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BenCutLaser / Re: Need help (OPEN)
« on: March 18, 2018, 05:30:39 PM »

I still need steps to recreate your problem. I can't do much more until I get your exact steps to create this bug.

Also, you're still working on all of the drawing objects. We need to reduce this down to the minimum number of drawing objects that still gives us the bug.

George, to answer your question, see attachment. These values Willy may need to change if they are too high. The G-code Text dots per inch are also used for Spline drawing objects. I find 16 works well. Unless you have a lot of PC horse power, you don't need to use more than 16. Larger values produce more g-code, smaller values produce smaller g-code data. I try to match both of these values to 16.

Engraving / Re: Looking for advice
« on: March 18, 2018, 03:58:16 PM »
I also think your resolution setting is too large...0.15 to 0.20 should work fine...

BenCutLaser / Re: Need help (OPEN)
« on: March 18, 2018, 09:22:51 AM »
Yes, his dxf file was created with 2D Spline vector objects...

BenCutLaser / Re: Need help (OPEN)
« on: March 18, 2018, 09:02:05 AM »
They are all Spline drawing objects.

BenCutLaser / Re: Need help (OPEN)
« on: March 18, 2018, 08:19:41 AM »
I need to reproduce this bug in order to fix it.

Using the smallest number of drawing objects possible, can you give me the exact steps to make this happen? Then I can do exactly what you do and have a good chance of reproducing it and then fixing it.

Make sure you are using the latest BCL version.


BenCutLaser / Re: Need help (OPEN)
« on: March 11, 2018, 03:24:04 PM »
I'm not able to reproduce the problem you're seeing.

I have some suggestions however.

1. You have three major drawing objects in your DXF file. I would assign laser tools to one group and then save that to a toolpath file. Laser that group.

2. Load your dxf file again fresh and assign laser tools to another major group. Save the toolpath to a different toolpath file. Laser that group.

3. Repeat with the last group.

Now you can load your dxf file and then choose one of the saved toolpath files and load that in and laser it in the future.

Personally, I would not try to assign laser tools to everything in your dxf file at one time and try to laser them.

The other thing you could do is break your dxf file down into three files. Then load each major drawing group into BCL and assign laser tools, optionally save to a toolpath file (I would) and then laser it.

If you are still having this problem, we'll need to link up our PC's do a screen share session so I can see exactly what steps you are doing. Then maybe I can repro the problem.

Cutting / Re: Not cutting
« on: March 11, 2018, 02:04:46 PM »
You mean your speed is 120? With a 500mw laser I think you're going to need to slow that down. Maybe 50 or 60 on the speed.

George (ggallant571) is right. 500mw is really not powerful enough for cutting. It's more suited to surface engraving type work.

I use a 1.6 watt laser and I have a 2.0 and a 2.5. The more powerful the laser, the larger the beam diameter. I prefer the 1.6 because it has a very small beam dia and thus it cuts nicely. The 2.5 cuts with less passes but has a slightly larger beam diameter.

Post a picture of your controller board so we can see what laser diode might work best for your setup.

Cutting / Re: Not cutting
« on: March 11, 2018, 01:35:15 PM »
At that wattage to cut through 3mm wood, you'll need more than 10 passes. I have a 1.6mw laser and need about 10 passes. You have 3 times less laser power so I'm guessing 16 to 18th passes? Something greater than 10.

Cutting / Re: Not cutting
« on: March 11, 2018, 10:29:23 AM »
What wattage is your laser?

Did you focus your laser beam down to the smallest diameter possible?

BenCutLaser / Re: Technical support BCL and Elesmaker 2.5watt (OPEN)
« on: March 07, 2018, 01:07:42 PM »
Have you gone through the trouble shooting tips? .NET 4.5 is now needed.,861.0.html

I'd also uninstall BCL and re-install it again. The error message makes no sense where it is hanging up from.

BenCutLaser / Re: Technical support BCL and Elesmaker 2.5watt
« on: March 06, 2018, 04:37:11 PM »
What BCL version?

What OS?

What drive did you install on?

Can you copy all the text in the first error dialog window and attach it as a file?

General Discussion / Re: Lightburn
« on: March 03, 2018, 11:24:33 AM »
Wow, sorry to hear your K40 went up in smoke!

BenCutLaser / Re: BCL program hangs (CLOSED)
« on: March 03, 2018, 09:08:40 AM »
That is correct. You cannot track the running program...for the following reasons:

1. It takes time for the CPU to update the g-code window and refresh that component. BCL focuses all of it's available CPU cycles to sending g-code and receiving messages back from the controller board.

2. The g-code window is a poor way to 'track' your laser job. You need to watch and monitor your laser machine as it does it's burning. That's how you should be tracking your job.

The g-code get's displayed in the window just to show you what has been generated, but not for the purpose of 'following' the job.

General Discussion / Re: Manual Z-axis
« on: March 02, 2018, 12:23:05 PM »
I ended up using my 3D Printer frame for my laser machine. It has a very robust Z axis design. Two Z stepper motors.

I designed and refined BCL's Z axis support using this setup and it works great.

I would say the work area could be bigger and you'd have to build your own frame size. But it's very doable as all you need to do is use the same frame parts but longer in size.

Benbox / Re: software
« on: February 27, 2018, 02:16:16 PM »
I agree with @Zax.

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