Lightburn Demo 02 – Power Scaling Feature

The Lightburn Software Series

The Lightburn Software is probably the best generic laser cutting software available (I use it for almost all of my laser work). This series has LightBurn tutorials, hints and tips as well as the occasional speed comparisons between it and RDWorks. My thanks to the team at Lightburn for allowing me to embed their videos. In this video, we will learn about the LightBurn Power Scaling feature.

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Ruida controllers have a limited number of settings available, and this is a hardware limitation. Through creative coding, LightBurn offers a way to increase that number, making cut power tests simpler to set up.

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0:00 something that I do a lot that I’m sure

0:03 other people do a lot of as well is

0:05 something like this where you make a

0:07 power scale it’s basically a bunch of

0:10 boxes that you set up to either scan or

0:12 cuts and normally you would have a

0:15 different cut setting for each of these

0:1 7things and you know increment your

0:19 percentages so this would be a hundred

0:21 percent this would be 90 80 70 60 and so

0:23 on the problem with that is that some of

0:27 these programs have a very limited

0:28 number of cut layers that you can use

0:30 and you end up beating them up quite

0:32 quickly so it’s pretty obvious the

0:35 hardware has the ability to change the

0:38 cut power arbitrarily

0:42 pretty much whatever it wants to but the

0:44 software doesn’t give you that option so

0:46 I made the software give you that option

0:49 so now if I select any of these shapes

0:54 up here you can see that one’s at ninety

0:56 percent the one beside it is at eighty

0:58 percent one beside that is at 70 percent

1:01 beside that it’s at sixty and so on and

1:04 so that power scale basically gets

1:07 multiplied through whatever your cut

1:10 power is so this power here that’s 80

1:12 percent I’m going to take that 80 and

1:15 multiply it by this 60 to get sixty

1:17 percent of 80 percent when it cuts that

1:19 object normally you would leave that at

1:21 100 and you just cut everything the way

1:23 that you always have but if you want a

1:26 little bit finer control without having

1:28 to make totally new cut layers this is a

1:30 way to do it so watch what it does

1:38 [Music]

1:44 so I thought it was going to be a little

1:47 tricky to see but I think it’s actually

1:48 pretty obvious here you look the numbers

1:52 correspond to the power of the cut at

1:53 that point and it’s pretty clear that

1:55 the ones at ten or a hundred percent are

1:58 much much deeper than the other numbers

2:02 as you go down the scale I call this a

2:04 win

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