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Benbox / Re: Any way to NOT engrave some parts of image?
« on: September 09, 2018, 07:46:16 AM »
Yes, BCL can selectively burn what ever drawing objects are in your DXF file.

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General Discussion / Re: What does this mean???
« on: September 01, 2018, 09:59:25 PM »
You'll have to try a smaller image size.

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General Discussion / Re: What does this mean???
« on: September 01, 2018, 09:44:01 PM »
Try the post without attachments.

If that works, edit your post and then add your attachments.

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General Discussion / Re: What does this mean???
« on: September 01, 2018, 09:19:39 PM »
I see a blank page when I try to view your post.

I'd suggest you try posting again with a new thread and then I'll delete your original (broken) thread.

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General Discussion / Re: What does this mean???
« on: September 01, 2018, 04:56:41 PM »
It give some time. If it doesn't clear up, you may have to clear your browser cache.

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General Discussion / Re: What does this mean???
« on: September 01, 2018, 04:47:11 PM »
How about now?

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Engraving / Re: Wood Types and Suggested Settings
« on: August 27, 2018, 08:28:51 PM »
Also, pay attention to the direction of the grain. If you're not cutting, then you'll want each burn line that runs with the grain to look like each burn line that runs against the grain. The speed and/or laser power will be different to get the same look. Do your test burns and keep a record of what settings are needed to produce your desired results.

As an FYI, the BenCutLaser (BCL) software allows you to create a laser tool for each type of wood that you have. Each laser tool can be adjusted to burn up/down and left/right (individually) to get the same visual look for a surface line burn. Once you set your laser tool for that specific type of wood, you can just select and reuse that tool on the same wood type in the future.

You'll want to also check out the T2 Laser software. You can find BCL and T2 in the Software section of this forum.

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Cutting / Re: Missing starting part, with Makeblock LaserBot
« on: August 24, 2018, 08:09:21 PM »
As the attachment shows, there is nothing wrong with your g-code. The top red square is my laserBot test square g-code. The laser power and feed speeds are different from your g-code (the bottom red square) but other than that they are the same.

The attachment shows me running this square test into the Virtual Laser Machine (VLM) and you can see it burned correctly.

I'm also looking at the g-code itself to know it's correct. Therefore, you have some kind of binding problem or something going on to make it miss the first part of the burn. The g-code is absolutely 100% correct. Something is amiss in your laser machine.

Maybe someone has an idea of what you can check or look at.

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Cutting / Re: dotted/dashed lines
« on: August 24, 2018, 08:02:28 PM »
>I did a PDF export + conversion to DXF  'inside' BCL.

BCL makes use of Agastar's Convert2DxfCmd.zip file. You unzip it into the BCL folder and BCL calls it. If you it's not working on your PDF then you can contact Agastar and provide him with your PDF file, but my guess is that your PDF isn't formatted internally correctly. There has always been and will always be problems when trying to use a non-DXF file and convert it over to a DXF file format. The best thing you can do is try as best you can to do your work in a DXF from the start.

The DXF file format has been around a very long time and there are way too many versions of it. When a conversion utility is found, we don't know what version it is spitting out. DO NOT assume your conversions will always work or always be correct. They won't be. SVG conversions are just as bad as trying to convert a PDF file.

Users should stay away from trying to convert any file format into a DXF file.

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Cutting / Re: dotted/dashed lines
« on: August 24, 2018, 08:21:42 AM »
This 'feature' isn't something that belongs inside BCL. BCL just follows what ever part you have created inside your DXF file.

If you want a dashed line, create a dashed line inside your DXF file. BCL will then burn it that way. If you want a dotted line, make a dotted line inside your DXF file and BCL will follow that drawing object and burn a dotted line.

In summary, BCL will burn/cut any line you can make inside your DXF file.

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General Discussion / Re: Show working borders
« on: August 24, 2018, 08:18:20 AM »
>It would be nice if a function in BCL would draw a rectangle (laser set to minimum) around the outer side,

That isn't really necessary**

You need to design your work area so that your material lays down in the same location every time.

Next, you need to position your laser head to a 'home' position before starting any laser job. If you have homing switches than that takes care of this. For those that don't have homing switches, you'll have to manually position your laser head each time. BCL can help with that by using it's Position Check link. See attachment.

** Having said that, if you want to do that, you can simply add the rectangle you wish into your DXF drawing at the location you want and it will show up as just another drawing object inside BCL. You can choose to use that drawing object or not, so having it in your drawing doesn't affect your main part(s).

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Cutting / Re: Missing starting part, with Makeblock LaserBot
« on: August 24, 2018, 08:09:00 AM »
Can you post the g-code?

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LaserBot Kit / Re: first BCL-run with LaserBot gives no movement/laser
« on: August 15, 2018, 08:16:32 AM »
I'm glad you finally got it working. For those unaware, @Ivo and I had an extensive off-forum support exchange going for a couple of days.

Make sure you are installed into Bencutlaser folder. It sounds like BCL is not able to save your comm port parameters and that's the only reason I can think of for it not being able to do that. BCL must be installed into that folder.

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LaserBot Kit / Re: first BCL-run with LaserBot gives no movement/laser
« on: August 10, 2018, 07:36:22 AM »
Email sent.

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LaserBot Kit / Re: first BCL-run with LaserBot gives no movement/laser
« on: August 09, 2018, 01:52:45 PM »
@ivo are you available to do a screen share session using join.me? What time zone are you in? I'm in Los Angeles.

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