Turning my 3D-Printer into a Laser Engraver 5: Basic Slicing

With the new understanding of basically only needing two-and-a-half commands (Turning the laser on and off, moving the laser), it was time to actually turn an image into instructions to get my first real test run going. Qt has a build in image class¬† QImage¬† which provides some good features and is apparently “designed and optimized …

Turning my 3D-Printer into a Laser Engraver 4: G-code

Before it’s possible to turn images into instructions to the machine, those instructions need to be understood. Luckily, G-code, the name and format of those instructions, is very easy to get into. G-code is plaintext and somewhat human readable. Reminiscent of assembly language to a degree, but, as far as I can tell, contains no …

Turning my 3D-Printer into a Laser Engraver 3: GUI

This post briefly discusses my choices regarding language and frameworks for building the Slicer GUI. It contains little technical information. My first instinct in building the application was to use Qt with C++. I’ve used this a little bit before and always found it quite pleasant. This idea was thrown into the wind when I …