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Re: Updates
« Reply #240 on: October 12, 2016, 04:24:47 PM »
You will find a big difference with the TTL Driver when you try it. The linearity is as good as the Jtech driver and 1/4 the size.
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Re: Updates
« Reply #241 on: October 15, 2016, 03:57:15 PM »
I just released v1.3g which supports Grbl 1.1c and homing (with the correct hardware). There are also some bug fixes and a new (hopefully improved) menu for the laser control screen.

You can read more about the Grbl release here: http://benboxlaser.us/index.php/topic,925.0.html

As always, this is a beta release to forum members only, and your help with feedback would be appreciated. I've done extensive testing on multiple systems and it seems stable but if you don't need homing there may not be much benefit. It does appear slightly smoother at higher speeds but I'm talking above 3000 feed rates which most people don't need. PWM operation is essentially unchanged.

This release is of course fully compatible with the J-Tech firmware, and for now that is still my recommendation for new or inexperienced users as it's tried and tested.

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Re: Updates
« Reply #242 on: October 15, 2016, 07:40:23 PM »
Hi Zax,
I just downloaded g.  I had skipped f so the last working version I had was e.  G doesnt work for me at all.  I downloaded it. flashed the firmware. Load a g code and i get nothing when i send it.  I tried just using the left right buttons to jog the machine and it doesnt jog.  it shows connected so im at a loss.  I reflashed it and got the same result.  I tried the beta firmware and it also doesnt do anything.  I reinstalled version 1.2t because i still have the install files and 1.2 works flawlessly.  dont know why my system hates g.  fyi im running windows ten, 2.5 laser with an L7 board.
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Re: Updates
« Reply #243 on: October 15, 2016, 07:52:31 PM »
for Velocity Mode, would you select the Greyscale button, or the Dithered button? along with having velocity mode checked

also the when you have velocity mode on, you can't control the power - it seems to always be at 255, even when you change it in the settings.
so can you Only control the feed rate with velocity mode?
« Last Edit: October 15, 2016, 08:08:54 PM by QuietMike »

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Re: Updates
« Reply #244 on: October 16, 2016, 04:49:06 AM »
G doesnt work for me at all.

That's not good news, anyone else tried it?

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Re: Updates
« Reply #245 on: October 16, 2016, 04:54:13 AM »
for Velocity Mode, would you select the Greyscale button

The purpose of velocity mode is to allow on/off laser modules (those without PWM support) to produce a grey scale output, so yes you would select grey scale mode for conversion. As you point out, it should really use min and max values for power but it is currently using 0 and 255 (which should in most cases be the same thing) but I will fix this. Thanks!

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Re: Updates
« Reply #246 on: October 16, 2016, 08:49:17 AM »
v1.3h uploaded to fix reported bugs and suggested features:

Language override added.
Velocity mode now uses laser min/max values.
Option to upload user machine size.

I'm still not sure why @nottingham82 wasn't able to get it to work, I've tried multiple different Nano's, Eleks Boards and other combinations I have and all work with the J-Tech or new Grbl 1.1c firmware.

If you do download and try v1.3g or 1.3h please let me know the result. Thanks.

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Re: Updates
« Reply #247 on: October 16, 2016, 09:03:00 AM »
velocity mode is working now with the variable power settings, with power and speed varible i'll have a lot to play with figuring out this mode! :)

in the laser controller window, when i jog the laser using the arrows and have the step distance set to anything, it moves the laser, incredibly slowly

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Re: Updates
« Reply #248 on: October 16, 2016, 09:07:57 AM »
It looks like I screwed up the defaults...  :o
« Last Edit: October 16, 2016, 09:10:56 AM by Zax »

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Re: Updates
« Reply #249 on: October 16, 2016, 09:27:01 AM »
@QuietMike, sorry you'll need to download and install again.

I've been using the new Grbl 1.1c for testing and changed the default to use machine feed for rapid moves (jog), which should be correct but it appears J-Tech firmware has a bug and doesn't move rapid at the machine speed - it uses some very slow default. Which is probably why I didn't use that method before but apparently forgot about that  ::)

It is now fixed (I think) so if you are using J-Tech it will work as before. Your jog rate will be whatever you have set for T2Laser rapid feed, right click the speed/feed icon and set what speed you prefer (default is 2000).

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Re: Updates
« Reply #250 on: October 16, 2016, 11:56:07 AM »
Ok so i tried h first before doing anything else. And wouldnt you know, it works fine.  FYI i love that trace frame option.  I have one problem.  I've always had it so it might be my set up.  in T2 it shows my drawing should be 21 mm x 22 mm.  In actuality it burns at like 66 mm x 71mm. I end up just guessing what size i want and doing a bunch of test burns on scrap until I guess a size that will actually fit on my project.  Am I doing something wrong in my set up. 
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Re: Updates
« Reply #251 on: October 16, 2016, 12:23:19 PM »
Load the default parameters, that will set the correct size if you have a standard system. If not, you'll need to figure out the correct steps per mm.

It's easier now, you just go to the "Machine" menu and click "Send Default Parameters".

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Re: Updates
« Reply #252 on: October 16, 2016, 12:31:54 PM »
great thanks.  I'll give it a try.  disregard my  pm  on this topic
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Re: Updates
« Reply #253 on: October 16, 2016, 12:35:28 PM »
ok so i just did that and then moved the laser with the low power on.  I'm looking at 1 step per mm.  Is that what its supposed to be?
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Re: Updates
« Reply #254 on: October 16, 2016, 12:39:13 PM »
Yay my sizes are right now!!! I love this site!
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