@alex-berardi Your laser will work with other boards just ignore the temp monitor pin, the EleksMaker products are good quality especially their laser modules. I do use their Mana board on my laser but prefer others for my CNC.
@JPeterson That's a software bug, if you must use the obsolete Elekscam search the forum as they posted a patch for the program but be warned it changes your system settings and will affect all software on your PC.
I wrote T2Laser as a much better alternative, it doesn't require all those extra programs to be loaded and includes everything you need in one package (device driver, firmware, G-code generator and sender). It also has many more advanced features and is extremely stable. There is a free trial on my website.
@Ant25518 There are 2 simple steps, and everything required is included with the T2Laser install.
Click Help / Install CH340 Driver
Select the COM port and click connect.
I have a getting started guide and video on my website. You can then verify the machine is working, and if you decide to use T2Laser then you can update the firmware to my Grbl 1.1e DEFAULT for better performance.
@steven-d Elekscam has so many known bugs and issues, it's been obsolete and unsupported for years which is why it only works with the older firmware. They claimed a replacement was being written but I doubt that will ever happen, I offered to do them a deal so they could include T2Laser which is known to work well and be stable but they said no.
Well all up and going with T2 software. Am amazed at what i can do already. Put my logo on 8 cutting boards and about 10 bowls. Tedted a few pen blanks. Tried cutting some paper as well. So happy with it.
@giscan44 You do not say what power laser you have, 3mm ply is possible with 5.5W but needs several passes and air assist to prevent burning. If you add Z-axis to the machine you can use a lightweight spindle for cutting purposes.