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Thanks Camera, these look perfect. Sadly I don't have, or know anyone who has a 3D printer.
Would you be able to make a set of 50mm feet, or even better for my purposes a 75mm set, and send them to me in the UK? Obviously I'll pay you..
If not, no worries, thanks anyway.

Thanks for the replies - I'll check these suggestions and report back

A3 Eleksmaker used to engrave leather goods.

The standard feet only raise the frame around an inch from my workbench. So if I want to engrave say a handbag, there is insufficient clearance to slide it beneath the frame. I'm using four soup tins to prop up the frame, but I would like a more stable solution, ideally a set of modified feet. Has anyone got any suggestions? Thanks very much. Mike.

T2 Engraving / Re: resizing logo
« on: May 14, 2017, 04:08:45 AM »
Solved - I had my resolution set too low. Set it to 0.05 and the logo looks fine now

T2 Engraving / resizing logo
« on: May 14, 2017, 02:06:30 AM »
Question from an absolute novice...
I'm trying to engrave a logo onto a piece of leather. It's a jpeg file, size in mm is about 120mm square. I want to enrgrave it at around 15mm square. So I open the file in T2Laser, and I use the 'Output size' option to reduce the size in mm, keeping the aspect lock on. Problem is, my logo then becomes totally smudged/blurred and unusable. If I use the 'auto trace' option on my logo, and then try to resize, the logo reverts back to being a solid image, rather than a traced outline.
Could someone give me some idiot-proof advice on how to do this properly please? Thanks very much!

T2 Engraving / Re: T2Laser setup tutorial
« on: May 13, 2017, 10:01:37 AM »
Ok, I'm so happy, it's working properly! I just needed to swap the power feeds around a few times, and eventually bingo! No more jerky movements, everything is smooth and quiet, and my engraver draws perfect squares and circles.

Thanks very much Zax and Wild Bill, I wouldn't have thought to do this if you hadn't mentioned voltage settings.

Zax, your software is brilliant, thanks so much. I wonder if you could tell me why I'm getting a 'G-Code exceeds 1000 lines' error. Is this because I'm using your trial version?

T2 Engraving / Re: T2Laser setup tutorial
« on: May 13, 2017, 06:52:00 AM »
ok, belts checked and wheels tightened up slightly. Attached is the sample 50mm square, etched twice at different speeds. Again neither are even close to being square. The Y axis seems to be working reasonably well. The issues are with the X, which remains jerky (better at slower speeds).

T2 Engraving / Re: T2Laser setup tutorial
« on: May 13, 2017, 06:39:05 AM »
Ok, I'll do those checks. Can you tell me do the wheels need to be super tight? If I tighten them up hard, using an allen key and pliers, they don't rotate easily, so I've slacked them off ever so slightly. Also, the belts are as tight as I can get them. Should they also be slacked off slightly? And when you advise me to check the tracks, do you mean the 90 degree alignment, or is there another check I need to make on the tracks?

Checking the voltage on the stepper drive is beyond my technical knowhow - do you have a guide on how I do this.

Thanks very much for your reply, it's really appreciated.

T2 Engraving / Re: T2Laser setup tutorial
« on: May 13, 2017, 05:56:23 AM »
Hi Zax. Ive attached a pic of the circle shown in Nottinghams tutorial. It's not round, and it's sort of zig zaggy. So I'm guessing this is more to do with the way I've assembled the hardware, rather than something which can be smoothed out via your software. Any suggestions about where I should start looking for mechanical fixes? Thanks again

T2 Engraving / Re: T2Laser setup tutorial
« on: May 13, 2017, 04:31:59 AM »
Sorry everyone, I just checked out the setup tutorial by nottingahm82. Thanks so much, this is brilliant. My laser carriages still feel a bit jerky, and in fact the entire setup moves during the engraving process, and only works well if I hold on to the frame. Anyone got any tips on what  need to do to stop this happening?

T2 Engraving / T2Laser setup tutorial
« on: May 13, 2017, 03:29:53 AM »
Just assembled my Banggood A3 2500 laser engraver, but I'm having problems getting it to work properly. Tried Elekslaser software but it wouldn't install properly on my Win7 laptop. Then tried Benbox but couldn't get the laser head to move more than around a square cm.

Now trying T2Laser. The UI is great, easily superior to the other two. I've done the firmware, but now I'm stuck. The belts seem to be nice and tight, and when I move both axis slowly by hand, they are smooth. But when I use the directional arrows via T2Laser, the laser head moves in a very jerky way. Even if I just try to move the laser head axis on its own, the other axis moves slightly too, producing a small zig zag pattern. I can't see a 'start' or 'burn' etc button anywhere, and I seem to be a long way away from actually engraving images. 

Can anyone give me a point by point beginner's guide, or some tips on how to test that everything is working properly. I eventually want to be able to engrave text onto leather patches. Thanks very much.   

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