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General Discussion / Re: 5.5 watt LASERHEAD.
« on: March 04, 2016, 08:36:17 AM »
Have you tried to contact Banggood to see what they have to say about the short wire and where to connect it?

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Benbox / Re: Benbox GCodes
« on: March 03, 2016, 01:23:55 PM »
G90 should be usable as I use G91.

You will learn that there are two modes to operate your laser in

1. The Benbox/Banggood factory way which requires you to use the factory software which is engraving only.

or

2. You can flash your controller board microprocessor (the Ardunio Nano) with new firmware from gitHub and operate your laser machine with other software. There is a mod you have to do in order to get the controller board into this #2 mode.

So, you'll read the posts on this site and learn more about these two modes. But start off with the factory software and learn how to use your new laser that way. Then later on you can decide if you want to try the other #2 mode.

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General Discussion / Re: Hello
« on: March 03, 2016, 01:18:25 PM »
Welcome @Bansil

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General Discussion / Re: 5.5 watt LASERHEAD.
« on: March 03, 2016, 11:15:17 AM »
I don't know where @Ross bought his 5.5w laser from, but I've seen them on Ebay without the circuit board on the top. I'm wondering if his laser is compatible with the Benbox factory software?

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Other Software / Re: Sender software list, with links
« on: March 03, 2016, 11:13:28 AM »
No, I don't have time to write my own, and since my goal is to have a good interface for the engraving, with resize, preview, laser power selection etc., probably it's beyond my skills.

Any suggestion?

So, to be clear, you're not happy with the Benbox factory software for engraving? Is that correct?

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Other Software / Re: Sender software list, with links
« on: March 03, 2016, 08:04:52 AM »
@Zax,

Here is my Excel file I made with the gcodes that I captured using a USB port sniffer application.

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Other Software / Re: Sender software list, with links
« on: March 02, 2016, 06:56:05 PM »
@Zax -- Yes I saved the gcode between the Benbox and the controller and I would be happy to post them, however, I don't know what value the codes would have?

When using the Benbox firmware (as you know), you can't control the laser power at all and therefore, you really are stuck with using the Benbox software as-is. Because of that fact, what would you do with the gcode words?

You have far more flexibility when you use the PWM mod you mentioned on this board. This now opens up your laser machine to a lot more software, both open source and payware.

Let me know if you still want me to post the Benbox gcodes and I will.

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General Discussion / Re: A good Mail day
« on: March 02, 2016, 08:50:03 AM »
I found the same as you did.  When focussed it punched a dot about the size of the head of a pin in the wooden baseboard......

Someone said the 5.5 watt  beam was top hat shaped when it was focussed... more a block with a wider kerf.  I found I could get it to a very small spot.  Not cut anything so cannot say how big a kerf it makes......

 It certainly needs something to use to focus better than twiddling the lens ring with fingers as it is a bit awkward in my estimation to focus with accuracy and ease ...being so close to the mount.

My exact same thoughts too. That's why one of my many projects is to make my own focusing ring. A couple of months ago I purchased the focusing ring offered by the Emblaser folks. But when it arrived I was disappointed in that I thought it was too soft and it just didn't seem like it would work well.

For the present time, I am using the finger pinchers off of those large metal clamps...if you get the right size clamp, you can open up the rods and slip it over the focus knob and then release it. It will hold and you can focus it that way. I ended up using only the front rod as I can't use the back one (no room).

However, in time, the metal rod loses its grip so its not a long term solution.

I also have a 3D printer now and I am in the process of designing a nice 3D printed design. I'm not finished with the design yet but I think the one I am working on will work fine. I gave it a lot of thought and figured out that I wanted something like a gear tooth design that would make it really easy for my fingers to grab on to and move the ring. I'm going to put some references on the top surface so I can make a note of the settings for various thicknesses of materials.

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Other Software / Re: Sender software list, with links
« on: March 02, 2016, 08:30:35 AM »
We will have to also have two major columns:
One for the Benbox firmware loaded onto the controller board and one for the gitHub Grbl firmware (open source) loaded since these laser machines can be operated in two very different modes.

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General Discussion / Re: 5.5 watt LASERHEAD.
« on: March 02, 2016, 08:26:57 AM »
Very interesting laser head @Ross. Where did you buy it from? Banggood? Ebay?

We're all anxious to hear how it does and to read your report!

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General Discussion / Re: A good Mail day
« on: March 02, 2016, 08:19:54 AM »
@Ross Please me us know what the 5.5 watt beam looks like...how small it is, is it a circle beam or a rectangle beam.

My 2.5 watt beam (as seen on the board surface) is a circle (dot) when it is focused...but when it is not focused, instead of being a slightly larger circle pattern, it a rectangle pattern. I'm interested to know if the 5.5 is different or the same in that respect?

Thanks...

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General Discussion / Re: A good Mail day
« on: March 01, 2016, 07:16:37 AM »
Is it a 5 watt or 5.5 watt laser diode? I've never heard of a 5 watt laser being available...?

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Universal Gcode Sender / Re: Mac user
« on: February 29, 2016, 09:45:20 AM »
>A  GRBL section and a standard Benbox section

@Ross we do have a "Grbl Controller" section...in the Software board. That's where all the Grbl related info should go.

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What Can Be Cut? / Re: Materials that I can cut
« on: February 28, 2016, 07:43:39 AM »
The acrylic did not have any coating of paper on it...it was just the plastic surface that I cut.

I would say the 6.3mm Balsa was 'soft'. Cutting it was quite easy, quick and clean around the edges.

The 4.7mm was what I would call a 'medium' hardness Balsa and I could not cut it using 6 passes. I could use more passes but the cut lines were already getting wide and burnt, so by the time I could have cut through it with, say, 9 passes, it would have have been a pretty cut.

The 2.3mm was a 'medium' hardness too and although it took 5 passes to cut, the cut lines were still looking good on the surface after 5 passes.

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General Discussion / Re: FUME/DUST EXTRACTION
« on: February 27, 2016, 07:55:35 PM »
Very nice setup...!!!

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