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Spare Parts Sources / Re: software
« on: January 02, 2017, 09:06:46 PM »
Welcome to the forum...!!!

I think it depends on which programs?

T2 Laser and BCL (I think) need slightly different Grbl firmware settings. However, with BCL, can set all the needed Grbl settings with one mouse click, so it's pretty easy to re-configure your controller for BCL use.

Both programs can use the same Grbl version which is 1.1e so you won't have to re-flash (not that flashing is that hard or takes that long).

I can't speak for other software, so perhaps you can confirm which software programs you have in mind to run on one PC?

Laser Modules / Re: Laser Diode Drivers
« on: January 02, 2017, 05:50:26 PM »
Welcome Mark...!!!

Laser Modules / Re: Laser module 12V can it run PWM
« on: January 02, 2017, 05:49:36 PM »
Welcome to the forum John...!!!

BenCutLaser / Re: Makeblock - Laserbot (OPEN)
« on: January 02, 2017, 05:42:49 PM »
I tried to google for information on the firmware they are using but I could not find anything on it.

Are you able to export the gcode it produces?

This is a very different platform as I see they are using a MegaPi controller board, with a Mega2560 that what your system has?

Here is their technical spec page for this controller:

But I still cannot find anything about what firmware they are using.

General Discussion / Re: Finally assembled my 2500 mw Laser
« on: January 02, 2017, 05:18:59 PM »
Thanks for the payment Phil.

Yes, you can flash 1.1e anytime...its very quick to do and easy to do once you've done it the first just have to follow the steps EXACTLY as I have them listed in the Setup tab inside BCL.

General Discussion / Re: Finally assembled my 2500 mw Laser
« on: January 02, 2017, 05:09:17 PM »
BCL will also work with 1.1e so you can flash that to your controller board and then try out both programs!

General Discussion / Re: Finally assembled my 2500 mw Laser
« on: January 02, 2017, 04:18:55 PM »
Flashing instructions:,657.0.html

The flashing steps are also contained inside BCL on the setup tab. Please follow the steps EXACTLY in the order listed. I recommend using BCL to do the flash...use 0.9i's already loaded in the textbox so you're good to go with it.

General Discussion / Re: Finally assembled my 2500 mw Laser
« on: January 02, 2017, 03:28:24 PM »
> I have downloaded the trial version of BCL what is the best way to proceed?

This link is a good way to setup for using BCL:,861.0.html

BenCutLaser (BCL) is for cutting out of parts such as you are doing, so I think its a good fit. However, you probably should still read up on T2 Laser as while that is mainly for engraving, it will also do cutting.

All the mods needed to use BCL are reversible if you want to go back to using the factory Benbox software.

BenCutLaser / Re: Reversal of line crashes BCL
« on: January 02, 2017, 12:03:04 PM »
Good news...thanks Bert...!!!

BenCutLaser / Re: inkscape .dxf
« on: January 02, 2017, 11:58:13 AM »
I loaded the file into QCAD and checked the Units of Measurement and you had 'None' set. That was one problem. However, I did not manually set a Units of Measurement as BCL can do that now for you.

I did a file save as so it would save correctly under QCAD as a newer version dxf file and it did. This is the main issue for you: when you run into this problem, just open the file in a CAD program and do a save as and that should fix it (as it did here with me).

Now I loaded it into BCL and it got past the year 2000 check and it then presented the no units of measurement dialog window. I clicked set to MM and BCL saved the file and proceeded to load the file.

I'm attaching the updated version for you.

See attachments.

Now as for all those lines, these are going to give you lots of work in creating toolpaths because they are not all pointed in the same direction. So you will have to Reverse many of them so you can cut them correctly.

You should *really* make these Polylines and you should look at a CAD program to try and convert as many of the box shape lines into Polylines. Much more efficient and much easier and much faster to create toolpaths!

BenCutLaser / Re: inkscape .dxf
« on: January 02, 2017, 09:40:31 AM »
Welcome to the forum @Colka...!!!

Can you please post your dxf file so I can have a look at it.


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 »

Engraving / Re: laser cutting out
« on: January 02, 2017, 09:37:24 AM »
Welcome to the forum Stuart...!!!

BenCutLaser / Re: Reversal of line crashes BCL
« on: January 02, 2017, 09:36:13 AM »
I emailed you a link with the new build that I hope will fix this for you Bert.

Please let me know.

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