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T2 Software Updates / Re: Updates
« on: October 23, 2016, 05:20:05 PM »
I had noticed the text problem in sketch but figured I might be doing something wrong so I hadnt mentioned it yet.  Also the arc text seemed not to work on the last version.  I'll give it a go in j.  Thanks for fixing that.

I think you should start going all google and making the version letters be themed names.  Obviously google already laid claim to candy.  How about countries.  Version 1.3j the Jamaican version. 

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Engraving / Re: Slate?
« on: October 23, 2016, 12:10:51 PM »
soooo. Yeah slate works great.  I picked up a set of slate coasters from cost plus world market for 7.99. Im rastering with t2 right now and it looks great.  I'll probably do 3 rasters to make it deep and permanent.  I like to follow up with a vector outline to make it pop.   If you want an awesome christmas present for someone on the cheap, definitely do this!  I will post some pictures when I get these done.  Probably later tonight.

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Engraving / Re: Slate?
« on: October 21, 2016, 10:01:08 PM »
Thanks for the reply zax.  I'll give it a try and report back here!

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Engraving / Slate?
« on: October 20, 2016, 08:37:43 PM »
Ok I scoured the forum and havent found anyone that has tried slate.  Has anyone tried to engrave slate with a diode laser and not reported back yet?

  I found slate coasters at cost plus world market for 4 bucks.  So I guess I'll give it a try this weekend unless anyone can tell me its a no go! 

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T2 Engraving / Re: T2Laser with CNC Shield v4 - Need help please.
« on: October 20, 2016, 08:32:41 PM »
OK, now I see what you mean. I've never understood the purpose, you've got the laser right there and can see what it's doing ;D

Haha its because some of us are scatter brained and we forget exactly what we are burning and how much more design is left!  Seems like alot of work for nothing though since you will eventually see how much is left when it is done.  Maybe just a timer to tell you how much longer to expect.  I know when you load the gcode it give you an estimate.  I always end up walking over a few minutes later and trying to remember how much longer it should have.

The only other thing I think could be cool as a simulation is to be able to run the gcode with the laser off.  Then you could turn on the low power laser to see exactly what you will be cutting at full power.  Im not super anal so I dont use a square when placing my pieces so every now and then my engraving is slightly off center I either kick myself for not being more careful centering it or pat myself on the back for remembering to use a scrap piece before going for the money shot... or is it money burn?


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Trouble Shooting / Re: Usb not recognized
« on: October 17, 2016, 05:03:07 PM »
tried my old cable and.... yup its bad.  Its always the simplest solution.  Thanks for everyones help.

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Trouble Shooting / Re: Usb not recognized
« on: October 17, 2016, 04:20:55 PM »
and..... its working. As I was cleaning out my truck I found another usb cable (i dont have many mini usb cables anymore since everythings micro now).  swapped the cable and now it works.  Is it just dumb luck or was my other cable bad? I dunno I'll try the other cable after I get done with this burn and see if the problem returns.  Dang gremlins.

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Trouble Shooting / Re: Usb not recognized
« on: October 17, 2016, 02:12:37 PM »
>tried each pc port and that all said it is not recognized.

BenCutLaser has an auto-detect feature on the COM ports. As a test only, to help you solve this COM Port problem, install BCL and connect your controller board USB cable into a com port as you normally do...then on the BCL Com Port tab, look at the com port dropdown list and see if there are *any* com ports listed.

See attachment.

IF there are no com ports in the drop down list, its a win 10 problem and you can trouble that.

If there ARE com ports  listed in the drop down list, then its something on your controller board.

Either way, you will know.

Actually tried this as one of my steps.  It didnt show any com ports. I'll give it a try one more time.  I hate windows problems

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Trouble Shooting / Re: Usb not recognized
« on: October 17, 2016, 01:55:48 PM »
I would try some driver uninstall/re-install woodoo first. And if that doesn't help I would try to find a Nano with FTDI serial chip, they cost a little more, but lately I've been less impressed with the CH340 chips. Initially I had only good experience with them, but not so much lately.

In any case maybe not the worst to spend $4.25 on having a replacement handy. I asked the seller to double check it had FTDI chips and not CH340.  Havent received them yet though.
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1PCS-Nano-V3-0-ATMEGA328-FT232RL-supports-Win8-win7-for-Arduino-With-USB-Cable-Free-Shipping/32577198368.html

definitely tried the voodoo first.  It does have the ch340 chip.  I'll stop by frys and see if they have a replacement. If not i'll just order something and stare longingly at my laser that I cant use all week.

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Trouble Shooting / Re: Usb not recognized
« on: October 17, 2016, 01:44:05 PM »
Windows 10 is big on com ports disappearing. That means they do not exist in the Registry where win10 keeps track of them.

You can google on how to get them back but its not easy.

Fortunately, this does not happen too often...!!!

Thanks ralph I'll take a look into this

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Trouble Shooting / Re: Usb not recognized
« on: October 17, 2016, 01:43:13 PM »
Remove the Nano board and see of it works alone. Try different usb ports/cables.

Pulled the nano board and when I plug in the usb port it says not recognized.  Think that means I ned a new nano board?

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Trouble Shooting / Re: Usb not recognized
« on: October 17, 2016, 01:42:12 PM »
To rule out the port on the PC, try another port. If that still causes the same behavior then it could be the USB chip on your Arduino Nano has died or possibly something updated on your pc that messed up your drivers.

tried each pc port and that all said it is not recognized.

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Trouble Shooting / Usb not recognized
« on: October 17, 2016, 01:31:06 PM »
Ok well my laser isnt talking to my pc anymore.  So yesterday it was working fine. Today when I plug it in to the usb port the pc says Usb device not recognized.   I'm running windows 10 and have and L7 board.  I tried restarting the pc 3 times now and disconnected the usb cable a bunch of times.  Each time it says not recognized.  Anyone have any ideas?   

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Laser Accessories / Re: Compressor Air Assist
« on: October 17, 2016, 12:49:34 PM »
heres how i set mine up

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Laser Accessories / Re: Compressor Air Assist
« on: October 17, 2016, 12:47:13 PM »
yup thats what I bought.  I also bought this

http://www.harborfreight.com/air-blow-gun-with-4-in-nozzle-68258.html

I used the 4 inch nozzle.  its the right threads.  If you want to use the inflation needle the adapter that comes with the inflation kit will work also.

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