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General Discussion / Re: Where is everyone? Did I miss something?
« on: November 06, 2018, 09:33:29 AM »
I keep checking back, my laser is churning away with BCL with minimal issues, but I haven't done anything too interesting to report on... short of ordering a 15W laser that Canada Customs refused and sent back... and then I had to file a claim with EBay. 

I'm in the "no-news-is-good-news" group. ;)

Benbox / Re: Replace LaserModule from 500MW to 15W
« on: August 14, 2018, 05:30:38 AM »
Mine's likely on the same boat... delivery between August and October.  I thought I'd take a chance on it since it was cheap... I know, you get what you pay for.  But for the price of the domestic high-powered LEDs, I can go to the local professional with the 120W Trotec and get the work I need done.  Otherwise my 2.5W still churns out the bulk of what I need to do reliably.  Slowly, but reliably. :)

Assembly Help / Re: Upgrading from 3w to 15w question
« on: April 16, 2018, 04:34:23 PM »
Yes, inquiring minds want to know!  What can the 15W do that our 2.5W units can't?  Especially interested in what it can cut, and how quickly.

General Discussion / Re: honeycomb bed
« on: April 13, 2018, 07:45:34 AM »
Is this the sort of grille you're talking about?

I've thought about that, or the lattice for fluorescent lights.  I've been using expanded steel, and I find the contact patch is too large, and I'm not getting clean cuts.

Z Axis / Re: Banggood Eleks Z Axis Kit - any issues?
« on: April 11, 2018, 09:59:25 AM »
For anyone that has this z-axis, how high above the x-axis rail does it project?  I've mounted my cutter on a drawer under a tabletop, but didn't think about needing extra vertical clearance for a z-axis... now I'm thinking I need a z-axis....  ::)

I think it's cool, but I agree with Zax, there's potential for some serious harm there!
Where's the light path?  I'm not familiar with how the CO2 laser systems work, I realize that instead of moving the laser itself, you're re-directing the beam and eventually focussing it on the workpiece.  How are you tracking the moving cutting head?

BenCutLaser / Re: Filled text with BCL? (OPEN)
« on: March 25, 2018, 10:27:07 AM »
Thanks Ralph, I was pretty sure there wasn't an option there.
I've done some engraving, so I know the drill.  :D

BenCutLaser / Re: Filled text with BCL? (OPEN)
« on: March 25, 2018, 08:02:14 AM »
Thanks Ralph,
I'm not sure where the option is to fill text.  I'm using 3.1h, and whether I start a new drawing, or add text to an existing one, I get this dialog when I select either "Edit Text" or "Text Settings".

BenCutLaser / Filled text with BCL? (CLOSED)
« on: March 24, 2018, 02:21:56 PM »
Is there a simple way to do a filled-text etch with BCL?  99% of my use is cutting, for which BCL is great, but I've been asked to do a couple of signs. 
I've used the add text to put in a few part numbers and things, but it only does outline (unless I'm missing something?).
Should I just create an image of the text I want to burn, and then treat it as a B&W or grayscale engraving?

Cutting / Air Assists Compared?
« on: March 20, 2018, 08:28:38 AM »
Hi All,
I have a Banggood 2.5W with Pawpawpaw's air assist, and it's working OK.  I've been doing a lot of cutting, and I'm wondering if anyone has done a comparison between the low-pressure high-volume approach that Pawpawpaw's has with the high-pressure/low-volume that you would get with a directed compressed air stream.  I've been reading through the posts, and it seems folks have gone with one method or the other, but I haven't seen anyone who's tried both and settled on a winner.

Is a compressed air setup going to produce enough of a difference/improvement in cutting ability for me to justify investing in a newer air assist rig?

BenCutLaser / Re: Speaking of re-sizing windows (OPEN)
« on: February 13, 2018, 12:54:23 PM »
Ah!  (see other thread).  Thanks for making that clear!  I was looking for the grab handle like some of the other windows.

And now I can see the scroll bar!  Yay!  Thanks again!

BenCutLaser / Re: Saving resized windows? (OPEN)
« on: February 13, 2018, 12:52:48 PM »
Ahhhh!  Got it!  Now it works! 

BenCutLaser / Speaking of re-sizing windows (RESOLVED)
« on: February 13, 2018, 05:24:06 AM »
... would it be possible to allow re-sizing of the workspace window?  As you can see, the Toolpath Operations window is pushed off the right side of the screen, and resizing the Tools pane doesn't move the right edge of the workspace.  It's not really impeding my ability to use the software, but some of the items in the text/image pane are half off my screen.

I loaded this particular piece, as this is typical of the work I'm going to be using BCL for.  It's working well so far, but I have a large number of objects that are either identical, or very slightly different (hole placement, overall size etc). I'd prefer not to have to chop up the original drawing into many smaller ones.  Having a scroll bar on the toolpath pane would be a huge help, since I'm not necessarily cutting all the pieces at the same time. 
Or is there already one there, and I just can't see it?

BenCutLaser / Re: Saving resized windows? (OPEN)
« on: February 13, 2018, 05:14:36 AM »
Thanks Ralph, but when I try using CTRL and the left or right cursor keys, with the double-ended arrow showing when the cursor is over the dividing line, I'm told (if I'm not connected) that the COM port is not connected.  When I am connected, doing this results in no movement at all. 
Or am I misunderstanding what I should be doing?  If I use CTRL and mouse-drag, it seems to hold when I close and re-open, but if the program window goes from full screen to a smaller window and back to full screen, it loses the pane position.

BenCutLaser / Saving resized windows? (RESOLVED)
« on: February 12, 2018, 06:24:47 PM »
Way back in the dim, distant path, Ralph was kind enough chat me through getting BCL up and running, and he had a key-combo that when I re-sized windows (eg. the tool parameter/laser tool library panes).  I've totally forgotten how to do it, and I re-read the manual for 1.5, and didn't see mention of it.

What's the magic combo?  Is it CTRL drag, ALT drag, or did I dream the whole thing?

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