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A Simple Way to Create Object Outline with Beam Studio’s “Offset” Feature

Create Object Outline with Beam Studio

Beam Studio’s new “Offset” feature can help makers quickly add layering effects to their designs.

To create customized handcrafts in any shape is now as easy as ever. I’ll demonstrate this in a few steps below. 

First, make sure you have the latest v1.1.8 version of Beam Studio. If not, Download Here

Create Object Outline with Beam Studio 1

 

Then, prepare your image file. The image format needs to be turned into SVG or DXF files. You may choose a free SVG file from this site https://www.flaticon.com/ or draw your own object with Adobe Illustrator. 

Now you’re all set for the step-by-step tutorial! 

 

Step 1: Open Beam Studio and click the image icon to import the image. 

Click image with Beam Studio

 

You may rename Layer 1 as “Engraving” for easy editing.

Engraving with Beam Studio

Engraving with Beam Studio

Once the image is imported, you’ll be asked to select a layering style. Here I will select “Layer/Color,” to give my object a more 3D look.

Select Layer/color with Beam Studio

After selecting the layering style, you’d see the object in black. 

Editing with Beam Studio

Please note that if you choose “Layer/Color” as I do, your object will be in black like mine, but if you choose “Single Layer,” your object will be in white as its shown below on the right.

Single Layer with Beam Studio

 

Step 2: Drag to select the image on the engraving layer and click “Ungroup”

Click ungroup with Beam Studio

Engraving with Beam Studio

 

Step 3: Create another layer, rename it as “Cutting” and move the layer down. 

Rename it as cutting with Beam Studio

Edit with Beam Studio

Edit with Beam Studio

 

Step 4: On the cutting layer, drag your mouse to select the whole object (do no just click on the image).

Edit with Beam Studio

 

Step 5: Now activate the “Offset” function by clicking “Edit” > “Path” > “Offset.” 

Edit with Beam Studio

 

Step 6: Adjust the desirable “Offset Direction”, “Corner”, and “Offset Distance”, then click “Confirm” to create the object outline. 

Edit with Beam Studio

 

Step 7: The “Offset” function now forms the outline that you can set for cutting.

Offset function with Beam Studio

 

Step 8: Make sure the image is on the correct layer.

You may click the eye off to make sure the image is on the correct layer. 

Click the eye off with Beam Studio

When clicking the eye off in the engraving layer, the image remains onscreen is in the cutting layer. 

On screen with Beam Studio

When clicking the eye off on the cutting layer, the image remains onscreen is in the engraving layer. 

Engraving layer with Beam Studio

 

Step 9: Select the optimal parameters for each layer 

Engraving layer: Wood – Monochromic Engraving (Power 30%, Speed 180mm/s). 

Monochromic Engraving with Beam Studio

Cutting layer: Wood – 3mm Cutting (Power 55%, Speed 5mm/s) 

Wood with Beam Studio

 

Step 10: Put your selected wood board in the machine and click “Export” at the upper right corner to start cutting & engraving. Your work should be ready in 3 minutes!

Start cutting and engraving with Beam Studio

 

Now we are ready for the finished product! 

When activating the “Offset” feature, if you choose “Layer/Color” as I do, your result should have the same effect as my airplane on the right below. But, if you choose “Single Layer” instead, your result will look like the airplane on the left.

Single Layer with Beam Studio

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Craft your Christmas Gift with beamo, DIY Christmas gifts in simple Steps

Craft Your Christmas Gift With Beamo

DIY Christmas Gifts

Jingle bells ring!

This holiday season, why not make your own gifts! With beamo, you can make unique Christmas gifts in a few simple steps for your family and friends.

Ingredient You Need:

Following Steps:

Step one: select the image you want to engrave on the gift

make sure beamo and Beam Studio are connected

Step two: make sure beamo and Beam Studio are connected

While using Beam Studio, push the camera icon to connect to beamo’s WiFi.

Make sure beamo and Beam Studio using the same WiFi network.

place the image at the right position by using built-in camera in beamo

Step three: place the image at the right position by using built-in camera in beamo

Once the beamo and Beam Studio connected, you can use the camera to view your working area.

By adjusting the image on Beam Studio, you can easily place the image at the right position of the item.

Step four: select the speed and power to craft your gift

There is a panel that you can choose a suitable speed and power based on different materials.

push START and your gift will be done

Step five: push START and your gift will be done




Happy Lunar New Year | DIY Paper Cutting of Window Decoration

DIY Paper Cutting Of Window Decoration with Beamo

Have you ever thought that New Year’s elements can be combined with laser engraving?

2020 is coming. Are you ready to get rid of the old stuff?

To celebrate 2020 Lunar New Year, FLUX has created four exquisite, high-quality window paper cuttings for FLUXers to refresh the house decoration.

This year, let’s make it happen!

 

Material: Red Linen Paper

Thickness: 0.15mm

There are four types of paper cutting decorations, each of which has its unique meaning for Lunar New Year.
1. spring

Celebrate the spring is coming!

Laser-cutting time: 10~15 minute

Happiness

2. happiness

Best wishes for 2020!

Laser-cutting time: 20~25 minute

Blessing

3. blessing

A good blessing for the family in 2020!

Laser-cutting time: 10~15 minute

Fortune

4. fortune

Look forward to a big fortune in 2020!

Laser-cutting time: 10~15 minute

Useful Tips For “Vectorize” Laser Carving

Useful Tips For “Vectorize” Laser Carving

You can select the “Vectorize” function in Beam Studio to modify the carving paths, and it will greatly reduce the engraving time.

Follow these three simple tips and start carving:
  1. Place the file to the working area and click the image
  2. Click “Edit”-> “Image”-> “Vectorize” in the upper left corner of the software
  3. Turn off the button of “Infill” 

vectorize with beam studio

paper cutting with beam studio

flux laser cutter and beam studio

 

It is easy to make a paper cutting of window decoration with FLUX laser cutter and Beam Studio. 

Take advantage of the New Year holidays to refresh your house!

 

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Add Authenticity to your works with Beam Studio’s Built-In “Image Trace” Function

Add Authenticity to your works with Beam Studio’s Built-In “Image Trace” Function

FLUX’s built-in software Beam Studio comes with a brilliant “Image Trace” function that can keep your original pen strokes and add a more personal touch to your artworks. For a quick demonstration, I’ll show you how I make a personalized keychain by using the “Image Trace” function.

Things you’d need to DIY a signature keychain:
  • 1 piece of paper
  • 1 marker
  • Desired material for your keychain charm
  • 1 keyring 
  • beamo
Step 1: Sign your signature on a clean and unpatterned paper with a black marker

Sign your signature on a clean

Step 2: Scan the paper with beamo
  1. Place the paper in beamo and click the camera icon for the “Camera Preview”

Scan the paper with beamo

     

      2. Click the “Image Trace” button in the upper left corner

Click the Image Trace

Click the Image Trace in the upper left corner

     

      3. Select a starting preset to trace the image

Select a starting preset

     

      4. Adjust the optimal parameter for engraving

 Adjust the optimal parameter

Put the selected material in beamo

Step 3: Put the selected material in beamo and set up a suitable parameter for engraving, in my case, a 3mm wood board

One of the optimal parameters for engraving wood boards is power 30% and speed 100mm/s.

Design the keychain outline

Step 4: Design the keychain outline

Create another layer and use the preset parameter in Beam Studio “wood- 3mm cutting”, which is power 60% and speed 6 mm/s.

Assemble the engraved signature charm with a keyring

Step 5: Assemble the engraved signature charm with a keyring and your special signature keychain is ready to go.

Assemble the engraved signature charm with a keyring

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How To Make Your Own Gift Box In 5 Simple Steps

How To Make Your Own Gift Box In 5 Simple Steps

gift box using your FLUX laser cutter

It’s time to customize a gift box using your FLUX laser cutter. Don’t know how to design a 3D box?

Don’t worry – with Beam Studio and free online resources, you can make your own gift box in 5 easy steps.

The idea is simple: you’ll design the box by selecting preset options, import the file to Beam Studio, and your FLUX laser cutter will help you create a box that’s uniquely yours.

STEP 1:Go to Makercase.

Link:https://www.makercase.com/

You can use the “select language” list to set your language preferences.

Go to Makercase

STEP 2:Select the design you like. 

In this tutorial, we picked the basic box option.

  1.   Units setting:Choose inch or millimeter (mm)
  2. Set the length, width, and height.
  3.   Measure the thickness of the material you will be using and fill in the value.
  4.   Select with or without the lid.
  5.   Select the type of edge joints.
  6.   Set the finger size.

Select the design you like

STEP 3:Download and import the file.

  1.   Click “Download Box Plans”, adjust the settings and download the file. (Both SVG and DXF file works in Beam Studio)
  2. Open Beam studio and import the file.

Download and import the file

STEP 4:Start printing!

  1.   Place the material in your FLUX laser cutter (beamoBeambox or Beambox Pro)
  2.   Use the focus bar to set the focus. If you’re not sure how, please visit our Support Center 
  3.   Use Camera Preview to make sure the design is aligned. 
  4. Set the parameters and click “GO”, your personalized box is just minutes away!

Place the material in your FLUX laser cutter

Place the material in your laser cutter

FLUX laser cutter

STEP 5: Put it together

Turn the collection of box pieces into an actual gift box by putting the pieces together.

collection of box pieces into an actual gift box

LOOKING FOR MORE IDEAS?

We invite FLUXers to join our Facebook community and share your creations online with us! You will also find inspiration from other members.



Dream It, Design It STEM Event for Grade Schools | Fluxspace

Fluxspace

Dream It, Design It! is a brand-new STEM event designed to help students to address real-world needs and utilize the design thinking process on a variety of topics. Its 1st event was held on Jan. 28th, 2020, at Fluxspace (56 Buttonwood Street, Norristown, PA USA). Check out how beamo and Beambox Pro played an essential role in this event.

 

In partnership with Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, Fluxspace hosted a “Dream It, Design It” challenge. More than 40 students in 4th and 5th grade were presented with a design challenge in which they had to work as a team to design an innovative and collaborative outdoor learning environment.

Fluxspace hosted a “Dream It, Design It” challenge Students used the FLUX laser cutters to quickly create small-scale rough prototypes

 

Students designed and then created prototypes of how they think this space could look like. Students used the FLUX laser cutters to quickly create small-scale rough prototypes of what furniture and structures could be used in the outdoor space. Students then presented their ideas to a panel, and a winner was selected based on creativity, functionality, and sustainability.

Students using the FLUX laser cutters Students operates FLUX laser cutter

 

Students were able to get hands-on experience on how to operates a laser cutter and enjoy a creative handcrafted experience with beamo.

Students using FLUX laser cutter Students operates FLUX laser cutter

 

Designed for learning, Fluxspace is a place that provides opportunities for students, educators, and industry professionals to work together and create a more collaborative and forward-thinking community and workforce. 

STEM events Fluxspace regularly holds different STEM events

 

Fluxspace regularly holds different STEM events and professional developments for educators on subjects such as VR, 3D printing, Laser Cutting, Coding, etc. Check out their next event HERE

Get the latest info on STEM lessons at STEM Camp EDU.

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Laser Engraving Wood Crafts | 3 Ways To Prevent Burn Marks

Laser Engraving Wood Crafts | 3 Ways To Prevent Burn Marks

     When using a CO2 laser engraver/cutter to work on wood, smoke or burn marks may appear on the edges. Though the stains are difficult to avoid, they are not completely unavoidable. Here are 3 ways to prevent the edges of the wood from getting stained. 

     1.Cover the wood surface with masking tape

     Before you start engraving on wood, cover the working area with masking tape. The masking tape will prevent the edges of the engraving from getting stained and will not leave any residue behind. This is a common method not only because the tape is cheap and at hand, but also because masking tape can be easily removed, leaving no trace on your creations. Give it a try next time when working on wood materials. 

 

Adjust the focus of the laser to an optimal distance

While the upper wood engraving is covered by masking tape, the lower one is not, causing obvious burn marks on the one without masking tape. 

     2. Adjust the focus of the laser to an optimal distance

    An optimal distance of laser focus will keep the burn marks at bay while still allowing for fine results. There is no worry about how to adjust an optimal distance of laser focus for varied types of wood materials. Try out different focus settings to see what works best. With the built-in autofocus system in FLUX beamo, you can easily find the right focus without the hassle. After the adjusted focus, you will find your works clearer and better.

     3. Testing various types of wood in advance

     Different kinds of wood have different optimal working speed and power. Certain types of wood get burned easily, this usually has more to do with the glue binders embedded in the material rather than the original property of the wood. The glue binders cause more smoke and burn stains when being laser processed. It is advised to test the speed and power in advance to reduce burn marks on wood crafts. The Material Testing Suite in Beam Studio that comes with different working speed and power combinations enables users to test out the parameters on the material, so you can determine the combination that best suits your needs.

When working on wood next time, give these tips a try and make your creations better!

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Guide For Choosing The Right Laser Cutter

Guide For Choosing The Right Laser Cutter

Beambox cut and engrave

 

One of the most frequently asked questions we get from our customers is what materials can Beambox cut and engrave. So let’s talk about this laser cutting technology, and from a machining perspective, different types of laser and what they’re commonly used. for. 

The major part of the laser cutter is the laser beam, the beam determines wavelength and power, therefore determines the material that it can cut or engrave. There are three main types of lasers used in laser cutting, solid-state laser, fiber laser, and CO2 laser.

 

 

Solid-State Laser

 

1. Solid-State Laser

Solid-state lasers, one of the most ancient techniques, use a crystalline or glass rod which is “doped” with ions that provide the required energy states. The most common two are diode laser and Nd:YAG laser. 

 A laser diode is a semiconductor device similar to a light-emitting diode in which the laser beam is created at the diode’s junction. You usually see this technique in CD/DVD/Blu-ray disc reading/recording and laser pointers. Usually, the power of diode laser is lower than 10W, for instance, the laser engraving module of FLUX Delta+ uses a 200mW diode laser. The low power, slow engraving speed, and the dark color of the results, making diode laser ideal for small quantities of non-metal engraving. 

 

Nd:YAG laser uses neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet as an active laser medium with a wavelength of 523 / 1064 nm. This wavelength can be easily absorbed by metal, so it is suitable for metal engraving, but not for non-metal engraving. A higher spec of this laser can operate in pulse mode to adjust the color of its results on metal. The laser power is usually smaller compared to other types of laser, but it is more powerful and faster than diode laser, so it is ideal for metal engraving.  Most laser marking machines we see use an Nd:YAG laser, very suitable for large-quantities and small-area metal marking in factories. 

2. Fiber Laser

Fiber lasers are a type of solid-state laser that is rapidly growing within the metal cutting industry. Fiber lasers are pumped by semiconductor laser diodes, it supports high output power because of the fiber’s high surface area to volume ratio, which allows efficient cooling. The fiber laser is suitable for metal engraving and cutting, but not for non-metal (except for engineering plastics based on resins). Though this type of laser is more pricey, the high optical quality and speed make it an ideal choice for commercial metal marking and cutting.

3. CO2 Laser

 

 CO2 Laser

 

The carbon dioxide laser was one of the earliest gas lasers to be developed, in this type of laser, the electricity runs through a gas-filled tube, to produce light.

40W – 150W CO2 Laser:

The wavelength of this laser is 10640 nm, can be absorbed by most organic materials, so it is very suitable for cutting and engraving on non-metals, including wood, leather, paper, acrylic, rubber and more. Glass, rocks, anodized aluminum can be engraved on. When a 50W machine operating at full power, the temperature of the focus point is close to 300° C, materials with a higher melting point cannot be cut, but if covered with a special coating, even metals like stainless steel, titanium can be marked.

1000W+ High Power CO2 Laser

CO2 laser also comes in 1000W – 5000W, and it can cut metal as well. This technique is more developed than others, the results and precision is better than fiber laser though it is more power-consuming.

 

Beambox CO2 laser

 

Conclusion

Let’s take a look at the awesome chart that sums up this article.

Non-metal engraving
(marking)

Non-metal cutting

Metal engraving
(marking)

Metal cutting

Small
quantity.

Diode laser

CO2 Laser

CO2 Laser

Factory

CO2 Laser

Fiber Laser

Factory

Large
quantity

CO2 Laser

CO2 Laser

Nd:YAG Laser

Fiber Laser

High-power CO2 laser

Fiber Laser

One Last Thing

Beambox and Beambox Pro is the latest product FLUX proudly presents, a 40W / 50W desktop CO2 laser cutter that is perfect for laser etching and cutting on non-metal materials. Beambox comes with a camera alignment feature, a super active user community and an in-house software that supports Windows 7+ / Mac OS X / Linux, and with our special coating, you can also engrave on metal! Beambox is the best choice for designers, makers, schools, and studios who want to make full use of the laser technology to turn their ideas to life, at a very reasonable price.  Please click here for more details.



A Deep Dive Into FLUX beamo and Beam Studio | 3D Engraving Tips

Deep Dive Into FLUX Beamo And Beam Studio

Want to create an exquisite fine-tuned artwork with a laser cutter?

But don’t know how to start?

No worries!

There are several easy tips to learn and implement on your creations provided by one of our amazing users – Declan Cheng.

 

FLUX beamo and Beam Studio

FLUX beamo

 

He magically turned a piece of normal wood pallet into a masterpiece of Malaysia Petronas Twin Tower.

In the video, he describes how to operate Beam Studio in detail and use FLUX beamo to maximum advantage.

It’s great for every user of FLUX laser cutter, even the beginners, to learn the tips and create your own artworks.

Discover the unknown mysterious tips hidden in Beam Studio and create a more fine-tuned masterpiece on your own!

After watching the video, it will greatly help refine your artwork into 3D engraving creation.

 

Go check out Declan Cheng’s YouTube channel to find out more laser engraving and cutting tips in the video.

 

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Beam Studio 1.1.7

Beam Studio 1.1.7

Fix:
1. Fixed Network testing sticking bug in windows.
2. Fixed bugs when cropping downsampled image.
3. Fixed bugs when disassemble resized imported svg.

Added:
1. New Line when Text Editing: When Preferences > Text To Path > Optimization is on, Press Shift key + Enter key to change line.





Beam Studio 1.1.8

Beam Studio 1.1.8

Fix:

1. Fixed cutting unexpected path of vectorized images.

2. Fixed unexpected text translation after rotation.