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Carve Mode: Outline
« on: March 24, 2016, 02:00:48 PM »
Any body know what this is suppose to do. My thought was it would draw a laser line around an image, but when I set to it and hit play nothing happens.  Does anyone know how to cut out an image?

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Re: Carve Mode: Outline
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2016, 02:23:47 PM »
By default, you can't cut anything...only engrave...
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Re: Carve Mode: Outline
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2016, 02:41:59 PM »
Actually that isn't correct, you can cut basic shapes with Benbox.

Draw a circle using the tool bar and you will see it works.

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Re: Carve Mode: Outline
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2016, 02:54:23 PM »
Yes, I stand corrected @Zax !

I guess it depends on what material, right? I was thinking of what I cut, 3mm plywood and Acrylic. You can't cut that with one pass so its not convenient to make multiple passes using Benbox software. I know it can be done, but its a repeat cycle, work-around solution...not a pretty way to have to do multiple passes.

With other materials you probably can make cuts in one pass.

Does T2 make it easier to cut in multiple passes?
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Re: Carve Mode: Outline
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2016, 03:15:53 PM »
Does T2 make it easier to cut in multiple passes?

I haven't needed multiple passes, but it would be simple enough to add that option.

I guess sometimes a few faster cuts may be better than 1 slow pass.

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Re: Carve Mode: Outline
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2016, 03:24:40 PM »
Might be a good Ver 2.0 feature...
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Re: Carve Mode: Outline
« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2016, 03:25:15 PM »
We were looking at using it to cut paper/cardstock.  Will it only cut using the shapes on the toolbar or can you have it cut the outline of an image?

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Re: Carve Mode: Outline
« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2016, 05:09:07 PM »
I don't think Benbox will do much more than the basic shapes, but if you switch to Grbl you have multiple options.

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Re: Carve Mode: Outline
« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2016, 08:15:10 PM »
Ward, the common consensus on the site that Benbox is a good program for learning your laser and it's basic operations, anything other than that you will want to go with Zax's recommendation and switch to the GRBL.  I am in the process of making the switch right now, just not able to find the time...hopefully sometime this weekend if I can get my laptop controller up to speed.
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Re: Carve Mode: Outline
« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2016, 05:18:04 AM »
The good news is once you convert to Grbl there are many options.

Here I took the grbl logo (.jpg) in to Inkscape and traced it, then saved as a DXF.

I then loaded the DXF file with T2Laser and produced the G-Code.

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Note: I used red as the outline color so the laser power is 80% (255 * 0.8 = 204) for the cut, black would be 100%. It is possible to use multiple colors in one job and get different power levels like in the last screenshot.

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Re: Carve Mode: Outline
« Reply #10 on: March 25, 2016, 08:01:25 AM »
Very nice @Zax...!!!
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Re: Carve Mode: Outline
« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2016, 11:33:15 AM »
Benbox can carve beautifully. Make a drawing with Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape make it into paths, export as a DXF, import to Benbox. We found that speed and time worked well as 150/200 on card and on the fabric 300/30; both with Outline and Continuous.  These settings completely sealed the threads of the fabric and left only a minute amount of burn mark.
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Re: Carve Mode: Outline
« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2016, 04:45:27 AM »
From what I observed testing it yesterday with the ironman image it attempts to find all of the lines in the image and ignores large black areas. So if you had a BOLD FONT it would outline BOLD FONT but not fill in the inside etc...
Thats how it worked for me but with the more complicated iron man image it didnt go so well but with something like the V Vendetta mask it outlined it fairly well and gave a decent look.

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Re: Carve Mode: Outline
« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2016, 09:13:09 AM »
In Benbox if you try to load a DXF file which contains filled-in text it will not load and gives a 'file too large' message. As DXF is only needed for outline it is no hardship to make sure the image is in just outline too.
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Re: Carve Mode: Outline
« Reply #14 on: July 29, 2016, 05:43:18 AM »
Hi, guys, I am new on forum, and with laser engraving. I bought 0,5W engraver from banggood and last few days learning to use benbox and dxf extension. i also tryed zax software and grbl, but since still learning, benbox seem to me moust easiest and simple. I noticed that when working with dxf (drawed in corel) engraving and cutting is much faster and precise than picture. Since I wanna to engrave letters with fill I run on problem that dxf exported from corel do not export fill, only outline of letters. Is that normal, and if is, how can I change it. Thank you for your time and answers. Sonic
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