We have been a partner with Vectric on development of the new laser module for a couple of years now and we are happy to say they have released the new version. This new module will allow several new features in Vectric products to make it more compatible with our laser upgrade kits. In the past, we have been using Vectric with our lasers and post processors, but it has never been fully integrated.
There are three main new features in the laser module.
- Ability to add “laser tools” to the tool database.
- Addition of the “Laser Cut & FIll” Toolpath
- Addition of the “Laser Picture” Toolpath
We will cover these in detail, but it is noted that not all machines will be able to do the “Laser Picture” toolpath. You will need to have power control on your machine for this to be able to work. Machines that have GRBL controller (X Carve, Shapeoko3, Millright, ACRO, Openbuilds, etc.) will have the ability to do picture engraving. Others that do not have power control (Axiom, Mach3, Mach4, Laguna, Shopsabre, Camaster, etc.) will not be able to use the Laser Picture toolpath in the laser module. These machine will however be able to use the “laser tools” in the database and also the “Laser Cut & Fill” toolpath.
The GRBL_mm and the GRBL_inch post processors included in 10.5 versions of Aspire, V Carve, and Cut2D will work with GRBL machines with version 1.1f or higher firmware. We will present the new post processors here.
*Note* these are BETA post processors. Please contact [email protected] to report problems.
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GRBL 1.1 – No Z Dynamic Laser Mode (X Carve, Shapeoko3, etc)
Mach4 – Vector Laser Mode No Z
3D Printer (Using Fan Control M106/M107) with ARCS
ShopBot (Using OP5 Connection)
Mach3 – Standard M3
Mach3 – M10P1/M11P1 Direct Output
Here is an example of the laser tool in the database
The new laser toolpaths are in the toolpath tab.