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General Discussion / Re: Looking at buying a 3D printer. Opinions Welcome.
« on: February 20, 2017, 06:02:24 PM »
Ralph, do they have plans to do 3D software?


General Discussion / Re: Looking at buying a 3D printer. Opinions Welcome.
« on: February 20, 2017, 03:06:48 PM »
I use Sketchup for my design software. It has a .stl exporter plugin. Draw, export, print. CURA slices when it opens the object, to last settings. I just wish they would go the next step. Draw then print from the same software!

That would be a nice program Richard... a CAD and CAM program designed for our low power laser machines all in one program.

Unfortunately, the effort to do that is really big. For one person, I think it would take 2 years to write,test,debug, etc. So it would be much better to have a team of developers working on different parts of it...maybe get it done in well under a year. But who would be on the team? And what would we call them? The CADCAM-Tech Team? Maybe use Java so the program could run on Windows/Linux and Mac. Ahhh I can hear George singing now!!

LaserAxe / Re: LaserAxe controller board now supports Benbox
« on: February 20, 2017, 02:59:27 PM »
My suggestion is: don't T2 Laser and see if that software meets your needs. It's much better than the Benbox software.

LaserAxe / Re: LaserAxe controller board is now Flashable
« on: February 20, 2017, 02:57:44 PM »
I last asked my 3 questions on Jan I sent an email to my LaserAxe contact again...asking the same 3 questions!

T2 Engraving / Re: Pausing issues
« on: February 19, 2017, 03:35:49 PM »
FYI - Hippie (Mike) has been banned from this forum by mutual agreement. He didn't want to follow the rules of posting on this forum and by his own admission, doesn't care much for authority or following rules in general. So, obviously, this wasn't a good place for him to hang his cowboy hat.

General Discussion / Re: Welding Curtain as Laser Shield Test
« on: February 19, 2017, 12:01:08 PM »
Just a question as I've never heard of anyone using a welders curtain to block laser beam light before:

Does it matter if the curtain has no wave length rating? Does the welder curtain work just by the sheer thickness of it being able to block laser light like, say, a wall?

General Discussion / Re: test line g code
« on: February 19, 2017, 10:00:46 AM »
BenCutLaser has several line shapes (left/right, up/down, 45 degree angle) that you can send to your laser machine for burn tests to determine desired speed and laser power settings.

See attachment.

Here is an example of some g-code:

Code: [Select]
G01 X0000.0000 Y0000.0000 Z0000.0000 F2000
M03 S500
G01 X0010.0000 Y0010.0000 F500
G01 X0000.0000 Y-0010.0000 F500
G01 X-0010.0000 Y0000.0000 F500 ( pass 1 )
M05 S0
G01 X0012.0000 Y0000.0000 Z0000.0000 F2000

General Discussion / Re: Impounded Christmas present
« on: February 19, 2017, 07:21:21 AM »
Sorry to hear this happened to you and your dad...

General Discussion / Re: 3d Printer
« on: February 18, 2017, 10:05:12 PM »
Thanks @wild.bill...

General Discussion / Re: 3d Printer
« on: February 18, 2017, 09:06:33 PM »
Where is that part on the RAMPS 1.4 controller board? Can I replace it if its bad or do I have to buy a whole new controller board? And how do I test if its bad?

General Discussion / Re: 3d Printer
« on: February 18, 2017, 06:09:20 PM »
I have the FolgerTech i3 Prusa...while they are a US company, I'm sure they buy their kits from China. I've had it about a year now and it has worked perfectly until last week when my hot bed stopped getting hot. I have to still trouble shoot what is wrong and fix it. Probably a loose wire although I think I did a good solder job when attaching the wires. Maybe the hot bed went bad in which case I'll just buy a new one.


Do you have a fan on your laser to blow soot away from the burn lines?

General Discussion / Re: 3d Printer
« on: February 18, 2017, 09:28:39 AM »
Looks pretty nice...

CAD Software / Re: 2D CAD Software List
« on: February 17, 2017, 03:02:16 PM »
Gear template generator from http:\\ looks very nice. Have only played around a little with it but generates dxf usable in T2 and probably with BCL but have not tested.

The developer sent me his paid version to test with BCL.


1. You need to Export with the Polyline option! Exporting with the other method will generate way too many drawing objects to work with easily inside BCL. The sample gear generated 1,399 drawing objects. The Polyline export generated only 9!

2. After exporting: I opened the dxf file in my CAD program and set the Units of Measurement to MM (Units were not set but I gave the developer this information so hopefully he will do that during the Export operation in the future).

3. The DXF file format is pre-2000 so I had to do a Save As in my CAD program to get a new format that BCL could open.

That was it...BCL was able to generate the gcode and it ran fine in the Virtual Laser Machine (VLM). See attachment.

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