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Trouble Shooting / Re: CH340 USB driver not working
« on: January 19, 2017, 10:10:34 AM »
Hi Matt,

Yes, that Nano looks fine...I don't see 'SainSmart' stamped anywhere on it and it does not have the round reset button...so you should be fine with that one.

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Trouble Shooting / Re: CH340 USB driver not working
« on: January 18, 2017, 10:07:55 PM »
Yes, that is correct George...

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Laser Accessories / Re: A Better Belt Anchor
« on: January 18, 2017, 08:51:15 PM »
Please check your email  :)

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Trouble Shooting / Re: CH340 USB driver not working
« on: January 18, 2017, 08:46:42 PM »
Does your Nano board have the name SainSmart on it? If it does, swap it out for another Nano made by another company. SainSmart Nano's will not work.

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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.

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Laser Accessories / Re: A Better Belt Anchor
« on: January 18, 2017, 04:54:16 PM »
@robertch

>yes please i don't have any other real options for sourcing some here and they look quite good.

The shipping cost to Australia would be $30.00 + $20.00 for the belt anchors themselves: $50.00 total. I'm sorry the shipping cost is so high.

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Engraving / Re: Tuning engravings
« on: January 18, 2017, 01:55:39 PM »
Belts should allow 'about' 1/4 inch of give when you push in on the belt with your finger near the stepper pulley.

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General Discussion / Re: Rails ?
« on: January 18, 2017, 01:50:07 PM »
They are the same frames...just different companies call them different names. I'm more used to the name T-slot but the site I linked to happens to call them V-slot.

What's important is how tall or high do you want the frame to be? The 20x20mm frame is the basic 'square' frames. If you need more strength/less frame 'bending', then you might want to go with a 20x40 'double' size. They make a triple for even more strength (20x60) and even make a quad. Just depends on how much resistance to flex you need.

See my attachments. You'll get the idea.

All the belts I've ever bought have worked with my two laser machine frames. I think the belts are a standard width...you'll just need to make sure what you buy is long enough for your design.


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General Discussion / Re: RAMPS boards with laser cutters.
« on: January 18, 2017, 01:15:14 PM »
Thanks for that information Bill. Great stuff.

My main interest in the RAMPS 1.4/Mega2560 setup with Marlin firmware, is to support my BCL users. Since I've already made the needed mods to BCL to work with this configuration, I guess if I were to do it on my own laser machine, I'd use the same setup.

However, having a 3D Printer from FolgerTech, I'm very impressed by their Z axis construction...very beefy...this printer uses the RAMPS 1.4/Mega2560 combination and I'm sure Marlin. Someday, I'd like to buy this same 3D Printer kit without the hot bed and without the Extruder and try and turn it into a laser machine with a nice, bult-in Z axis. Obviously I'd want to connect my BCL software to it and use it.

I still have to figure out how I'm going to modify the table to work as a laser work area.

Here is the frame:
https://folgertech.com/products/folger-tech-reprap-prusa-i3-clear-frame-full-3d-printer-kit-ramps-gt2

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General Discussion / Re: Closed loop Nema17
« on: January 18, 2017, 10:48:58 AM »
I have a couple of users running BCL on a RAMPS 1.4/Marlin firmware setup. All I needed to do was to add some gcode words in BCL Setup to allow changing power from S gcode word to P and change the M3 and M5 gcode words to something else. They got the updated BCL and made the changes in Setup and was then able to use BCL to send gcode to their laser machines!

I don't know anything about the SD card issue with Marlin, but if the firmware supports it, then yes, you should be able to do that and easily.

BTW my 3D Printer uses a RAMPS 1.4 board and I love it...and I'd much prefer using a RAMPS 1.4/Mega2560 on my laser machine...maybe someday I will just add the board, connect the wires, flash the firmware with Grbl 1.1e and then just use it!!!

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Laser Accessories / Re: A Better Belt Anchor
« on: January 18, 2017, 10:42:33 AM »
Another set of Belt Anchors being mailed out today!!

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Gearbest / Re: Got the run around from Gearbest
« on: January 18, 2017, 09:59:59 AM »
I got yet another person who contacted me this morning about my communications with them...English isn't their strong suit...he was going on and on about something on Youtube related to Gearbest and me joining one of their programs...completely unrelated to my question.

I guess the lesson here is this: if anyone is thinking about buying a laser machine from these folks, don't expect any support that will make sense. Fortunately however, you can get (English) support from this forum  :)

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Cutting / Re: Laser speed
« on: January 17, 2017, 10:17:15 PM »
Where can I find the tool for changing the cutting & travel speed

What software?

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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.

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