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Aaron_adams

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Trying to get a project done
« on: December 31, 2016, 05:37:36 PM »
Trying to make projects with the sorry benbox laser program, how long can I run this Continuously. Tried ding a piece about 4-5 inches by 4 and was going to take like 3 hours, I have the 1600mw 7x11 also noticed I have to mirror everything

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Re: Trying to get a project done
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2016, 05:41:00 PM »
Welcome to the forum Aaron...!!!

It would be helpful if we knew something about your laser machine...what brand? What laser diode wattage? What controller board?
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Re: Trying to get a project done
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2016, 05:42:12 PM »
i run projects over an hour daily and I routinely run projects over 3 hours.  Laser will be fine.  Couldnt tell you anything about that software though.


The mirroring is probably because you have your y axis motors reversed.  Mine is too.  I just correct it in my software.  I use T2 which is available on this site.
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Re: Trying to get a project done
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2016, 06:03:09 PM »
I've ran jobs over 3 hours many times, and the longest was over 7 hours. The laser should have sufficient heat sink and cooling to maintain temperature within its operating range.

Benbox doesn't allow you to change resolution, so you will find all jobs take forever. In many cases you need a lower resolution to prevent burning or "blurring" of the image, or just because you want a quicker result and can sacrifice some quality.

@nottingham82 why don't you reverse the axis in T2Laser, or as you said, swap the Y-axis cables?

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Re: Trying to get a project done
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2016, 06:16:08 PM »
https://m.aliexpress.com/s/item/32431567216.html this is one I bought from a guy today. I personally don't like the program. In the program I feel like it should know the position of the laser so I can set what I'm wanting to do where I want it and get the scaling better to

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Re: Trying to get a project done
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2016, 06:29:47 PM »
I've ran jobs over 3 hours many times, and the longest was over 7 hours. The laser should have sufficient heat sink and cooling to maintain temperature within its operating range.

Benbox doesn't allow you to change resolution, so you will find all jobs take forever. In many cases you need a lower resolution to prevent burning or "blurring" of the image, or just because you want a quicker result and can sacrifice some quality.

@nottingham82 why don't you reverse the axis in T2Laser, or as you said, swap the Y-axis cables?

I do reverse in the axis in T2 which is why I never bothered to swap the cables  ;)
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Re: Trying to get a project done
« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2016, 06:35:50 PM »
Plus I wish there was a rotate function because this setup is 7x11

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Re: Trying to get a project done
« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2016, 06:52:23 PM »
sounds like you have discovered all the limitations that have led us to abandon benbox and for zax to start programming his own software for these little machines
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Re: Trying to get a project done
« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2016, 07:04:37 PM »
Did I meant ion I have had to stop many project because I didn't know where the edges where exactly so I couldn't get all the stuff in

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Re: Trying to get a project done
« Reply #9 on: December 31, 2016, 07:09:30 PM »
that sux.  You might want to get yourself a grid.  then you know the work is in the lasers workable space.  I know benbox has an outline feature.  You can run the outline to see if it will go off of the workable space.
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Re: Trying to get a project done
« Reply #10 on: December 31, 2016, 07:18:17 PM »
I saw the outline feature but it burns the wood, haven't tried turning the settings down and try the outline, was thinking about getting the other program from here

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Re: Trying to get a project done
« Reply #11 on: December 31, 2016, 07:46:58 PM »
t2 has a trial version.  Its limitations are time and length of code.  you might not be able to do a 7x11 engraving but you could do a 2x2ish engraving to see if it works (dont quote me on that size im just guessing).  It is the most like benbox.  The other software here is Ben cut laser.  It is designed for cutting.  More of a learning curve with that but it kicks butt at cutting. 
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Re: Trying to get a project done
« Reply #12 on: December 31, 2016, 10:43:14 PM »
Ive run multiple hour jobs few things to watch out for,,, I learned the hard way.

Turn off automatic reboot on your PC when it installs updates !!!!
I turned off all screen savers, sleep modes also.

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Re: Trying to get a project done
« Reply #13 on: January 01, 2017, 12:32:38 AM »
haha yeah we have all almost burned down our garages with the ol sleep mode trick and ruined a project with the ol reboot.
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Re: Trying to get a project done
« Reply #14 on: January 01, 2017, 05:14:49 AM »
I had one going last night about 2 hours or so got 3/4 the way done and I went to check on it and the laser wasn't working, not sure if it's fried already or what