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BenCutLaser / Re: Bug in BCL 2.3a ? (OPEN)
« on: September 11, 2017, 08:09:28 AM »
The Add Image link should not have been enabled without first loading a dxf file (probably via the New link in the sub-DXF tab right there.

Create a new dxf file first and then you can load the image.

I have fixed this Add Image (and Text) link in my current build and it will be in the next release 2.4.

The work around until then is to make sure you have a dxf file loaded first.

BenCutLaser / Re: Bug in BCL 2.3a ? (OPEN)
« on: September 09, 2017, 07:30:03 PM »
(1) Can you post the dxf file?

(2) Can you give me the steps to recreate?

Grbl Controller / Re: G-code Simulator
« on: September 09, 2017, 07:45:24 AM »
Same for BCL.

BCL has an intelligent g-code editor and silmulator  that can help you create Arcs and Circles. You start entering the G2/G3 command and BCL's g-code editor will complete the arc and visually show you what you've got so you adjust the arc the simulator will show you how it will look.

See attachment.

BenCutLaser / Re: BCL 2.3 Engaving is released
« on: September 06, 2017, 09:52:35 AM »
Thanks Mark, most of the hard work was done by Paul.

BenCutLaser / Re: Engraving Beta Test Thread (OPEN)
« on: September 05, 2017, 09:15:58 AM »
I checked and when I added a Text drawing object, it did save it into the new dxf file I created, automatically.

I'd like some opinions on whether this current automatic Text object save to the dxf file should be removed?

BenCutLaser / Re: Wrong misure on laser...
« on: September 04, 2017, 07:28:36 AM »
Please post your dxf file so I can have a look at it.

BenCutLaser / Re: Latest Download 2.3 a
« on: September 03, 2017, 11:42:46 AM »
Download the latest BCL version here:

Important: While you can change the drive BCL is installed on, the folder name (BenCutLaser) must not be changed!

2.3 a

Release 2.3 a

Engraving feature is released.

New price is $49.95.

Release 1.8.6 m

Internationalization bug fix.

Release 1.8.6 k

Important DXF file bug fix.

Release 1.8.6 j

Important internationalization updates.

Release 1.8.6 i

Image engraving code added.

Some code clean up.

Release 1.8.6 h

Laser tool folder bug fix.

Release 1.8.6 d

Updated g-code generation engine bug fix.

Splines g-code bug fix.

Release 1.8.6 a

Many enhancements have been made and several important bug fixes have been made. Everyone needs to start moving towards this release!

This post shows you what the new changes are:,2218.0.html

Release 1.8.4 a

1. The LaserBot laser machine from MakeBlock is now supported.

2. There is a new Controller Board selection in Setup. Please see the attachment photo "controller_boards". Please check and set per your machine after installing this version.

3. A new checkbox has been added to allow focusing lines to be burned vertically (user request).

4. Misc code clean up and small bug fixes.

Release 1.8.3 a

Critical Arc toolpath bug fix.

Release 1.8.2 d

Three Text objects in a .dxf file bug fix.

Release 1.8.2 c

Text objects Save link bug fix.

Release 1.8.2 b

This update adds three important parameters to the Grbl settings for Grbl version 1.1e. Those three parameters are: $30, $31 and $32. These are now inlcuded in the SetFactoryGrblSettings link on the COM Port tab.

Release 1.8.2 a

1. My co-developer Paul has finished coding the Arc Assistant, or what we are now calling the G-Code Visual Editor! This feature is available in the Virtual Laser Machine (VLM) tab and you can now write g-code on the left side in the G-Code Editor -- or -- using your mouse to click and drag Lines and Arcs on the right side in the VLM canvas itself. As you visually do this in the VLM canvas, the g-code of that object is dynamically updated on the left side in the editor itself.

Watch the video tutorial Paul made here on my Youtube Channel:

2. Huge speed up of toolpath operations on large dxf files.

3. Bug fixes and code clean up in various areas.


If you decide to purchase a Paid license, please use this Paypal email address:

Thank you for your support.

BenCutLaser / BCL 2.3 Engaving is released
« on: September 02, 2017, 10:37:12 AM »
I am releasing BCL 2.3 which contains the engraving features.

I want to thank all of the beta testers who helped me and Paul to test BCL engraving features.

Because of the additional work it took to bring world class engraving to BCL, Paul and I feel a price increase to $49.95 is warranted. So, as of 09/01/2017 the price for BCL will be $49.95.

Anyone who installs 2.3 will have to re-create their tool paths. Due to tool path structural changes needed to support engraving, you cannot load in any previous tool path files. Sorry for this inconvenience.

General Discussion / MOVED: software workflow?
« on: September 01, 2017, 08:16:49 AM »

BenCutLaser / Re: Engraving Beta Test Thread (OPEN)
« on: August 28, 2017, 11:41:49 AM »
>after I've added my engraving work, it gets saved along with my original DXF.

What do you mean by adding your engraving work? Are you talking about your toolpaths? If so, those are saved separately and do not add anything to the dxf file, so there is nothing "piling up". If you don't mean your toolpaths then I don't understand what you mean.

I don't see anything wrong with your attached dxf file. I've attached what I see. What's wrong with it?

Additionally, you were asking for a default dxf file to be loaded upon start up, so how can you add your engraving work to that file? That is not the dxf file you want to work on is it? You said you wanted a default dxf to be loaded all the time. If you're saying you want your last dxf file loaded to be loaded again, there is a link you can click on to load your last dxf file very quickly.

I'm afraid I'm really lost here Marcus. I don't understand what's going on here.

BenCutLaser / Re: Engraving Beta Test Thread (OPEN)
« on: August 28, 2017, 09:49:48 AM »
You said you wanted a dxf loaded at start up. Now you're talking about shutting down BCL with your dxf file loaded. I'm lost.

BenCutLaser / Re: Engraving Beta Test Thread (OPEN)
« on: August 28, 2017, 09:35:29 AM »
...where I deleted a toolpath.

You mean you deleted a toolpath file, right?

>Is it possible to have an empty default DXF file that loads when BCL does?

Yes its possible but what purpose does it serve? You would be loading in another dxf file so I don't understand why you want to see an empty, default dxf file on start up? I might be missing why you feel you need that capability?

I can't reproduce the heavy lined Text object...I'll keep trying...I have seen this in the past, but as I said, as soon as I assign a laser tool it went away.

Projects / Re: Dog memorial
« on: August 28, 2017, 09:13:02 AM »
I too am sorry for your loss...and thanks for posting a picture of Rusty...the little guy...!!!

BenCutLaser / Re: Engraving Beta Test Thread (OPEN)
« on: August 28, 2017, 09:11:17 AM »
Hi Marcus,

Please try 2.2b and see if you still are having the exceptions when you try to generate the g-code for your image.

The heavy text I will look into but once you assign your laser tool for the text object, the heavy lines should go away. Do they not?

Let me ask Paul about the image zoom factor not being on 100% at the start.

There is no way unload a dxf file as there is no point to doing that. A dxf file must always be loaded except for when you first start BCL. Why do you want to remove a dxf file? Just load another dxf or the same one again if you want to start over with your tool paths.

BenCutLaser / Re: Engraving Beta Test Thread (OPEN)
« on: August 27, 2017, 08:30:06 AM »
What beta version?

Can I get the steps to reproduce this error?

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