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Getting started with Lightburn Software

After you bought yourself a laser machine, it’s time to get started with the software.
In this section, I will try to get you started with using Lightburn software

To start, you will have to buy the software from the official Lightburn website,

You can start with the Trail version, and when that expires you have to buy the version you will need from the website. Then you will receive a KEY to use the software on your computer. Remember, for the laser machines we are using on this website, you will need the GCode license key, that at the moment of making this page, costs about 55 Euro’s.

When you start the software, it will look something like this:

Now it’s time to follow the steps that are described in the manual of your laser, to get the laser listed in the Lightroom software. Do the things described in the manual, or if you don’t have a manual, follow the next steps:

  • Connect your Laser to your computer with the supplied USB cable
  • Connect the provided power supply to the laser, and make sure it is plugged into a wall socket
  • Turn on the laser machine, while wearing eye protection (if your laser is damaged for some reason, it’s possible that the laser powers up, and the diode laser will turn on immidiately).

In the bottom right corner of the software click on the Laser tab, and a window will open.

After you clicked the FIND MY LASER button, your computer will scan for connected laser machines on the USB ports of your computer.

Of course, the Laser machine must be connected and switched on before this function will work.

When the software detected your laser, you can follow the steps provided by the software. Your laser is now added to the software and can be used..

Now before you can use the laser, there are a few additional steps you will have to take, to get the most out of your laser. Please follow these steps immediately after adding the laser to the software, as this will make things easier for you.

Under EditSettings, you will find this settings window:

Use the settings like in this example, or if you are used to Inches, use Inches/min instead.

Then, under EditDevice Settings, you will find this settings window:

The green switch for Auto Home on startup is good if you have a laser with home switches, like for example the Ortur Laser Master 2 Pro. Yet, if you have a laser that has not got home switches for the X and Y axis, you should turn the Auto home on startup OFF.

Now you are ready to make your first engraving. Your machine is set up, and you are ready to go.
For some machines the functions are blocked right from the start. Clicking on the STOP button will make sure the machine unlocks and can be operated.