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BenCutLaser / Engraving Beta Test Thread (OPEN)
« on: August 01, 2017, 09:00:15 AM »
Beta testers can post their questions, comments and suggestions into this thread for Paul and me to track.

BenCutLaser / Engraving Users Manual (INFO)
« on: July 30, 2017, 09:44:54 AM »
FYI -- I'm starting to write the BCL 2.0 Engraving Users Manual.

I've decided to put this on the menu system on the website.

BenCutLaser / CO2 controller boards supported (INFO)
« on: July 25, 2017, 02:09:11 PM »
BCL now supports the following CO2 controller boards:

1. RAMPS 1.4
2. Smoothie
3. Cohesion3D Mini

Cohesion (CO2) / BenCutLaser now supports this board
« on: July 25, 2017, 02:06:04 PM »
BenCutLaser now supports this board.

Smoothie (CO2) / BenCutLaser now supports this board
« on: July 25, 2017, 02:05:32 PM »
BenCutLaser now supports this board.

General Discussion / MOVED: New software Laser Grbl
« on: June 30, 2017, 04:45:22 PM »

BenCutLaser / Image Engraving Status (INFO)
« on: June 28, 2017, 08:21:29 PM »
Paul and I are continuing to refine our image engraving work flow process. Adding photo/image engraving to BCL has been a long (three + months) and difficult journey.

The challenge is to bring world class photo engraving to low powered laser machines. Not an easy task at all. But I think we're now about 80% finished with it.

We wanted to work on engraving the absolute worst kind of wood. This would be Plywood. Any plywood is horrible to try and engrave an image or a photo on. Everything about using this kind of wood is bad...really bad!! Therefore, this was our target wood to test, debug and refine Paul's code on until we were happy with the results.

I'm happy to report that we've achieved great results on this kind of wood. Perhaps you could even say outstanding results.

So now we're focusing on refining the process of configuring a laser tool for a specific type of wood and refining the photo preview such that what you see in the preview, is what you get on your wood material.

Attached is a test photo burn I'm working on this evening.

A3 Large Size Frames / MOVED: SiXYLaser
« on: June 13, 2017, 09:38:35 PM »

BenCutLaser / BCL 1.8.6a through m Release (INFO)
« on: June 11, 2017, 08:53:32 PM »
I'm making BCL 1.8.5c Beta release available to a few users.

Please email me if you wish to help test this release. And please understand I am limiting this release to a certain max number of users due to support time that I have. This means if you email me and ask to test 1.8.5 I may tell you I have all the Beta testers I can support and cannot support any more. I am still working hard with Paul on getting image engraving finished and pushed out soon. There is only so much of me to go around!

1.8.5 contains some important bug fixes over the current 1.8.4a release and many GUI enhancements.

Attached are some screen shots of some of the important sections in BCL that have been changed.


This release has a change to the tool path file structure so none of your existing tool path files will load as they do now in 1.8.4a. This change was needed to support image engraving which is still under development and will be released in ver 2.0. This is not the 2.0 release.

Also, once you install 1.8.5 and run it, you cannot go back to 1.8.4a so make sure you understand that.

Gantry Systems / MOVED: SiXYLaser
« on: June 10, 2017, 08:39:57 PM »

What Can Be Cut? / Cutting Exotic Woods
« on: June 09, 2017, 07:11:53 AM »
One of my BCL users makes custom guitars and was kind enough to send me scrap woods that he uses to make them. He asked me to see which woods I could cut.

Attached are the photos of my results. I engraved the wood name on each piece.

I used a 1.6 watt laser diode.


1. Sitka Spruce was about 3mm thick and I could cut all the way through.
2. Birdseye Maple was about 3mm thick and I could cut all the way through.
3. Poplar was about 9mm and was too thick to cut on my main laser machine which has no Z axis.
4. African Blackwood was about 2mm and charred really bad when trying to cut it. I had to abort the cut attempt.
5. Ebony was about 9mm and charred really bad when trying to cut it. Cut aborted.
6. Basswood was about 9mm and too thick to cut.
7. Indian Rosewood was about 2mm and charred really bad when trying to cut it. Cut aborted.
8. Brazllian Rosewood was about 2mm and charred really bad when trying to cut it. Cut aborted.
9. Mahogany was about 5mm and charred really bad when trying to cut it. Cut aborted.

Last photo shows the laser tools I created in their own folder for these tests.

Note: I mis-spelled one of the should have been Birdseye Maple.

The forum has survived an DOS attack coming from China! We were down for a bit, but are now back up and running normally.

DOS == Denial of Service

Smoothie controller board / Smoothie board 12VDC wiring
« on: May 31, 2017, 12:13:45 PM »
Attached is what my 12VDC wiring looks like going to my Smoothie board.

There are 5 driver ports to connect to your stepper motors: M1 through M5.

The X axis is M1.

The Y axis is M2.

The Z axis, if you have one, is M3.

Please post any info in this section.

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