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Homemade Engraver Software

Postby bdring » Sun Dec 20, 2009 11:59 pm

Here is my test program for my homemade engraving controller. This runs on the PC and talks to the XMOS controller. It was written in the free version of VB.NET 2008. It talks to the controller over Ethernet in this version, because of the parts I had available. It may be USB in the future. My build log has a link to full size image.

I think the basic features are complete. Am I missing anything?

I just need to clean-up some of the image streaming code, then it is ready to test. The controller PWM is 3.3V so that will limit my max power, but it will probably work for testing.

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Re: Homemade Engraver Software

Postby lasersafe1 » Mon Dec 21, 2009 1:47 am

As I posted on the main build log: Wow! Looks amazing. Beginning to wish I didn't just fork over $475 for the DSP controller.

I think you should put some pushbutton X Y and Z jog switches on it. You may want to add Z to your direct entry as well. You might want to zero it at present focus and then do a direct Z move based on material thickness.

I'm looking forward to seeing the laser output!
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Re: Homemade Engraver Software

Postby bdring » Mon Dec 21, 2009 1:54 am

Yes,

Jogging is definitely needed, but not for testing, so it has gone down the priority list.
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Re: Homemade Engraver Software

Postby blomker » Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:12 am

Hi Bart,

I wonder what happened to this project? I am still contemplating to invest in a $500USD DSP Controller :)
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Re: Homemade Engraver Software

Postby doxter14 » Wed Mar 25, 2015 1:53 pm

bdring wrote:Here is my test program for my homemade engraving controller. This runs on the PC and talks to the XMOS controller. It was written in the free version of VB.NET 2008. It talks to the controller over Ethernet in this version, because of the parts I had available. It may be USB in the future. My build log has a link to full size image.

I think the basic features are complete. Am I missing anything?

I just need to clean-up some of the image streaming code, then it is ready to test. The controller PWM is 3.3V so that will limit my max power, but it will probably work for testing.

engr_test_01_small.jpg


bdring, your project is very very interesting. Can you send me source code of your Engraving Test Program ? but if you have the serial port option. network controller is not bad so I can add another option for serial port settings. thanks
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Re: Homemade Engraver Software

Postby Techgraphix » Fri Mar 27, 2015 3:22 pm

Looking very pro and usefull, Bart!

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