I know this probably isn’t up your ally but maybe you can help, yesterday my Eleks servo motors were working just fine and then all of a sudden they quit after it made a cut I tired to move them with the back and forth buttons and nothing I did worked I looked on the Eleks forum and they talked about the Micro USB cable can go bad so I bought another one and its still not working, the laser comes on when I change screen but no movement, what do you think? the error I'm getting is Still work in Running mode How do I get around this??
You can use International Rectifier IRLR7843 (HEXFET Power MOSFET). I would strongly recomment attaching a heatsink to the mosfet.
I had the same problem as you on my board (arrived faulty) and replaced it with mosfet above. I would strongly recommend attaching a decent heatsink to the mosfet.
Given that the design of the board is weak with no overcurrent protection, no soft start etc. I have decided not to use the board for the spindle motor other than for very light tasks. As most tasks require you to set a speed once I decided to attach an off board speed controller with manual speed control and some protection built in.
@chazza I will reach out. T2Laser supports Z-axis (CNC Mode) and it also supports Gerber files used for PCB design, something I don't think you'll find with any other software. Alternatively you can import DXF files and use those for machining and drilling.
@mkfarver There are many reasons, I suggest you use XLoader and see what the error is. It's probably "out of sync" which means the boot loader is corrupt and you'll need to fix it with Arduino IDE and AVR programmer or replace the Nano.
@Kis-Gellért Unless you require the old firmware for some reason (like CoreXY machine or servo support) I recommend using my Grbl 1.1e DEFAULT as it is more reliable and provides faster / smoother motion control and allows more features in T2Laser to work (axis calibration, rotary mode, home switches, dynamic laser power and real time overrides etc).
@Kevin-Harte Elekscam locks the port, if you've been using it you must close and reboot to release the port so other software such as T2Laser can operate correctly. T2Laser only temporarily locks the port when in the laser controller screen, then it automatically releases it and you don't need to reboot.
If your Windows 10 is fully updated, EleksCam should work just fine. It did for me. If EleksCam is giving you trouble in your Windows 10 environment, don't waste your time. In my opinion, EleksCam is basic software to prove to that your EleksMaker laser engraver works. It's really basic software, I think. I'm new to this mode of creative output, but I could tell that I wanted more potential than what EleksCam was going to deliver.
When it comes to niche-non-commercial software, good technical support is incredibly valuable and rare. I noticed that the developer of T2Laser, (username Zax) is an active participant of this message board and at least one other. I immediately tried T2Laser in trial mode. I needed some, ha! A LOT of help, to get thinks going properly and Zax was excellent.
10 out of 10 times, I'd abandon free EleksCam for T2Laser (not free) and Zax!