Lightburn Tutorial 05 – Basics #1: Importing, Selection, Grouping and Movement

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 tutorials, hints and tips as well as the occasional speed comparisons between it and RDWorks. This session is the first to cover Lightburn Software Basics.

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0:00hey guys welcome to the first video in a

0:03series of getting started videos to

0:06introduce you to the interface and the

0:09inner workings of light burn and get you

0:11jump-started in your first designs in

0:14this video we’re going to show you how

0:15to import your work different ways of

0:18selecting your drawings as you’re

0:19navigating it and how to position the

0:22work in the workspace so to get started

0:24let’s go ahead and import some drawings

0:27to get our work going so to import we

0:32can either use the import selection on

0:35the toolbar or we can also go to file

0:39and import or use the hotkey control I

0:43now in this video I’m going to import

0:47multiple DXF files to do that I’m going

0:50to shift select all three of them and go

0:55ahead and hit open to bring them into my

0:57drawing

0:58now the first thing we need to notice is

1:01all three of these files came in on top

1:03of each other that’s because light Byrne

1:05imports from the origin so if all three

1:09of these were drawn with 0-0 at the

1:12center of these which is how they were

1:14drawn they’re all going to import on top

1:17of each other so to select them I’m just

1:21going to select anywhere in the biggest

1:25drawing because that’s the easiest and

1:28because of the way light Byrne imports

1:30files with the fully grouped together

1:33with all the geometry in that file

1:36completely grouped it makes it very easy

1:39to initially select and navigate them

1:42notice these two actually have holes

1:48right on top of each other so if these

1:51weren’t grouped fully grabbing these and

1:54having everything come with it might be

1:56very difficult depending on how the

1:58drawing was done so the first thing I

Video Transcript for LightBurn Software Basics #1: Importing, Selection, Grouping and Movement

2:02like to do when I bring in DX s

2:04especially DX FS that were created in

2:07Autodesk fusion 360 is I like to

2:11highlight them all by hitting ctrl a and

2:15go into the Edit menu and click delete

2:19duplicates and this is because for some

2:23reason when you use the save DXF file in

2:30the sketch menu in Fusion it makes

2:33duplicates of certain pieces of geometry

2:35and this is the quickest easiest way to

2:39make sure you avoid double cuts in your

2:42drawings so I’m going to go ahead and

2:44click yes and notice all of my geometry

2:47is still there it just got rid of the

2:51duplicates so now I can go about

2:56selecting my drawing and placing things

2:59the way I want them to be cut now we can

3:02do that in two ways when we click and

3:05drag much like other CAD systems light

3:09burn has an enclosing selection box

3:11which

3:12from the left so to click-and-drag from

3:16the left and this will only select

3:19things that it fully encompasses so if I

3:23fully encompass this one but only

3:25partially encompass this smaller one

3:28over here it will only select the one

3:31that the Box fully enclosed now if we

3:35want it the easy way we can use what’s

3:37called a crossing selection box and

3:39that’s anytime you drag from the right

3:41and this will select anything that it

3:45touches so when we are selecting all of

3:51our geometry it’s really nice to be able

3:53to exclude certain parts or include

3:57everything very easily now as we’re

Video Transcript for LightBurn Software Basics #1: Importing, Selection, Grouping and Movement

4:01positioning our drawings there’s a

4:03number of different ways that we can do

4:05this let me zoom out and encompass the

4:09whole workspace here now if I wanted

4:12this part to be up in a top corner or in

4:16the center of my workspace that’s very

4:18easily done by using the snaps in the

4:23toolbar and we can move to the upper

4:26left the upper right lower lower or dead

4:32center

4:34and personally I find that pretty cool

4:36the other way to move things around is

4:39we can use the X&Y positioning in the

4:45toolbar up here now we can use the

4:50arrows to move things around and just

4:52hit enter notice it doesn’t activate

4:55until I actually hit Enter or we can use

4:58the arrows on the keyboard or the mouse

5:03scroll wheel as well

5:06all very cool for fighting positioning

5:09the other thing we can do is we can just

5:11drag them around and I’m going to drag

5:16these and get them pretty close to where

5:18I want them and for my cut when I cut

5:23these I want these all perfectly aligned

5:25along their centers now the easy way to

5:28do this is I can hit ctrl a and then hit

5:34the align selected objects along their

5:38horizontal centers button now they’re

5:41all perfectly aligned and ready to go

5:44but I want to nest these a little closer

5:47so I could get the maximum of my

5:49material so I’m going to use the

5:51exposition and just get it as close as I

5:57reasonably can without my lines

Video Transcript for LightBurn Software Basics #1: Importing, Selection, Grouping and Movement

6:05overlapping so I don’t double cut and

6:09that looks pretty good so I have

6:14everything positioned the way I want it

6:16but you know now I’ve decided that I

6:19don’t necessarily like where these holes

6:23lined up so what I can do is I can

6:27highlight these both of them and click

6:31on group selection and now I’ve decided

6:37I want to move these three holes up to

6:43millimeters now I can highlight this one

6:50and regroup it same for this one now

6:58these are regrouped and as I drag them

7:00around they are easily repositionable so

7:05this is a really nice way to make quick

7:08edits kind of on the fly as you go so

7:14that’s it for this first video we

7:17covered importing how grouping we’re

7:20selecting and positioning your work in

7:24your workspace I hope you guys learned

7:27something good and be on the lookout for

7:30the next tutorial

7:31Thanks

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