Laser Engraver Update for XY-Plotter V2.0

Laser Engraver Upgrade Pack is for XY Plotter Robot Kit V2.0, it can engrave by laser. It uses 405nm blue-violet laser as semiconductor laser. The max work area is 300mmx350mm, engrave accuracy could be 0.1mm. We would like to recommend wood board, colorful paper cards, dark opaque acrylic, etc as engrave/cutting material.
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https://grabcad.com/library/laser-version-for-xy-plotter-robot-kit-v2-0-1
Please wiring the electronic parts (pictured right) first.
Connect the Main control board (for example: Me Baseboard) with computer by USB and unpack the download files. ([Download here])

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Update the corresponding firmware according the mainboard type and run flush_firmware_for_makeblock_en.exe in the admin mode.

How to identify your main control board type? Check the back of mainboard to confirm the model. (For example we use Me Baseboard V1.0 here.)

Note: We occasionally get reports from users that Benbox is blocked by antivirus software during installation. This is because Benbox is not in the whitelist of the antivirus software. Please rest assured that Benbox is safe to download and install. Make sure to turn off the antivirus software before installing Benbox on your computer.

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Click “Refresh” button, select the port number and upgrade the firmware according your mainboard type. (We take Me Baseboard as example here, the same function as Leonardo, and click Leonardo flush firmware.)

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1 Sample 1- Engrave as vector-based Makeblock LOGO

Notice: Please make sure the wiring and software settings are correct before you begin to engrave. Turn on the Benbox, adjust the settings to let least-spot fallen onto the wood.

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(1) Connect the serial port and setup the config as shown below
(2) Open the Logo. bmp file as shown in Left Figure

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(3) Position the wood you want to engrave, select Outline as line style. Click Print button after location, select Curve option and click Tick button to start engraving.

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(4) Engrave image effect as shown below

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2 Sample 2- Engrave as raster-based Horse or scanning cartoon avatar

(1) Connect with serial port and setup the config as shown below:(Note: The bigger size of graphic or higher pixels it has, the longer time it will take)
①The slower speed, the higher precision ②The higher speed, the lower precision

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(2) Open the horse.bmp file as shown below

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(3) Position the wood to engrave and select Outline carve mode. Select Scan by Z-shaped option, choose Curve line style and click Tick button to start engraving.

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(4) Engrave effect image

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3. Sample 3- Engrave as vector-based – Engrave the fish

(1) Setup the vector engrave config as shown below
(2) Open the fish.dxf file belongs to Examples of material catalog. Please check the effect image blow. (Note: DXF preview don’t support zooming.)

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(3) Position the wood and select the Outline (Carve Mode) and Scan by Line (Line Style). Continue to select Print Button, select Outline (Carve Mode) option and Curve (Line Style). When all the configs are selected, click Tick button get started engraving.

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(4) Engrave image effect as shown below

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4 More engraved samples

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a) XY Plotter V2.0+ Laser Engraver Upgrade Pack

With the special designed Laser Engraver Upgrade Pack, XY Plotter V2.0 could upgrade to a laser engraver with maximum working area 300mm×350mm, precision 0.1mm. .
Compatibility: XY Plotter kit (servo mode, laser mode) ,mDrawBot (mScara, mCar, mEggBot, mSpider),
OS Environment: Windows, Mac, Linux
Supported File Type: *.svg, *.bmp (convert to *.svg)
Supported Engrave Materials: Wood boards, colorful paper cards, dark opaque acrylic, foam papers, dark cloth, leather, etc.
Supported Cutting Materials: Colorful paper cards, foam papers, etc.

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b) mDraw

b) mDraw

mDraw is a host computer software originally designed for 4-in-1 drawing robot mDrawBot, we developed the compatibility with XY Plotter 2.0 Servo mode and Laser mode.

Download:Examples of material
Download:XY Plotter V2.0 Laser Engraver Upgrade Pack User Guide – mDraw Version 1.0(English)
Download:XY绘图仪V2.0激光雕刻升级包用户使用手册-mDraw版 V1.0(CHS)

Software Download:mDraw(Mac)(New)

Software Download:mDraw(Windows)

Resources Download

Laser upgrade pack download (English)

Benbox_3.7.99

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Introduction
Assembly instructions
中文版使用手册
FAQ

36 thoughts on “Laser Engraver Update for XY-Plotter V2.0”

    1. Hi Osmanshaikh, since of the power limitation of Laser Engraver, which is 300/500W, it cannot engrave on granite stone. You can buy more powerful laser engraver to upgrade. XY support 20000W of laser engraver for maximum.

      1. Can you just plugin a heavier laser, I have a 2500w here. Or do you have to modify things and if so is this hardware or software?

        1. Hi WRBijl, do you want to say 2500mw? 2500W is impossible, during our normal test, it is not more than 2w. If it is 2500mw, you can give a try, please note that the positive and negative.

      2. I have purchase this machine
        Makeblock laser machine can work on flot glass. Eatchig and cut.

        Pls reply as soon as posibale.
        Massage are mail or contact.
        7742103310

        From
        Vikram
        Rajashthan, india
        7742103310

  1. I bought the upgrade, when and tried to lose the Benbox program (in every link posted on their website) my antivirs (Avast pro) detects Win32: Malware-gen. What is the problem?

    1. Hi Migul Gonzalez,
      We occasionally get reports from users that Benbox is blocked by antivirus software during installation. This is because Benbox is not in the whitelist of the antivirus software. Please rest assured that Benbox is safe to download and install. Make sure to turn off the antivirus software before installing Benbox on your computer.

  2. It works very well with mDraw. In a Mac.

    Two suggestions:

    It could be very helpfull a switch to switch off the laser. It could be in the box with the two cables.

    And it will be practical that you can disconnect the cable of the laser at any of the sides, at the laser suport or at the box with the electronics. When you are not using the laser, the cable some times get f stuck with the moving part of the ploter.

    1. Hi Edurado,

      Thanks for your suggestion, we will add it into the customer suggestion list and feedback to our company. Great Day!

  3. Hallo! We purchased 6 makeblocks XY-Plotter V2.0. We have problems with two PCB Orion.

    1. one PCB doesn’t send signals to stepper motors.
    – are there any service centres in Moscow, Russia?
    – can I send you a parcel with PCBs for servicing?

    2. second PCB doesn’t send signal to the laser (M2). The LED doesn’t blink.
    – how can I redirect laser signal from M2 to M1 ?

    1. Hi Sergey,

      Are you the re seller?
      There is no service center in Russia?
      As for the issue on the Orion board, did you verify it by switching the Orion board?
      Besides, please kindly send the receipt for purchasing the XY plotter kit to tec-support@makeblock.com

  4. hi
    i have a question i have a xy plotter with upgrade with the laser
    i install mdraw software in my mac and in work good but i dont have a text editor to write text…
    i see that the mlaser software have this option but i dont see avaible in mac platform

    is there some software can i use in mac to write text and sabe in *.svg

    thanks

    1. Hi Elias,

      What do you mean about the text editor. The mDraw or mLaser software itself cannot draw and generate a .svg file. You can only import the existed .svg file into the mDraw or mLaser spftware, then control the XY plotter or mLaser to draw/engrave the image.
      As for the software which can transfer the jpg or bmp file into the .svg file, you can use the Inkscape software. You can download the package instruction (include the instruction to use the inkscape) in this link:http://learn.makeblock.com/en/xy-plotter-robot-kit/

  5. Il y a de possible de transmets tout mes date en français svp
    Le Laser Engraver pour le XY-Plotter Robot kit V2.0 et terminé.
    Maintenant il me faut le logiciel complet pour le mise en route
    Alors aide moi de envoyé tout.
    Merci d’avance
    J v Woudenberg

  6. This have been a great project and product. The assembly documentation was superb. My six year old and I put this together and had lots of fun.

  7. Hallo! I broke PCB and have changed it with new “me orion(based on arduino uno) v1”, which you sent me.
    I connect BenBox V3.7.99 via port COM12. It’s Success.
    I click on PLAY button, nothing changes. Point in the BenBox doesn’t move, motors don’t move.
    what can I do?

    1. Hi Sergey,

      Have you upgrade firmware for the XY plotter with Benbox after connected?
      Besides, you may need connect the COM port again after the firmware is upgrade successfully.

    1. Hi, Jake,
      Sorry we are afraid that we don’t have enough ability to recommend Non-Makeblock branded product for you.
      Best,
      Makeblock

    1. Hi, KingRidley,
      Benbox is compatible with other machines. However, Benbox is not developed by Makeblock. Please visit Benbox’s website for further information.
      Best regards,
      Makeblock

  8. Hi, I’ve purchased Makeblock Mini XY Laser Engraver Kit from your partner in Turkey (robotistan.com). I’m really disappointed because I can’t find any documentation, or support for assembly.. Can you please provide me with some documentation. I saw the short Youtube clip but it doesn’t make sense due to the lack of quality (speed, recording angle, lack of details, etc) of the film. I need a manuel or assembly document.

    Best
    Cenker

    1. Dear Cenker,
      Unfortunately, the video tutorial is the only assembly instruction we have for this kit. The Mini XY Laser Engraver is a DIY project, so we have limited information and support about it.Sorry we don’t have the manual assembly document for users. All the information we could provide regarding this project has been listed on this link.
      Best regards,
      Makeblock

  9. My XY Plotter don`t work with benbox.
    It don`t moves and the laser also not react.
    The port is avaiable.
    I install everything form the description:
    – arduino 1.8.5. and choose board leonardo
    – flush firmware for leonardo
    – benbox 3.7.99
    here i use the UNO(328p) withe the “makeblock-328p-20141225.hex” firmware
    – mDraw
    – Makeblock Driver

    What i have made wrong or what i have forgotten?

    Thanks

    1. Dear Manuel,
      The Orion board is based on Arduino UNO, please choose board Arduino UNO rather than Leonardo. Please let me know if it works for you.
      Best regards,
      Makeblock

  10. hey i have purchase one engrave diy 500mw from chinna but i dont have the software. they give me wrong software with chinnese sub, i dont really understad. some one can help me give me the software ? laser engrave diy 500mw
    please

    1. Dear Philips,
      Which software are you referring to? Do you mean Benbox or LaserBot? Are you using the 500mW laser on XY plotter?
      Best regards,
      Makeblock

  11. hi all I bought the XY plotter through endurance robotics/lazer ive installed benbox the lazer worked the following day got nothing to work benbox says its connected to com4 the board flashes and makes a noise when I open benbox but nothing works

    1. Dear Chris,
      Our tech support crew has followed up your case via e-mail.
      Best regards,
      Makeblock

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