FABOOL Software Manual

How to use FABOOL Software

How to Use the Software / Features

In this section, we introduce features in each page of FABOOL Software.

Login Page

Go to http://fabool.smartdiys.com/ on Google Chrome or FireFox.

English version of software is now released. If you are using browser in English, the software will be shown in English automatically.

Log in with email, Facebook, or Google+, whichever you signed up with.

software login page

Main Page

In this page, you can import and modify processing data, change settings of processing parameters (laser output and head speed), control start and stop.

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  1. Editing Tools
    Icons such as importing,, copy, delete, undo, and others are all here.
  2. Canvas
    Imported data appears here and you can move/scale/rotate with drop & drag.
    *Left upper part in the canvas area is the origin. Origin of the machine is where the laser head returns.
  3. Settings for Processing Parameters:
    Sets processing parameters (laser output:0~100%, speed of laser head:0~8,000 mm/min) for each imported data, and for each color for SVG data.
    *To repeat same motion for cutting purpose, click on [Add JOB] and set parameters.
  4. Settings for Projects
    Select the machine you are using and set maximum processing area for x-axis and y-axis direction.
  5. Settings for Objects
    Enter values for size and angle to adjust the imported data.
    *You can also make adjustments directly on the canvas with drag&drop.
  6. Motion Control
    In addition to start, pause, and stop, check processing area before process starts.
    *Import the data and click on [Check Boundary] to see the laser head moves along the boundary.
  7. Display/Change Project Name
    Show the name of project currently open. Click on the name to change the name.
  8. Status Bar:
    – Connection status (left): Shows connection status as “Connected” or “Not Connected”. If driver is not installed, it will show “No Driver”.
    – Safety system status (right): Shows status of Foot switch of FABOOL Laser Mini, or of door switch if you are using protection cover.
  9. Links:Links for the following
    – Menu:List of project and Logout
    – Notification: Notifies errors
    – Help: Trouble shooting and links for contact

From Importing Data to Start Cutting/Engraving

This section explains the procedure from importing data using FABOOL Software to start operating FABOOL Laser Mini. This includes how to set parameters for each color and repeated processing by “adding path”.

Please use the following sample processing data for trial.

Download these two sample data, open ZIP files and save.

  • Download sample data (1) for vector processing here.
  • Download sample data (2) for raster processing here.
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    Power and USB Connection

    Put power cable into the machine body. Connect the machine and PC with a USB cable.

    Adjusting the Height of Laser Head

    Place processing material underneath the FABOOL Laser Mini, and adjust the height with height adjustment acrylic laser head.
    *If you ordered through crowdfunding, use the drawing paper or balsa wood included in the initial kit.
    *For height adjustment, see corresponding section in the assembly manual.

    Open New Project

    Click on “Create New Project” from the menu on main page, enter a name of project and click on “Create”.

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    Selecting Machine (Setting Processing Area)

    Click the wheel picture on upper right on the main page to select the machine, and set the maximum processing area for x-axis and y-axis direction.
    *The picture below is the capture when using FABOOL Laser Mini.

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    Importing Sample Processing Data (1)

    Click on “Import” in the edit toolbar in the main page and import to the canvas the sample data (1) you downloaded earlier.

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    Click and select the data on canvas, and move or scale it by drag&drop.
    Or, while selecting the data on canvas, you can set the size, position, and more in “Settings for Objects” on the right side of the page.

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    Importing Sample Processing Data (2)

    Next, import sample data (2) and put it on the canvas without overlapping both images.

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    Checking Processing Area

    Click on the “Check boundary” on motion control bar to check the processing area.

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    Setting Processing Parameters

    Set the laser output and head speed for each data in the parameter setting, (Only for SVG it is possible to set different parameters for different colors. For DXF and other image data, you cannot set specific parameters for each color.

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    *Sample data (1) contains black and pink. You can make settings to not cut the black lines and but the pink line with repeated process.
    For repeated process, click on “add path”. For a new path, make sure only the targeted color (in this case pink) is selected, and enter the parameter.

     

    Start Processing

    Click on start button to start cutting or engraving.

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    *If it does not work properly, please see troubleshooting
     
     

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