Laser in Tool Database

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Laser in Tool Database

Postby BArnold » Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:33 am

I've searched for previous posts like this and haven't found an answer, so bear with me.

I'm using VCarvePro v9.5 to create drawings for my new laser install on my CNC. I've been using a regular engraving bit tool to create my gcode and it's working fine. Then, I saw that there is a provision to set an actual Laser engrave "tool", so I set some parameters and saved it. When I go to my drawing, I see the tool in the database when setting up a 'cut', but it doesn't allow me to use the Laser tool. It's in the list but can't be chosen. What am I missing?
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Re: Laser in Tool Database

Postby Adrian » Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:41 am

Guessing it's meant to be used with the Laser versions of the software and the new addons coming later that were announced at the UGMs so it won't do anything in the standard versions?
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Re: Laser in Tool Database

Postby Uzumati » Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:47 pm

Vectric mentioned a laser module “coming soon” so I guess that is what it is for. I have mine set up as an end mill currently and it work fine with the quick engrave toolpath. I am eagerly awaiting the release of the laser module to see what functionality it adds.
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Re: Laser in Tool Database

Postby BArnold » Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:43 pm

Uzumati wrote:Vectric mentioned a laser module “coming soon” so I guess that is what it is for. I have mine set up as an end mill currently and it work fine with the quick engrave toolpath. I am eagerly awaiting the release of the laser module to see what functionality it adds.


I had not heard about a 'laser module' coming down the road.

I've been defining an engraving bit with parameters that are working just fine. I define the 'Flat' of the tool to be the size of the laser point.

When I saw the 'Laser' option when defining a new tool, I thought it would be a good way to store information about engraving on different materials.
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Re: Laser in Tool Database

Postby steve596 » Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:26 pm

would this work on a 2 axis rig then as I am using an actual laser rig not a 3 axis cnc will the z just be ignored
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Re: Laser in Tool Database

Postby BArnold » Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:10 am

steve596 wrote:would this work on a 2 axis rig then as I am using an actual laser rig not a 3 axis cnc will the z just be ignored


Not knowing the specifics of your setup, I cant answer for sure.

I use VCarvePro 9.5 to create my drawings and the J-Tech PP that eliminates any Z movement to create gcode.
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