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BenCutLaser / Stand alone BCL_VLM updated to 1.8.0 (CLOSED)
« on: January 18, 2017, 06:38:08 PM »
FYI -- the stand alone BCL_VLM which is just the gcode editor and the Virtual Laser Machine (VLM) has been updated to 1.8.0. The download link is in my signature below.

This software sells for $19.95 and is aimed at those users who want a great gcode editor (the best gcode editor for the money) to learn gcode with. I am planning on making a video tutorial on how to use this product and get started learning gcode.

Gearbest / Got the run around from Gearbest
« on: January 17, 2017, 05:13:40 PM »
I was asking Gearbest some questions about their new controller board and I was told to contact person A...person A told me to contact person B...person B told me to contact person C, until I got to person D, who tried to tell me to contact someone else and that's when I just finally gave up.

Apparently, no one in the company knows anything about their controller boards for their laser machines.

LaserAxe / LaserAxe controller board is now Flashable
« on: January 15, 2017, 09:07:17 AM »
The LaserAxe folks have decided to allow their controller boards to work with any 0.9 version of Grbl.

BenCutLaser / Texts Dots Per Inch: 32 (CLOSED)
« on: January 14, 2017, 05:50:19 PM »
As an FYI, I don't think you need more than 32 set for Text Dots Per Inch.

See attachment.

If you're using a number larger than 32, you're probably generating too much gcode that is not needed. Try cutting back to 32 and see how that works.

I've found 32 is a good number for me to laser Text objects.

BenCutLaser / Correction to Shapes test files (RESOLVED)
« on: January 12, 2017, 08:35:15 PM »
Attached is a .zip file of all the shape test files. There were corrections to the inches test files for rounded rectangle.

Please unzip and copy all files into the Shapes folder.

LaserAxe / New Laser Product Announcement: LaserAxe
« on: January 11, 2017, 03:34:21 PM »
Novel Life of would like to announce the release of their newest laser machine called the LaserAxe.

Here is their new website:

The LaserAxe is not using Benbox software, but a different software called CNCC. I do not have any more information about CNCC at this time, but I know many members and guests of this form will have many questions about it. If I get any more information about CNCC I will post it here.

LaserAxe / LaserAxe: LaserAxe DIY Machine
« on: January 11, 2017, 03:32:55 PM »
Coming soon!

BenCutLaser / Quick Start Guide (RESOLVED)
« on: January 10, 2017, 10:28:17 AM »
Today I uploaded a new BCL Quick Start Guide to my Youtube Channel:

General Discussion / MOVED: Differences in filaments and nozzles?
« on: January 10, 2017, 08:04:42 AM »
This topic has been moved to Kits.

Sorry about the move...I did that by mistake...the link above still works however.

Projects / Text engraving on 3/8 thick clear acrylic
« on: January 07, 2017, 05:24:50 PM »
It's still a work in progress, but I wanted to share early proof of concept testing!

I wanted to see if my 1.6 watt laser could engrave Text on 3/8 thick clear acrylic such that I could insert the acrylic plate into a white LED base and light up the text. I'm interested in making award plaques using 6x6 inch acrylic 3/8 thick. The LED strips are 3/8 inches thick.

I'm attaching my first test results. It's just test data to validate if the laser burning will light up at all by the LED white lights...and the answer is Yes indeed it certainly does...!!!

Software used was BCL.

Benbox / MOVED: MOVED: inkscape .dxf
« on: January 02, 2017, 09:39:08 AM »

BenCutLaser / MOVED: inkscape .dxf (RESOLVED)
« on: January 02, 2017, 09:38:17 AM »

BenCutLaser / BCL now working with RAMPS 1.4 and Mega2560 CPU (RESOLVED)
« on: December 26, 2016, 09:17:54 PM »
I'm going to be providing a little more details later on, but I wanted to get this posted this evening.

For the last two weeks I've been working with one of my BCL customers who purchased a 3D printer from Gcreate and then bought a 3.6 watt laser diode from jtechphotonics and mounted the laser head to the Z axis.

His setup contains a RAMPS 1.4 controller with a Mega2560 microprocessor. gCreate did some small modifications to the Marlin Grbl software. Some of the gcode commands that we Benbox users are used to, have been changed on his setup and I've modified BCL to support it. His testing included Z axis testing and I am pleased to report that BCL is now working 100% on his new modified laser machine with a nice Z axis gantry.

He connects at 250,000 baud, which is an odd baud rate, but that is what is needed and that is what works.

More information to follow!

BenCutLaser / Add Text Feature Correction
« on: December 22, 2016, 10:14:09 AM »
Paul reminded me that your MText can be left flushed when you paste it into the text pane of the Fonts Properties dialog window and you can use the Anchor Point field to automatically center multi-line text. In the Add Text video I made, I didn't use that preferred method but instead I was manually centering the text which is not necessary to do.

Please see attachment.

BenCutLaser / Star Wars Fighter
« on: December 21, 2016, 10:23:54 PM »
One of my BCL users made this Star Wars fighter.

See photo attachment.

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