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5-watt laser with L1 board from eBay/China
« on: August 24, 2016, 04:51:34 PM »
Hello,

First of all, I'm a newby  :-[ . Please bear with my asking if you find them very elementary.

I bought this 5-watt laser on an L1 board and came with Benbox software.
Benbox was fine for simple things but very limited of what can be done.
Until I found BCL which is so easy to use.

Question is, basing on everyone's cutting (e.g. 3mm plywood that could be cut in 8 passes), if i need to cut a paper it needs to be 100% at 100 or less speed and 2 to 3 passes before it cuts it.
Isn't this to low of a power?
Does anyone know if L1 limits the laser's power?

I'm also planning to cut some balsa woods for scale modelings but with this laser power I think it won't be possible...

Thanks in advance,
-Ron

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Re: 5-watt laser with L1 board from eBay/China
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2016, 05:29:27 PM »
Welcome Ron...!!!

I've cut thick card board but never paper...I would guess you can easily cut paper with one pass and a high (not necessarily 100%) power setting.

Let me try and cut some paper and I'll report back here what my settings were to do that.

I don't think this is an L1 controller board issue. I am using an L2 but used an L1 a lot before.
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Re: 5-watt laser with L1 board from eBay/China
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2016, 06:01:48 PM »
OK here are my paper cutting results:

Using regular printer paper.

I created a new Laser Tool and named it Paper Cutting.

See attachment. As I suspected, I didn't need full power. 50% power was the minimum to cut through it at a speed of 500 left/right and 500 up/down.

As with Paper or Acrylic (anything that doesn't have a grain direction like wood does) your left/right and up/down speeds should be the same. That is, there is no reason for them to be different like for wood.

I could have played around and found other workable combinations (perhaps 400 speed and 40% power) to cut the paper but I was happy with a speed of 500 and 50% power. That's a very reasonable setting for paper cutting.
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http://www.BenCutLaser.us/BenCutLaserSetup1.8.3a.exe.zip
http://www.BenCutLaser.us/BCLVirtualLaserMachineSetup1.8.2.exe.zip
BCL Paid license: $39.95
VLM Paid license: $19.95 (stand alone version)
via Paypal to bclpp@primemail.com