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Benbox / Re: Problem benbox please help
« on: Today at 01:06:52 AM »
to help with focusing you can take a small piece of wood mike the size of a school ruler and prop up one end so the wood makes a type of ramp. Then you just burn a line and you will see where the lasered line is thinnest...
I also use a 3D printed fan holder that has a bigger knob for adjusting the focus, I do this when the laser is on but I run it at 25% power or lower..

General Discussion / Re: Hello Everyone
« on: Today at 01:03:53 AM »
very nice an neat. Looks like you have your laser dialled in correctly.
Now expect to spend any remaining monay on slate, different woods and all sorts of other materials!
Lots of users here use inkscape to make vector designs.. Just saying as I find gimp a bit much. just my 2c!

Benbox / Re: Problem benbox please help
« on: April 20, 2018, 12:24:24 AM »
Changing firmware is quite easy once you find the correct place to upload it in either benbox or T2Laser.
I have the T2Laser and stick with it so I dont change the firmware any more.
Let us know how you get on

Benbox / Re: Problem benbox please help
« on: April 19, 2018, 04:41:50 AM »
here is what I mean...
here you see the pin change needed for the grlb 0.9 (I think, unsure about the version no. this needs to be checked).

Benbox / Re: Problem benbox please help
« on: April 19, 2018, 04:29:05 AM »
It depends I think on what board you have. I have an old eleksmaker L5 (I think) board and so under the arduino nano there are some pins you can change the position of.
There is a forum post about but I cant for the life of me find it. It refers to the pin change needed for specific versions of GRLB...
I did find this;,76.msg727.html#msg727
which might help, there in this video they have the same board as I have.
I hope this helps

Benbox / Re: Problem benbox please help
« on: April 19, 2018, 02:50:59 AM »
Hi Joanna,
I am by no means an expert but looking at your video it seems to me from the sound alone that you have a mechanical problem, it sounds like the belts are skipping. Are you able to move the laser around freely when it is powered off??(careful with moving the laser head around as it can generate power and fry the controller board, slow movements are best).
It also seems to me that you are not engraving correctly, as in your laser moves, engraves a bit then moves a bit more whereas I think the laser should move constantly. Other youtube videos will show you how it should be moving.
Did you do the pin change, on some boards there is a jumper pin you can change to allow compatibility with certain versions of GRLB (spelling!).
On a positive note at least your laser if firing!!
Hope you find the issue!

General Discussion / Re: Hello Everyone
« on: April 19, 2018, 01:45:51 AM »
welcome SRathwell, give T2Laser a go, you will appreciate the 'upgrade'. Also take a look at the what can de engraved (or is it burned / cut??) post. Lets see how long it takkes you to get tot he 'Can I engrave on that' stage...

Zax, dont underestimate yourself, as far as I am concerned you have not given a wrong answer so far..

General Discussion / Re: Printing vases
« on: April 19, 2018, 12:40:26 AM »
I have not tried since installing my 0.7 nozzle... I will give it a go and report back, once I fix the printer!
But would nozzle size really have an effect on the quality of vase mode? I cant see how if you change the settings accordingly.

General Discussion / Re: Spring is Coming!!!!
« on: April 19, 2018, 12:37:58 AM »
a little update, 28 deg C. here today....
I am in shorts at work!!
enjoy the snowman building!!

General Discussion / Re: Printer Help
« on: April 19, 2018, 12:36:52 AM »
the tevo tarantula is a good printer, easy to upgrade and with plenty of files on thingiverse to help you get the most out of it.
Let us know how you get on and congratulations on gaining a hobby that will see you no longer have any free time!!

General Discussion / Re: Printing vases
« on: April 17, 2018, 10:27:38 AM »

Projects / Re: Autumn is here... Engraved curly wisteria seedpods
« on: April 16, 2018, 05:48:03 AM »
well I thought the corm would pop into popcorn...

Good luck
a drawing on a grain of rice.. you wont make any friends if you go down that path, we will all be far too jealous of your accomplishments!
Also, do you use special XXXL rice grains? this is the only way I can imagine it being done!!
I will stick to the slate I have been working on recently.
Seriously though, do the motor controllers allow such tiny and precise moments to be able to engrave a picture on a grain of rice?? I suppose you go slow to minimise vibration?

Projects / Re: Autumn is here... Engraved curly wisteria seedpods
« on: April 16, 2018, 04:08:48 AM »
Ian, fantastic write up, thanks for the how to. Unfortunately I dont think I have any botanicals I can engrave at hand but I will keep my eyes open for anything suitable to be lasered!
Excellent workflow.. I really like the scanning part to get as much text as possible on the pod.

 As for the grain of rice... my god you guys are nuts. I am not even sure I can get my laser to focus so accurately so as to engrave a grain of rice...
What foodstuff is next? corn? Wheat? popcorn? ham? dried mango?

General Discussion / Re: help! broke glass print bed!!!
« on: April 16, 2018, 02:55:24 AM »
ouch!!!! I hope it does not warp... a mirror would have been much cheaper than the aluminium plate and buildtek clone...
I will give it a go and see if it stays flat. I only print with PLA so worst case I dont heat up the bed...

General Discussion / Re: Printer Help
« on: April 16, 2018, 02:49:13 AM »
Hi Merlin,
I have the tronxy X1, a prusa i3 clone, a anycubic kossel and an old makerbot cupcake.
I would suggest you decide on your budget first, these things can get expensive fast. I would also suggest you look in the local 2nd hand places / sites as 3D printers are becoming quite common.
What plastic do you want to print with? If it is only PLA then a heated platform is not really needed. If you want to print ABS and nylon (and other filament types) then you will need a heated build platform. I got a heated bed (but only print with PLA) as I also wanted the corresponding more powerful power supply (to power the heated bed).
Then there is the print area, the tronxy X1 I have is 15cm X 15 X15cm... the prusa i3 is 20x20x20... the anycubic kossel is 20x30cm... but, 90% of the stuff I print is quite small.
I see you want a 'full' frame, not like the tronX1! I would advise this path as I suspect there is a bit too much vibration in the top far corner of the print area on the tronxy X1.
These 2 options you have are both in kit form, you will have to build them up but his is part of the fun I think!
I prefer the 2nd option as I like the full frame style. It does take up more space and is more expensive...

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any questions you have, I will answer as best  I can!!

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