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Projects / Re: Lighting mirror
« on: Today at 09:48:10 AM »
I've engraved the back of mirrors a few times, but always color filled the design. The use of lighting is fantastic.

T2 Software Updates / Re: Updates
« on: Today at 07:36:00 AM »
Search for "color laser marking", it works best on titanium. I saw a demo a few months ago, very impressive.

T2 Software Updates / Re: Updates
« on: Today at 04:36:03 AM »
That's version 2.0 but will be a paid option.

T2 Software Updates / Re: Updates
« on: March 27, 2017, 06:31:31 PM »
It's quiet here today so I'm going to have to tease you some more.

1.3z will also add the option to use DXF colors to set the engraving order (cut sequence). This was already possible using the DXF optimizer as it would optimize based on the start point but now it can be customized exactly how you like.

OK, back to testing...


I've added some comments below, don't worry about it. Just wear the glasses when it is turned on and you'll be fine.

1) I plan to use BCL (sorry for not chosing T2) No problem, use what works for you.
2) I don't know how to calibrate the laser with respect to finding a "home" position of the laserhead, while not burning the table or whatever else is placed underneath it at the time. I'm sure it's easy to set the 0,0 using BCL
3) I have detected two switches on my Eleksmaker A5 that I am not quite sure what does. There is one on the controller board, which I suspect is a general "on/off"-switch for the entire system. Also, I found a switch on the laser-module itself (on the small PCB which is attached to it on top of the fan on the opposite end than where the beam is supposed to come out), any chance you can tell me what that one does ? The one near the power plug is the on/off for the machine, the other should remain off. The one on the laser module is a low power mode, probably not needed.
4) I see that there's a "Weak Focus Beam OFF" button under the tab called "Laser Tool Parameters" in BCL. Does that turn the laser on (with the power level indicated straight above it I assume ?) in order to align it with whatever you're planning to engrave, cut, burn ? Ralph can help you here.
5) Is there a nice "check-list" for the Eleksmaker A5 somewhere on this forum, for the "very first time you turn on your laser" ? I haven't seen one
6) I have found the trouble shoot page for BCL, and I believe I will be able to flash the right FW into my machine and connect it via USB etc. and get a response. Leave the machine OFF while you flash the firmware, it gets power from the USB so doesn't need to be on and that will prevent any unexpected laser pulses (although unlikely)

Mana SE / Re: So mine is TTL?
« on: March 27, 2017, 04:27:24 AM »
Yes it does. All of the new systems use this setup, I guess they saw what we were doing  :D .

T2 Engraving / Re: Problems rotating images
« on: March 26, 2017, 10:11:02 AM »
You won't lose the registration, and even if it did you could use your key to unlock the full version again (providing you are still within the 1 year upgrade cycle).

T2 Engraving / Re: Error on engraving
« on: March 26, 2017, 04:18:11 AM »
Send me your image and settings, or zip the G-code file and email that to me.

Trouble Shooting / Re: Laser stays on all the time and burns .
« on: March 26, 2017, 04:15:44 AM »
T2Laser can do raster (burn line by line) or vector (burn outline).

If you want to convert a raster image to a vector job you must trace it, either select auto-trace or watch my videos (link is in the Help menu) and you can trace individual lines.

You can also import DXF or PLT vector files from Inkscape or CAD programs the same as BCL.

T2Laser has many more features than other programs so can be a little more complex to learn but the basics are very simple so you can learn the advanced tools over time while still using it.

Keep playing with the trial and determine if it works for you.

BenCutLaser / Re: Makeblock - LaserBot (OPEN)
« on: March 26, 2017, 04:11:54 AM »
Couldn't they just replace the board with an Eleks Mana, that seems like the easiest and cheapest solution to me.

T2 Engraving / Re: Error on engraving
« on: March 25, 2017, 06:14:01 PM »
You are using my Grbl 1.1e firmware, correct?

That will not only significantly enhance performance but it is required with newer version of T2Laser to use many of the features. When switching between programs also be sure to reset the Grbl parameters in T2Laser before running as other programs can change my compiled defaults.

Kits / Re: iMaker STARTT 3D Printer US
« on: March 25, 2017, 06:11:22 PM »
It's cheap, but I don't think it would be a good starter system (for a beginner which is how they are marketing it).

T2 Engraving / Re: Problems rotating images
« on: March 25, 2017, 06:07:29 PM »
Is it an image (raster, JPG, BMP or PNG) or a DXF file (vector)?

The rotate function was originally for images only, but later version will also rotate and flip DXF files.

You may just need to upgrade. If so, uninstall the current version and install 1.3y.

T2 Software Updates / Re: Updates
« on: March 25, 2017, 03:27:46 PM »
I know her


Your images are challenging for the hatch routine but look good when done, I'm not completely happy with it yet but it's getting there.

T2 Engraving / Re: Error on engraving
« on: March 25, 2017, 03:25:56 PM »
It stops because Grbl reports an error, that was a new safety feature I added. It is called "Fail Safe Mode" and can be found in the Advanced Settings section on the Laser Control screen. I do not recommend disabling it.

There are many reasons, often caused by the computer sleep mode (USB power saving mode).

Sometimes the errors can be ignored but it's also possible the machine could stop responding with the laser on, causing a fire so this features disables the laser and stops when Grbl reports a potential problem.

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