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General Discussion / New laser machine
« on: September 13, 2017, 07:34:16 AM »
About $400.00 depending on options.

Their controller board is a Smoothie board.

BenCutLaser / BCL 2.3 Engaving is released (CLOSED)
« on: September 02, 2017, 10:37:12 AM »
I am releasing BCL 2.3 which contains the engraving features.

I want to thank all of the beta testers who helped me and Paul to test BCL engraving features.

Because of the additional work it took to bring world class engraving to BCL, Paul and I feel a price increase to $49.95 is warranted. So, as of 09/01/2017 the price for BCL will be $49.95.

Anyone who installs 2.3 will have to re-create their tool paths. Due to tool path structural changes needed to support engraving, you cannot load in any previous tool path files. Sorry for this inconvenience.

General Discussion / MOVED: software workflow?
« on: September 01, 2017, 08:16:49 AM »

4 / MOVED: Mini CNC
« on: August 24, 2017, 09:12:20 AM »

BenCutLaser / Engraving Beta Test Thread (CLOSED)
« 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 »

Other Software / MOVED: LaserGRBL (gcode sender + image engraving)
« on: June 30, 2017, 04:44:24 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 »

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