use more than the meter of space it has avilable...
Title: Re: T2Laser Software
Post by: Zax on September 21, 2017, 09:35:15 AM
I would suggest you start at the beginning, in the Help menu are some Samples.

Load the 10mm square and measure it to make sure the size is correct. If so, what you enter in T2Laser will be accurate.

If you are using the default lower left start position make sure you set home (0,0) at the lower left of your machine.