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Projects / Re: Seasonal etching
« on: October 14, 2018, 06:27:42 PM »
stopped by michaels and got some $2 decorations for Christmas.  Gf asked where I bought them... ;) told her I make things, I dont buy them.  I should probably be doing thankgiving stuff but I thought I would get a head start on christmas.  Candy cane font using T2 sketch.  1500 mm/min

General Discussion / Re: Problem opening Benbox
« on: October 14, 2018, 01:29:34 PM »
sorry benbox barely works for most people.  It is abandonware and has not had anyone work on it for several years.  I would recommend looking at a software that is still being serviced by the designers such as t2 laser, laserweb, lasergrbl, or lightburn.

Engraving / Re: Questions for those of you who do acrylic
« on: October 12, 2018, 09:21:27 PM »
with acrylic, the slower you go, the wider the curf.  Therefore the less dimensionally accurate your part will be.  The faster, the thinner the curf but the more passes you will need.  But the speeds you read for 30-150 are cutting speeds.

If you are doing a raster engraving you can go much faster.  If you are trying to do a cut, you would not want a raster file.  It needs to be a vector file or you will waste a week of sundays trying to get 1 cut finished.

General Discussion / Re: Fun with Boards
« on: October 11, 2018, 05:35:49 PM »
Here is a close up
Look who has unreleased hardware!?!

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Engraving / Re: Engraving on high-carbon knife steel?
« on: October 10, 2018, 11:33:33 AM »
a lot of knife guys use electro engraving.   You can always make the masks with your laser.

Projects / Re: Slate Coasters
« on: October 08, 2018, 01:09:33 PM »

Projects / Re: Slate Coasters
« on: October 08, 2018, 08:22:56 AM »
greyscale works too  ;)

General Discussion / Re: You people are a bad influence....
« on: October 04, 2018, 09:04:27 PM »
the bear made me do it

General Discussion / Re: Stepper Motor Upgrades
« on: October 03, 2018, 08:29:32 PM »
I only know of 2 people that have done this.  one on the facebook group and the other is marco reps from youtube.  You might check out marco's video on it.

Engraving / Re: Slate?
« on: September 20, 2018, 03:23:00 PM »
I usually see them for about $5 a coaster.  I keep that in mind on who I sell to.  If it is an end user than $5.  If it it going to someone who is going to resell it, I usually will charge half that.  I get mine from michaels and I make my own boxes if the people want them.  I have the files here and I use 3mm birch plywood.  Most people dont want the box so I usually dont bother.

Engraving / Re: Slate?
« on: September 18, 2018, 08:21:50 PM »
Decided to take a little break from the intense engraving work I had been doing and
play with a new medium.

Standing on the shoulders of the giants here in the forum, I took this nice 6 piece
slate coaster set from Wal-Mart (Better Homes & Gardens with bamboo holder for
$7.99) and make a set of Star Wars coasters.  Michaels has sets of 4 for $2.99,
but they don't come with a holder.  Tradeoffs I guess.

Here is the first one out of the laser.  Speed 900, Full Power.  There are some dark
spots still, but overall I'm very pleased.  I have other designs ready to go, just
waiting on the next one to finish.
I like it. Just did some coasters myself! Not star wars though

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Engraving / Re: Request for Assistance on a Big Project
« on: September 17, 2018, 09:31:34 PM »
I'm gonna go with my age old problem. Xaxis wheel tension.
Here is a video about what I mean. Go to the 1minute mark.

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Engraving / Re: Request for Assistance on a Big Project
« on: September 13, 2018, 07:38:41 AM »
Good morning.

So last night I updated my SVG file and burned another test on cardboard to see what
it all looks like.  I uploaded the pictures to the web location below.  I kept the files
big so you can see the details.

There are a couple of issues still, but overall I'm pretty happy with the results.

Some questions.  I changed the stroke width of the text at the top and the larger logos
to "1" from "0.485" but the engraving still seems to be very thin.  Most of the small
logos look pretty good.

I noticed a couple of the logos still have several issues, and I had forgotten to copy
in the proper OpValor logo at the top (oops) which I have corrected.  However, I've
been unable to get the two more complex logos to really look good (Operation
Red Wings and Fallen Heroes Memorial Run).  If one of you could take some time
to clean them up for me, I'd really appreciate it and owe you a beer or something.

Also, I've included the engraving I am planning on putting on the back of the
plaques.  It's mainly just text and I think it looks ok, but please look it over
and let me know if there's anything I need to do to it.

Thanks again for all of your help.
The only way Stoke width will affect your engraving is if you export as a png. Otherwise it's like zax says, it just follows the path. I usually set my stroke a little thicker than .1 mm because it's hard to see. But I put it back to .1 to see what it will ultimately look like.

If you did decide to export as png you can turn fill on and make some of the items solid. This won't affect a dxf though and will add hours onto your engraving time.

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Trouble Shooting / Re: Laser on and weak all the time
« on: September 12, 2018, 05:44:48 PM »
Have you turned it on full power and checked to be sure you are getting a steady 12 volts to the laser?

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Engraving / Re: Request for Assistance on a Big Project
« on: September 12, 2018, 08:34:54 AM »
also the eps files on that site can be edited with gravit.  it is a web based graffic editor that lets you export to svg and all sorts of thing and is free.

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