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I have released two advanced BenCutLaser video tutorials on Toolpaths and reading the Gcode Generation window (at a high level).

They are now up on my Youtube Channel:

General Discussion / Visitors in July 2016
« on: July 28, 2016, 07:56:16 PM »
See screen shot.

General Discussion / Passed 600+ registered users this week!
« on: July 28, 2016, 07:44:03 PM »
Just an FYI -- we passed the 600 mark for registered users this week...!!!

BenCutLaser / How to verify you're running Grbl 0.9i
« on: July 25, 2016, 07:10:32 PM »
My beta testers are asking me how do you determine that BCL is running Grbl 0.9i on the laser controller board?

Simply start up BCL and connect to your laser machine. You'll see the welcome msg and the Grbl version info:

BenCutLaser (c) 2016 All Rights Reserved
Beta Version 0.9.2
Developed by Ralph Freshour

Connected to COM3 @ 115200 baud

Grbl 0.9i ['$' for help]

Spare Parts Sources / Looking for another power supply
« on: July 21, 2016, 11:50:38 AM »
I'm looking for another power supply, as shown in the attachment.

Anyone know who carries this kind?


CAD Software / 2D CAD Software List
« on: July 17, 2016, 01:48:19 PM »
In no particular order, these are free or low cost 2D CAD programs.

Please PM me with additional names and I will edit this list and keep it up to date.

DoubleCAD XT 5

Convert2DXF / RC Modelers
« on: July 11, 2016, 03:49:29 PM »
I'd like to have a look at what kinds of .dxf drawings you RC Modellers create.

I want to make sure BenCutLaser (BCL) can support your drawing types so that you will be able to cut out ribs, rudders, flaps and other parts.

BTW as many can see from my Youtube Channel, I am also a big Microsoft Flight Simulator user and have made a lot of high quality B-737NG training videos.

You can email me the drawings and I will do nothing else with them except make sure that BCL can support them.


General Discussion / 500th Member!!
« on: July 08, 2016, 10:58:39 AM »
We just got our 500th registered member today!!!

General Discussion / New Milestone Reached
« on: June 17, 2016, 01:13:46 PM »
I'm happy to report that we just passed our 400th registered user...!!!

General Discussion / Busy Workshop
« on: May 17, 2016, 09:56:55 PM »
 :) Been a busy evening here in the workshop -- got the 3D printer cranking out laser machine parts in the foreground and I'm working on BenCutLaser on the far end of the workbench...!!!

Laser Accessories / EZ On/OFF Laser Head Mount
« on: May 12, 2016, 05:55:54 PM »
I've sold some of these EZ On/Off Laser Head mounts and my customers have asked how do I get the three M3 nuts on the back held in place? There isn't much room at all, which was why I designed this mount in the first place, so the laser head could be easily removed if needed. The X carriage bracket mounts with three M3 nuts (provided) and then the laser head mounts onto that with its two laser head brackets.

So how do I get those M3 nuts down behind the thick clear acrylic plate and hold them so I can tighten the M3 screws?

See first photo attached...I realize not everyone is going to have an M3 open end wrench laying around, but this is what I use...the nut will stay in the wrench and I can slide the wrench down behind the clear acrylic plate and then using my M3 screw driver tip, turn the screw and catch the nut and then tighten it down. Thank goodness you only have to mount his bracket only one time!

The second photo shows how the two laser brackets are screwed into the x carriage bracket using 4 M3 screws. This is how you can easily remove the laser head when needed.

Please note this is my own laser machine and the X carriage bracket (that mounts to the clear acrylic plate) is my prototype bracket so its finish isn't up to my normal 3D printer production standards...those parts have a much better finish.

BenCutLaser / Video Tutorials
« on: May 10, 2016, 08:23:19 AM »
I am starting to make video tutorials on BenCutLaser software. I will be posting links to them here. Check back for new links as I will upload them to my Youtube Channel Playlist: BenCutLaser as I make them.

Video Tutorial #1

Video Tutorial #2 Coming soon!

Buy and Sell / Please Read First!
« on: April 26, 2016, 08:36:25 PM »
A member suggested that we have a Buy and Sell board. I agreed and have now created one.

The understanding of using this specific board is that the buyer and seller are responsible for the out come of the sale. As the Administrator, I am not responsible for what two members do in regards to buying, selling or trading items. If you have a good experience, please post so others may know who you dealt with. If you have a bad experience, post that too so everyone will know who to stay away from.  Have fun!

BenCutLaser / What is BenCutLaser?
« on: April 20, 2016, 08:35:06 AM »
What is BenCutLaser you might be asking yourself? BenCutLaser is my effort (I am the Admin here at at writing laser cutting software as a CAM application...designed specifically for our low power laser machines. This is something that does not currently exist. Not many people are interested in developing a CAM program that addresses the unique requirements of our machines. So, I have decided to write it myself.

So, BenCutLaser is a CAM software that will give you the capability to create toolpaths and then generate gcode to cut and engrave (line burns) materials such as 3mm wood and 3mm acrylic. This is very different software from what @Zax has developed in his T2 software. T2 is designed for photo and image engraving. BenCutLaser is being designed for making cuts and surface line engravings (what I call line burns) on parts that you have designed using your CAD software.

You can follow my development progress on this website (I have not yet had time to put up this website so please stay tuned for it).

Since this website has a question/answer forum, you can post questions and comments in this board. You can also PM here if you wish.

Let the fun begin!

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