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Other Software / Re: Cut2D
« on: February 24, 2017, 10:10:49 PM »
In my opinion, Cut2D is 'expensive' software...even at 1/10th the cost of a $2000.00 product ($200.00) I think that cost is too much for the users of these low cost, low power laser machines. I think the price point of $39.95 for BenCutLaser (BCL) and T2 Laser is 'reasonable' for this market segment.

When I looked at Cut2D software about a year ago, it didn't support low power lasers very well. What I mean by this is that it didn't have the ability to change speeds when cutting plywood with and against the grain of the wood. This is necessary to get the same visual, even cut lines with wood.

If your CAM software can't do that, you won't be happy with your engraving results as your burn lines will be different and they will look different. BCL and T2 Laser both can compensate for wood grain and this gives a consistent, even burn line regardless of the direction of the grain. The last time I used Cut2D, it could not do that...maybe it has been updated now?

When I was using it, I liked it. But it was clear this software was written for CNC machines and was modified heavily for the Emblaser I laser machine. Cut2D is an OEM product only. This means the software vendor (Vectric) does not sell this to the consumer...you cannot buy it...they only make it available as 'bundled software' with CNC machines and for lasers, only the Emblaser I. Again, maybe this has changed in the past year and you can now spend $200.00 for it as a consumer. I don't know if Cut2D is being bundled with the Emblaser II as it does not use Grbl, the Emblaser founder recently told me.

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EleksMaker / EleksMaker Forum Member: EleksMaker Z
« on: February 24, 2017, 09:29:02 PM »
I want to announce that EleksMaker has an official representative as a member of our community support forum: EleksMaker Z

He is a developer for EleksMaker.



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General Discussion / Re: Elekscam software
« on: February 24, 2017, 09:14:41 PM »
I don't know how important a screen is...everything I need to do I built into BenCutLaser (BCL) such as homing, jogging, etc.

I believe T2 Laser has done the same thing and if used on a laser machine, a screen would also not be needed. So I guess it would depend on what CAM software you are using.

Therefore, I'd like to see the screen as an option, such that if I didn't want it, I could save some money on the price of the kit.

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General Discussion / Re: Elekscam software
« on: February 24, 2017, 08:22:19 PM »
>About Quad core X86 Win10 touch Controller Boards.

I see absolutely no need for this kind of CPU/controller board, at all.

What I'd like to see come to these laser kits is the RAMPS 1.4/Mega 2560 controller boards with Grbl 1.1e on them. To me, this is all you'd ever need. Plenty of RAM, lots of breathing room for firmware, great CPU speed...its got everything we would ever need.

I have this on my 3D Printer and it's worked great from day one...this is a great controller board combination I'd like to see make its way into future laser kits.

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General Discussion / Re: Elekscam software
« on: February 24, 2017, 07:57:29 PM »
>2. if we use superior quality linear to make a brandnew laser machine, is that reasonable ? cause it will be expensive.

There are some on this forum who would want that. There are posts that discuss about what would work, that is, what would be better, etc. So there is some interest -- but -- would they pay more for it? I guess that would depend on how much more for the price of the kit.

Personally, I don't feel I need it on my kit laser machine...I get very accurate passes over the same area all the time...for me, I have not noticed that my plastic roller wheel design is not tracking correctly or properly...therefore, for me, I would not spend extra money to get a higher quality linear rail design...I don't perceive that I need it.

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Grbl Controller / Re: How To Upgrade Your Grbl Software
« on: February 24, 2017, 01:59:32 PM »
BCL can use Grbl 0.9i or 0.9j or 1.1e.

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General Discussion / Re: Elekscam software
« on: February 23, 2017, 08:59:05 PM »
Thank you Richard...!!!

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General Discussion / Re: Woodworker Buying My First Laser
« on: February 23, 2017, 10:46:35 AM »
>Are the dimensions listed on the site (60.00 x 46.00 x 18.00 cm / 23.62 x 18.11 x 7.09 inches) pretty accurate?

The best answer to that question would come from them...right?

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The controller board arrived but my testing with BCL didn't go as well as I would have liked, using just the controller board.

I need the whole laser machine and I sent an email to Makeblock asking if they could send me one so I can complete my testing and configuration of BCL to support their laser machine. It's been about a week and I have not had a reply from them. I will send them another email today.

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General Discussion / Re: Woodworker Buying My First Laser
« on: February 22, 2017, 11:05:45 AM »
That's excellent...!!!

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General Discussion / Re: Woodworker Buying My First Laser
« on: February 22, 2017, 10:30:30 AM »
It's my personal opinion that you should be right next to your laser machine when it is running a job. The easiest thing to do to monitor a job is wear your safety glasses and just watch the job every now and then -- or -- build an enclosure and install one of those 12x12 inch 445nm rated Orange plastic panels as a 'viewing port' to watch the job run.

Obviously, you can do what ever you want, but I don't see the value of setting up a web cam to monitor a laser job, when you're right next to the machine...and you certainly would not want a web cam so you can monitor from another physical location...that would be a big safety accident waiting to happen (I'm not saying that is/was your intent).

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Laser Safety / Acrylic Orange Shields
« on: February 22, 2017, 09:31:45 AM »
Most of our laser diodes have a wave length rating of 445nm -- make sure you KNOW what the rating is for the laser diode YOU are using.

You can buy a 12x12 inch acrylic Orange shield from the link below, if that size works for you:

https://jtechphotonics.com/?product=445nm-laser-shielding

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General Discussion / Re: Woodworker Buying My First Laser
« on: February 22, 2017, 09:27:38 AM »
Ralph,

How do you find that out? I am looking into building a box this summer for my A5

Ask the company you are buying your acrylic from...see if they have a wave length (445nm) rating for it.

Most of our laser diodes have a wave length rating of 445nm so that's the target value.

You can buy a 12x12 inch shield from the link below if that size works for you. I bought 2 of these from them about a year ago:

https://jtechphotonics.com/?product=445nm-laser-shielding

Honestly, if the place you're buying your plastic from can't give you a wave length rating (such as 445nm) then I wouldn't use it...your eyes are way too important to be 'hoping' it will work or it is good enough...if you don't really know the rating.

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General Discussion / Re: Woodworker Buying My First Laser
« on: February 22, 2017, 08:19:35 AM »
I got green acrylic from amazon (my glasses that came with my laser were green).  It was about $12 with shipping:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006FLYIB0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

You should not go by the color alone...you need to make sure you know what the wave length number/value is to know that your eyes are protected. Your green safety glasses have a wave length rating...any acrylic panel you use should have the same rating...the color of it does not matter. I have several pairs of safety glasses with different color plastic lens...but they all have the same wave length rating.

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General Discussion / Re: Elekscam software
« on: February 22, 2017, 08:02:27 AM »
yeah , we are starting offical support~ and we will post ElekMaker's Production documents in few days.

Welcome to our community support forum...!!!

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