@nottingham82 Hello, yes I have found it. Now I should prepare then next week I am on travel; as I am back I will setup the plugin and see how it works.
Kind regards. Enrico
Hello again. Many thanks for the suggestion, now the hardware seems working with Elekslaser. I should only find what kind of software I will use to convert the images to gcode for the laser (Thinking to GRBL but not sure).
Thank you again, the biggest step now is done. Enrico
Thank you very much for your precious suggestions. I will try in a while (as My Windows10 machine has been restored). Me too saw that benbox is not software at all but it was just sufficient to make the roadtest of the laser device. Before this I have not yet used a laser as I was integrating 3D printed components with Mill Machined plastic or metal. Then I though that this machine was the case to be integrated in my set of tools as I create new electronics and make prototypes.
To be honest I almost disagree commercial products. Not because I want not to pay but because I am strongly oriented to OpenSource and OSHW as my project are too. But it will be interesting to take a look, maybe a very good software . For electronic circuits I have just bought Altium Circuit Studio and it costs a lot but it was the worth.
The point is that I lived like nomad for more than one year until a month ago and now I finally was able to re-establish in Spain where I live and setup a good working lab so laser is a needed tool.
I will keep you informed.
Thank you in advance. Enrico
Hi to all. I have a issue but I am not 100% sure if it depends on the controller. It seems so but maybe something else.
The scenario is the following:
I got a A5 Eleks laser cutter/engraver 2500mA in a DIY box by a Gearbest promoter to review it by the end of past year. I found it almost good and well done in its simplicity but essential and of good construction. For more details and my impressions as reviewer you can see the Instructables article here: GearBest-Laser-Engraver-DIY-Kit-Assembly-Instructi
As I already mention in the article and in other places the weak thing is the standard software provided by the distributore: Bembox. Is works with a lot of issues and many of the features and settings are not explained, requiring to spend a lot of time on the Internet to discover what can and what can't do based on the experiences of the users on the forums.
One of the most problematic features is to find the good average between the speed and laser intensity; I have the suspect that it is not managed correctly or not managed at all as well as the low light pilot to position correctly the laser before starting. I have not yet understood when it works and when it decide that it is not the worth.
Recently I have a couple of projects that absolutely need a laser engraving so I bought a bunch of perspex from Kitronic in UK. It is very good for laser engraving and works very well; no fusion, good lines etc.
In the meantime I downloaded the Eleks CAD that support - following the poor but clear - instructions - this Eleks machine. Installed the drivers, connected the machine, upgraded the firmware etc. At this point I experience the following issues:
These weird behaviour occurs almost randomly after resetting the Windows 7 machine, powering off/on the laser and trying a complete restart.
I focus at this point the attention on the board. I see that it is clearly a mana controller but it seems of a wrong series (or maybe an unauthorised clone?) The strange thing is a second button beside the power button that has not a clear usage. What I have discovered experimentally is that when the laser is always powered on low intensity (the guide light) with Bembox, this is the only way to disable this setting. But then the setting works only in some - unexplicable - conditions.
I have to publish an article on laser engraving / cutting on electroschematics.com (I am an accreditate author by a couple of years) but frankly I am not in the conditions to tell something good about this machine at the moment.
In attach an image of the Eleks board I am using. Someone has some further test to do? Should I replace this board with a new one?
Thank you in advance. Enrico
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