EleksMaker A3 Pro

I am new to this; I bought the EKM A3 Pro over a year ago because i had a college 3D design class [paper, cardboard, clay media) in the spring semester (aced the class). Its summer and I have time; but the ELEKSCAM software is limited. Lightburn looks like the ticket (supports multiple file types; although I would suggest CorelDraw .cdr as an addition; sign companies make use of it); the forum looks helpful; but I don’t see a price posted for LightBurn.

I have read a lot of the other posts about frozen step motors, and of course a fix for the random laser on problem (thanks for that one); and the recommendation about upgrading the GRBL to 1.1f… okay.

As I said, Noob. I have searched for the definitive answer on upgrading my GRBL but the best i can get is a idea from several sources. But no singular, finite solution. My issues are very similar to Koreone07 from Germany so that is how I determined this is a common problem.

I think most EKM A3Pro users are going to find their way here because of the EleksCam software is not safe or sufficient.

Light burn reports… and confirms GRBL 0.9i

So how do I upgrade my GRBL without the step motors freezing?

Waiting for connection…
Waiting for connection…
Port opened, waiting for response.
Grbl 0.9i [’$’ for help]
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$0=10 (step pulse, usec)
$1=25 (step idle delay, msec)
$2=0 (step port invert mask:00000000)
$3=1 (dir port invert mask:00000001)
$4=0 (step enable invert, bool)
$5=0 (limit pins invert, bool)
$6=0 (probe pin invert, bool)
$10=3 (status report mask:00000011)
$11=0.010 (junction deviation, mm)
$12=0.002 (arc tolerance, mm)
$13=0 (report inches, bool)
$20=0 (soft limits, bool)
$21=0 (hard limits, bool)
$22=0 (homing cycle, bool)
$23=0 (homing dir invert mask:00000000)
$24=25.000 (homing feed, mm/min)
$25=500.000 (homing seek, mm/min)
$26=250 (homing debounce, msec)
$27=1.000 (homing pull-off, mm)
$100=100.000 (x, step/mm)
$101=100.000 (y, step/mm)
$102=400.000 (z, step/mm)
$110=5000.000 (x max rate, mm/min)
$111=5000.000 (y max rate, mm/min)
$112=5000.000 (z max rate, mm/min)
$120=200.000 (x accel, mm/sec^2)
$121=200.000 (y accel, mm/sec^2)
$122=200.000 (z accel, mm/sec^2)
$130=5000.000 (x max travel, mm)
$131=5000.000 (y max travel, mm)
$132=5000.000 (z max travel, mm)
ok

Did you look on the Lightburn website? You need the gCode license.

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Have you looked at our website? Pricing is covered there in detail. The license key required is based on the controller/firmware used to drive your system. In your case, to support the EleksMaker, you will need the GCode version ($40.00 USD).

LightBurn provides a dedicated feature voting site where users can request and vote for additions to LightBurn. Supporting Corel’s native file format has been suggested and it has been declined for the following reason:

From Oz @ LightBurn Voting Site: “This not possible. Corel does not document their format like the others do. Given how easy it is to export to AI or others from within Corel, this is a high-difficulty / low benefit task.” - https://lightburn.fider.io/posts/197/cdr-file-support

Others have found this a great resource for your setup.
http://wiki.eleksmaker.com/doku.php?id=elekslaser_a3_pro

As another member previously posted,

"Scroll down to the bottom "operating instructions" and follow that. Once you have it working in elekscam, it should work in lightburn. Follow the instructions to the letter and that will get you up and running…"

There is a facebook group for these types of machines on Facebook and quite a few people there use LightBurn, so they might be able to advise you more.

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