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General Discussion / SVG files
« on: February 15, 2017, 12:54:27 PM »
I have noticed this reference the last few days going through project area

Does this mean I can use the couple hundred .SVG I have saved from my vinyl plotter?

Sure Cuts A Lot Pro uses these

Just had 2+2 equal 4  :o  ;D

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Projects / Re: My shop logo.
« on: February 14, 2017, 09:36:10 AM »
Very good idea!  ;)

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Projects / Re: Text engraving on 3/8 thick clear acrylic
« on: February 14, 2017, 05:56:14 AM »
I have some 6" medium tack transfer tape I use for vinyl graphics/stickers.
Will this work? I may try some it comes in lots of different widths

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Projects / Finally a first project!
« on: February 14, 2017, 04:50:27 AM »
So almost a year ago I posted this Thread
http://benboxlaser.us/index.php?topic=40.0

and now I finally have one  ;D

After messing with laser for a day I had results like this



So it was on to my first project  ;) (lots of blurry pictures I will try to take more and replace these)

This tabletop is about 30 years old and looked like it, water stains, chipped brown stain etc, Friday I said it is ugly and I sanded the old finish off and decided to use the laser to "enhance" it

It's not fancy, I used a lot of stock pictures

Okay,
I grew up reading adventure stories and watching movies about treasure hunting and exploring far away continents...it was daring and romantic in a way

This table is my Journal and is covered with sketches from our Journey

We start are adventure here; every adventurer needs a compass to point the way



A basic world map is needed to plan our adventure


Are first stop was Paris



along the way we lost are sister ship to a kraken!!



next stop was to a cave structure deep in the snow covered mountains



where we searched for an ancient map of the amazon that led to great treasure, sadly the caves were empty  :(

we spent a week digging in Greece



Food and wine were great but we were getting low on funds and needed to find treasure

So we left the Mediterranean and

 Our journey continued to Africa as we landed in Cairo



We found a crew and set off on the Nile



We passed the Great pyramids after a few weeks on the river



While searching the Pyramids we found this old map



and we set sail for the Amazon jungle, 2 weeks into the trip we saw many mighty sea creatures, that tried to eat our ships



As we approached the coast we saw "skull mountain" which was on the old map we found!!!



We headed deep into the jungles and found many great pyramids



and many stories of fabulous creatures in the night



after the Dr. deciphered this great wall in the tomb



we found this old treasure map



apparently Volcanoes and adventure really go hand in hand as we saw many on our trek up to the coast



we passed many a crew of various pirates along the way



our adventure continues as we search for long lost relics and treasures



Hardest part was all the different woods arranged in a butcher block, and setting laser up so I could cut where I wanted

I used a couple quick clamps and scrap wood















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T2 Engraving / G code question
« on: January 27, 2017, 03:19:05 PM »
I am getting ready to upgrade my trial T2 to full version

I noticed it reverts to G90 and uses machine home as a reference to cut

Is there an option to use G92 for a quick visual start point?

Is there a way to save positions via say G74 and use G77 to get there?

Or

G54->G59 for stored positions

Since I have it working now, I am looking forward to using setup boards

Thanks

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So last year I gave up on laser because I could not turn power down and with the 5.5w it would just burn through wood and set everything on fire  :o ;D

So after screwing around with farm stuff, I am back at it and find out that a "fix" is there, namely changing the pin on controller to allow laser adjustment...woo..woop

Last week or so I have been screwing around trying to upload firmware and stuff, no luck at all

biggest issue was the computer was not finding the laser and or com port after moving pin, I could move it back and it picked it up  :o

I took the controller to work to fiddle with it in spare time, no problems T2 and firmware good to go, come home and nothing  >:(

I had T2 running and G-code written, no connection to laser

This morning it dawned on me!! only 1 difference between work and home...the usb cable, yup, I was using and extension that was known to be good, I swapped it out and hit connect and walla!!! grbl 1.1 is ready and connected to port 9, hit send and laser, smoke and no fire!!!

Garfield cut on power of 100 on cheap pine, 25 shows real good on cheap pine

This cord has this "filter" on it, and it caused all my grief



No only problem is the 30 min, timeout for trial version  ::) so off to buy real one because I can't learn this when I keep having to start over and the line limit, isnt letting me play...so off to paypal

THANK YOU TO ZAX and SITE STAFF FOR ALL THE WORK

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T2 Engraving / Re: Banging head against wall....
« on: January 27, 2017, 12:33:53 PM »


3am, screwing off at work (thank god I own the company), and reading about "Laser Beams".  Im hooked...

-Damn Hippie
;D

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General Discussion / Re: Can not change laser power level 5.5w
« on: January 18, 2017, 08:19:33 AM »
The support is amazing, thank you staff

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General Discussion / Re: Can not change laser power level 5.5w
« on: January 18, 2017, 07:32:43 AM »
Just found this and it links back to here!
http://bencutlaser.us/pwm-modification/
and
http://benboxlaser.us/index.php/topic,657.0.html

also need this it looks like
http://benboxlaser.us/index.php/topic,614.0.html
this may be it, I will read it all later, none of this was handy back last year

Is this what I am needing to do?


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General Discussion / Can not change laser power level 5.5w
« on: January 18, 2017, 06:38:12 AM »
Hello, it has been almost a year since last posting about my 5.5w 30 x 40 DIY table kit from Banggood

I got it moving etc fine last year, the problem was no control of laser output, so I set it aside while I did the farming thing (no time)

This past weekend, we were at a winery and lasers got brought up (his wife had a neat necklace of wood) and we had same machine ect, I told him what my problem was and he said this:

I had same problem, and had to unsolder the ---- and move a dip switch, and then resolder ---- back on, download a new version of benbox and it works great now

setting 0 does not allow changes and 1 does allow changes

Does this sound right? if so any leads to changes? I have no idea what to search for

Thank you

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General Discussion / Re: Hello
« on: March 11, 2016, 05:25:57 AM »
Okay played some more last night

320 is a good number, apparently the bmp I grabbed had a 1-1/2 inch white border around it (that was camouflaged)



I even tried to engrave this trying different settings, input number, save and at 1 it was still full power

I read that benbox only turns laser on/off and doesn't regulate power, if that is true this is useless as an engraver with stock software

result was this .070+ deep and burnt and this was running at a speed of 1800, at 500 I bet it would burn through that cheap ole pin scrap


so I played around with the "outline" button and 1 pass marked paper nicely no fire etc, hit again and it cut through the paper nice and clean, I even did circles etc

so at that power level "outline mode" I could easily use this

everything in picture was done with "outline mode power'


How do I turn power down so it's usable" I was hoping to learn on this software and then change to GRBL and run G-code

Thanks


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General Discussion / Re: Hello
« on: March 10, 2016, 07:46:53 AM »
so it works with continuous mode good, had to loosen belt tension and need to fine tune the rollers etc, happy

so I set the "size" at 320 and picked a test picture that was 172.6 mm wide per scale on Benbox, that should of been close to 6.795 inches

it was more like 9.25 inches actual cut, do I need to just adjust this to my setup?

I hope to actually get some engraving done this weekend for practice

thanks

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Other Software / Re: T2Laser Software
« on: March 08, 2016, 06:53:09 AM »
IN

I am curious! and can not be influenced by other programs (because I do not know how to use them)  :P

Let me know if you need help from the guy holding the ladder  ;D

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General Discussion / Re: Hello
« on: March 08, 2016, 05:58:58 AM »
also I am sure the glue and particle board under the laminate didn't help it NOT burn, it was a pc of scrap laying around in room  ;D

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General Discussion / Re: Hello
« on: March 08, 2016, 05:57:45 AM »
engrave,

I went to the software buttons thread and it looks like default is "discrete" so I will try the "continuous" mode (also read all the descriptions)

thank you for all help on the site, excellent resource

Speed has a factor of 500 what is that in relation to? and what would be fast?

like I said the "speed rates" I noted above incorrectly as feed rates, so if I put in speed 2000 what is that in relation to speed 500? (? 4x faster?)

Why didnt me putting bigger numbers in and hitting blue check box to save, affect the cutting? because it was pausing with the discrete function?

SO if I put in a time of 1 it will pause shorter and less likely to burn (makes perfect sense)

Can I put a - factor for speed?

Sorry for so many questions

For me I thought feed rate was with laser on and speed was for rapid move (appears I was wrong with that)

This is me trying to figure out metric system after 23 years of using "american system and G-codes and relations of factors compared to each other feeds,speeds chip loads etc)  :o

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