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nottingham82

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Lightburn
« on: January 14, 2018, 09:47:42 AM »
There is a new software which someone is trying out on the facebook eleksmaker group. 

https://lightburnsoftware.com/

I have downloaded the full feature 30 day trial.  It does not come with firmware so you either need to know how to modify your firmware yourself or use zax's T2 firmware before going to laserburn.  It does not do rotary.  It is $30 for grbl license (which is for 2 pcs and any number of lasers) or $80 if you need to control co2 laser.

It does use home switches very well.  I definitely like the fit/finish and feel of the software.  It works well with dxf and svg files.  It can also easily adjust power and speed of specific lines.  All in all I would say it appears to be a nice software but for me cant replace t2 due to the lack of grbl firmware support and lack of rotary support. 
Laser: 2500mw A5 eleks maker
OS: Windows 10 all in one pc
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Re: Lightburn
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2018, 10:36:27 AM »
First - I have been trying this software package since it was first released the first of the year.

It's interface is much like what comes with the higher end DSP based CO2 machines and I think a lot of their focus in on the higher end CO2 laser system's with the $80 level.

The $30 GRBL level works fine with out diode laser's and also works well with the K40/Cohesion Mini with either Smoothie or GBRL code.

I don't think this is a good place for new user's to start because as you said it does not have any firmware support and assumes that you have a working machine and know how to use it. Since I have always built my own firmware and am using X,Y and Z homing already on my ACRO machine I have been able to use it with no firmware changes or problems. With what I am trying to do on the ACRO machine it does not do anything that I can't already do with T2.

On the K40 there are some features that I do like for acrylic work where I can do multiple passes - one to etch an image followed by cutting the piece out where its not a simple outline. I had been using K40 Whisperer because of these features and didn't upgrade the machine to the Cohesion Mini until after trying LaserBurn out on the ACRO.

It does have a lot of features that I like, but it is also a young product with a lot of features not yet implemented and updates almost every day. The bottom line is we now just have one more tool that might be able to help us. It took me a while to figure out how to use it, and I am far from a new laser user.
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Re: Lightburn
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2019, 07:54:27 PM »
T2Laser is my Swiss Army knife, Lightburn is my daily production app. I love it. Plus its multi-platform so I can use any old mac, windows box or linux box to control my machines.
Favorite feature- Framing. I have a small 5V visible red guide laser on my machines. Hit frame, and it moves the head around the border of the image. Watch the little red dot go and adjust piece as necessary. No more misaligned burns. Saves me sooooo much time and aggravation.
It's a chemical laser but in solid, not gaseous, form. Put simply, in deference to you Kent, it's like lasing a stick of dynamite.

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Re: Lightburn
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2019, 08:03:50 AM »
Hit frame, and it moves the head around the border of the image. Watch the little red dot go and adjust piece as necessary. No more misaligned burns. Saves me sooooo much time and aggravation.

T2Laser has the same feature (trace frame). I like your analogy of T2Laser being a Swiss Army Knife as they are known for quality and dependability  ;D

This has long been my slogan for T2Laser "When you want something that just works...".

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Re: Lightburn
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2019, 07:52:57 PM »
Oh wow I had no idea that was in T2!!!
Wow, I feel silly.

At any rate, T2 is indeed my Swiss Army Knife because I can do EVERYTHING in it (including apparently trace frames hahaha) from flashing firmware, dumping GRBL settings from dying boards, running jobs, troubleshooting boards and lasers, and get the best tech support in the game.
It's also my first ever purchased app for this stuff that in a matter of months got me from hobbyist to rent-paying store owner actually making money doing this.
So thanks, Zax  ;)

 
It's a chemical laser but in solid, not gaseous, form. Put simply, in deference to you Kent, it's like lasing a stick of dynamite.