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jlauzon

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Feature Requests
« on: May 17, 2016, 07:14:59 PM »
1) multiple passes (vector only); allow custom user-entered number, sometimes we want more than the drop down allows.

2) raster image positioning; ability to move image to origin, far maximum, etc.

3) save-able settings profiles; for feedrate, laser power, engraving area, etc.

Thanks!

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Re: Feature Requests
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2016, 06:18:52 AM »
Thank you!

1. It was already on the list after I saw someone was doing 50 passes (wow!)
2. Not sure I understand the concept here, the lower left of the image is always the origin unless you choose centered.
3. These are saved in settings already, but I think you are suggesting profiles for different purposes - I like that idea

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Re: Feature Requests
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2016, 07:07:00 AM »
Ideas in the air.

I thought the same about save presets, also the software can suggest some, maybe?


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Re: Feature Requests
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2016, 08:53:50 AM »
I like to be able to position with a webcam that would be so cool. But I doubt that is easilyfeasible
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Re: Feature Requests
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2016, 09:00:34 AM »
That's actually not too hard, most webcams support the same protocol so I could display the image and add cross hairs for alignment but there would need to be some calibration between the laser and camera - also possible.

Very interesting idea.

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Re: Feature Requests
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2016, 02:09:23 PM »
Ok, that webcam idea sounds cool.  That would make getting your material placement easy and accurate.  Mount the webcam on your gantry, place it in your home position, look to see if everything is lined up and send.

I totally agree with the savable settings.
You could save settings for Pine, Oak,  cutting paper, cutting balsa, etc.  Yeah, that would be very nice.

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Re: Feature Requests
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2016, 03:02:21 PM »
It's a feature that Glowforge has. And it looks really useful.
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Re: Feature Requests
« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2016, 09:34:14 PM »
I really like the webcam idea!
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Re: Feature Requests
« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2016, 07:31:43 AM »
 Would it be possible to make an option to be able to use the arrow keys on the keyboard to jog the laser, I find myself going to my machine looking at its position and then going back to my computer to Click direction arrow which is somewhat tedious when positioning it before burning, If I could just have my fingers on the arrow keys while looking at the machine it would be easier

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Re: Feature Requests
« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2016, 07:40:43 AM »
The arrow keys already work, but only if "focus" is on the G-Code box.

So, when you open the laser control window they work but if you click home or jog using mouse click then you need to click in the big G-Code box to re-enable job. Also, if you have debug mode on they are disabled.

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Re: Feature Requests
« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2016, 09:04:01 AM »
How do you turn on debug mode?  I guess I'm overlooking it.

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Re: Feature Requests
« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2016, 09:42:37 AM »
It's a secret  :-X

OK, I will tell you but don't tell anyone else.

Very bottom right of laser control screen, click that box!

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Re: Feature Requests
« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2016, 12:36:51 PM »
I promise I won't do anything stupid.  You've mentioned it several times, so it had me curious.

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Re: Feature Requests
« Reply #13 on: May 21, 2016, 12:51:00 AM »
I have a simple request that I think would be very helpful.

When positioning the laser and setting home, it is somewhere between a guess and an estimation as to where the image will actually be etched.  What I would like you to implement is a button on the laser control page that will, at a high speed and low power, run a quick trace around the canvas frame.  In concept, it would be exactly like the setting that etches a frame around your picture, but it would do it 'on demand' and do it without actually etching anything.  For this feature, you could watch the trace and make sure everything is aligned where you think it is going to etch and that you have a good home, before you actually hit send and begin the etching. Basically, its a quick visual of the outside perimeter of your canvas.

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Re: Feature Requests
« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2016, 03:58:56 AM »
Isn't that the "trace frame" feature?