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BenCutLaser / Re: Latest download? (OPEN)
« on: January 27, 2018, 08:29:37 AM »

I'm working on making BCL work with a Linux Virtual Machine (VM). I hope to be finished with this soon and will have the download link working at that time. Please stand by.

Thank you...

BenCutLaser / Re: Latest download?
« on: January 20, 2018, 09:16:20 PM »
I'm in the middle of transitioning over to BCL ver 3.0d. This ver has a different license file format. This was necessary in order to support running BCL in a Linux VM (Virtual Machine). The main download link does not work at this time.

This link...

...will download the new BenCutLaser.lic license file which is a Trial version lic file. The 3.0+ installer will not over write the .lic file.

For those Paid BCL users, when you download ver 3.0d, (the link is here: when you start up BCL you'll see a lic file dialog window. It will show your new ID Code and you need to email that to me so I can generate a new encrypted lic file for you.

New BCL users, just download and install BCL ver 3.0d from the above link in this message and you'll be good to go with the Trial version. If  you have a pre 3.0 BCL install, you can install into the same folder but the installer won't over write you old format lic file. You'll have to download the new 3.0+ lic file format and copy that into your BCL folder. That will update your Trial version from a pre 3.0 version.


Mini CNC / Re: Sieg ?
« on: January 16, 2018, 09:07:22 AM »
When do you think you will have BCL ported to control the lathe? Mount the laser on the power feed.

No plans to do that.

Mini CNC / Re: Sieg ?
« on: January 16, 2018, 08:30:21 AM »
Very nice! I just bought a Harbor Freight 7x12 Mini-Lathe!

I'm in the tear down and rebuild phase (which you *should* do with any new mini-lathe). Putting them back together will allow you to setup/tune the slides for maximum precision possible with these little machines.

BenCutLaser / Re: Loading DXF error (OPEN)
« on: January 14, 2018, 08:24:24 PM »

It's taken me a few days to put this upgrade together, but I added code to BCL to call @Agastar's Convert2DxfCmd program to convert .Pdf files into .Dxf files. While you can do this manually, you seemed to also want BCL to do it, so I've added it.

I want to be clear that BCL is calling Convert2DxfCmd.exe to do all the processing. @Agastar is given full credit and copyright lines for his program inside BCL.

Because of the licensing requirements, I cannot include the file with BCL. You'll have to download it from here:

...and then manually unzip it into the BenCutLaser folder and make sure it unzips into the folder name (inside the BenCutLaser folder) 'Convert2DxfCmd'. Once you have unzipped all these files, BCL will then look for and 'see' these files and you can use the BCL GUI shown in the attachment to do the conversion.

Note: You must unzip the Command Line (Cmd) version of this program, not the GUI version.

This is now in BCL ver 3.0 and I plan to release this within the next 24 hours.

FAQs For New Users / Re: New to the forums
« on: January 12, 2018, 08:46:49 AM »
Then I would say don't jump into CO2 lasers...the low prices you see online that you can buy them for are just the tip of the ice will need to spend more money to make them safe and usable. So, start out with the low power diode laser machines which is what this forum was created to support.

FAQs For New Users / Re: New to the forums
« on: January 12, 2018, 08:15:17 AM »
What is your budget?

BenCutLaser / Re: License problem (OPEN)
« on: January 11, 2018, 01:18:16 PM »

the code  B8A98873

Paid license file sent.

Thank you.

BenCutLaser / Re: Loading DXF error (OPEN)
« on: January 11, 2018, 09:00:29 AM »

>Now if like me and others out there cant load a DXF file in no matter what size or how old the DXF File is.

I don't know why you keep saying you can't load DXF files? I've given you the fix for this and I've even shown you the fix. So, I covered this issue for you, twice. If you do the fix, you'll be able to load your DXF file. So why are you still saying you can't load your DXF file?

BenCutLaser / Re: License problem (OPEN)
« on: January 10, 2018, 10:24:43 AM »
PM me with your email address and ID Code.

BenCutLaser / Re: Loading DXF error (OPEN)
« on: January 09, 2018, 02:25:00 PM »
>how hard would it be to incorporate a PDF loader

You mean to be able to call Agastar's PDFtoDXF.exe program from inside BCL? Or do you mean to use BCL to load a pure PDF file and do a conversion inside of BCL and spit out a DXF file?

BenCutLaser / Re: Loading DXF error (OPEN)
« on: January 09, 2018, 02:22:22 PM »
The format of your dxf file is too old. BCL needs dxf format Release18 or later.

All of this might be a moot point for you: T2 Laser will let you set the upper left corner as your home position.

You can also cut with T2 so if you must have the upper left corner as your home position, you should take a look at T2 Laser.

See attachment.

BenCutLaser / Re: License problem
« on: January 09, 2018, 01:59:46 PM »
This forum is the best place to reach me. Sorry your emails didn't get to me but that was by design. I could not answer all the emails that I was getting. Most questions could be answered in my Trouble shooting section.

The BenCutLaser.lic file is nothing more than a file containing the serial number of your hard drive. Then that is encrypted so it can be decrypted by BCL and read and compared to the serial number that is fetched in real time when BCL starts up.

Reformatting a hard drive may change this serial number. In that case your .lic file will no longer work. You can get a new .lic file at 50% of the price of BCL.

However, if you wrote down your ID Code of your old drive, there are utilities that will allow you to change your serial number so you can set it back to what it was before and BCL will work again.

BenCutLaser / Re: Loading DXF error (OPEN)
« on: January 09, 2018, 09:40:53 AM »

Apparently you're not reading my posts. I told you that your dxf file won't load into BCL because it's format is too old. I also told you how to fix that, but you didn't do it. You uploaded your older dxf format version for me to look at. My BCL is the same as yours so I can't load an older format dxf file either!

I did load your dxf file into QCAD and you have not set your unit of measurements. See attachment. This needs to be done. I'm assuming your working in MM? 90% of users who have dxf file 'problems' have them because they have not set their units. While this is not an issue with you, you still need to set your units in your CAD program: MM or Inches.

Also, while in QCAD I did a file save as and saved your file in an updated dxf format (greater than R18 as I've already told you) and it loaded fine into BCL with no errors and no warnings. See attachment.

However, as this attachment shows, the tan area is the default laser work area and much of your drawings are outside of this work area. Unless you have a laser work area that matches your drawing size there is no way you're going to be able to laser all of your airplane parts.

Your easy solution is to break down your parts into individual dxf files. This is what I would do. I'd make about 4 copies of this main file and in each one, delete the parts out so that you end up with all of your parts covered in the 4 files. 4 files or 5 files or even 6 files, what ever makes sense. Absolutely nothing wrong with doing can focus on your individual part groups better.

So, there you are. Solutions on how to get your dxf file to work with BCL. Of course if you still want to work from the top/left corner as your home position, then you'll have to find another CAM software to use. I wish you all the best.

BenCutLaser / Re: Loading DXF error (OPEN)
« on: January 09, 2018, 09:16:24 AM »
You can set your work area size to anything your laser supports. See attachment.

All of the CAD programs I've ever used (6 plus) have the home (0,0) in the lower left corner of the work area. You might be able to change that inside those programs but I've never looked because I've never had the need to do that.

Having home at the top/left corner seems strange to me, but if that is what you want, look around and see if you can find a CAM software program for lasers that supports that capability. I recall awhile back that T2 may support that I'm not 100% sure. Maybe @Zax or someone else can jump in and confirm that or not.

Changing the home location is not easy to do because you might also have to tell your firmware and your positive/negative values have to be reversed in the CAM software. You cannot just change your CAD software and go! Everything else has to also be sunc'd with that. It's not easy to do, but it can be done. BCL won't be getting that capability since it represents a lot of work and, after a year on the market, your the first user to ask for it. So, it's not a cost-effective change for me to make. The change would touch a lot of the existing g-code generation code.

BTW BCL has model airplane builders successfully using BCL software to cut ribs and other parts.

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