elekscam has not been worked on for about 6 months now. They have moved on to other projects. If you cant get it to run on your pc there are plenty of other options
If you plan on removing material i would recommend attaching an air assist to blow at the point the laser strikes to assist in removing that material as it is heated. Settings, depth of cut, and number of passes are specific to the material, your laser power, and your setup. I recommend starting with a scrap piece and using the sample files for speed and greyscale to help you determine power and speed. They are in t2 under help.
could be a bad usb cable or you may need to reinstall the drivers.
@Thom-Logue-II you assembled it correctly. if you want it bigger you can replace the belt tensioners with ones that exist outside the end pieces but you will need to 3d print lots of new pieces to get it to work. there are lots of kits out there and lots of different parts. not everything people say here will apply to your kit.
the two wire lasers get plugged into the the red motor port. I dont know much about the laser on issue. Im just a dumb user. so i dont know what they fixed. either the ttl laser board or the mana se boards. I cant really clarify. I dont have any new devices.
My xaxis would do this because it was too tight. i created this to stop adjust the tension. I 3d printed it. other options people have done are just drilling out the holes larger. If your wheel tension is not the problem other problems could be x axis belt tension (too tight or too loose). Improper xaxis voltage from the driver (should be .4 v) I would say that it seems odd that it only happened once on each burn but these things are weird sometimes.
this is caused by a missed step in the x axis. My xaxis would do this because it was too tight. i created this to stop adjust the tension. I 3d printed it. other options people have done are just drilling out the holes larger. If your wheel tension is not the problem other problems could be x axis belt tension (too tight or too loose). Improper xaxis voltage from the driver (should be .4 v) I would say that it seems odd that it only happened once on each burn but these things are weird sometimes.
Click the button shown in the picture below. Then type $$ you will get a readout of all your grbl settings $30 is the line for max laser power. Whatever it shows 255 or 1000 is the biggest number you can give it for power. As for foam. I hear it can be hard to cut. White is bad because it reflects the light so that im sure is not helping. If you are catching fire i would say either add air assist to keep the flames at bay or go faster and do more passes. You may also help yourself by putting a sharpie line down where you plan to cut. Sharpie will stop the reflecting.
yup no worries. I agree. I tried all the free softwares right off last year (ok that isnt true dang ive been doing this for a year and a half now.... time flies). None worked for me and elekscam hadnt been invented yet. T2 worked for me so I ponied up and payed for it ($39). Now I do alot of wine glasses and hydroflasks so I have to use t2 as it is one of the only softwares that works with a rotary axis. If I were starting out today I would probably stick with elekscam for the first month to get the hang of things before I branch out (mostly because I'm cheap and dont pay for software). After about a month if you keep with it you will probably grow out of elekscam. Lasergrbl, laserweb, t2laser, lightburn, bencut laser all do much better with greyscale and repeatable burns. I wasnt trying to influence your future efforts but was trying to answer your questions that you had lodged in your first post. thats why i kept my post short and to the point.
just type $2=1 in the gcode line at the bottom and hit send. In other programs you can type $$ to get it to show you all the setting but that doesnt do anything in elekscam. If that makes it more screwy you can reset it by typing $2=0
Set $2=1 That is the grbl setting to reverse only the x axis
I'm sorry you find elekscam special features "annoying". It is a free software that has not been actively developed and has not been updated for quite some time. If SVGs are coming out as nonsense well... that sucks. Suck it up and pay for a software that likes svgs and is being readily developed. You clearly do not want a work around. You want elekscam to work with the svg that it doesnt work with. That just wont happen. Sorry but dont expect a fix. I recommend you take a look at Lightburn software. Its free for the first month and I believe it supports svg. It is also under active development meaning there are fixes coming for bugs. After the first month I believe it is $30.
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