LightBurn Tutorial 25 – Setting Up the Ortur Laser With LightBurn

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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. In this LightBurn Tutorial Session, we are shown how to set up the the Ortur Laser with LightBurn and walked through a starter project. My thanks to the team at Lightburn for allowing me to embed their videos.

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In this video we are taken step-by-step through the process of getting an Ortur Laser up and running with LightBurn on both Mac and Windows. We will also be taken through a quick first project to learn some of the basic tools and workflow within LightBurn.


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Ortur Laser Engraving with LightBurn
Ortur Laser Engraving with LightBurn

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0:02the laser master ii pro is a diode-based

0:04laser engraver from orter with a work

0:06area of 400 by 400 millimeters this is a

0:09higher end model with built-in flame

0:11detection an emergency stop switch and a

0:14sensor to kill the laser if the machine

0:15is bumped while engraving the laser

0:17master ii pro comes standard with end

0:19stops which allow the laser to

0:20automatically home to the same place

0:22which is great for repeatability this

0:24will also allow you to fully take

0:25advantage of lightburn’s different

0:26origin modes giving you the most control

0:28of how you run your jobs in this video

0:30we are going to be getting the orter

0:32laser master 2 pro up and running with

0:34lightburn i’ll take you through the

0:35setup and installation with windows as

0:37well as mac and then we will go through

0:39a short beginner tutorial to get you on

0:41your way timestamps will be below so

0:43that you can skip around as needed

0:49for the windows install the first thing

0:51we’re going to need to do is install the

0:53stm micro driver this is provided by

0:56orter and i’ll have a link in the

0:58description over to this page so you can

0:59make sure you are downloading the

1:01correct thing there is a version for

1:02windows 8 to windows 10 as well as a

1:05version for windows 7 and you’ll need to

1:07know whether you are running a 32-bit or

1:09a 64-bit operating system 64-bit is sort

1:12of the standard for most modern

1:14operating systems but to confirm this if

1:16you go down to the start menu and type

1:18in the word system and click system

1:21information it will open up a window and

1:24in that window you’ll easily be able to

1:26determine the operating system you’re

1:28currently running if you don’t know next

1:30is system type as you can see here mine

1:33says i am running a 64 based pc and so

1:36that confirms that we need the

1:38appropriate 64-bit version of that

1:40driver

1:41once confirmed click on the driver that

1:44will download the executable file that

1:46we will need to run to get this

1:48installed

1:53open up that file

1:57and go ahead and run through it like you

1:58would if you were installing anything on

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2:00your computer

2:03it will ask you for a username and a

2:05company name don’t be alarmed there’s

2:07nothing special that needs to go here

2:08and you can quite literally put the word

2:11user in the name company and it will let

2:13you go ahead and get beyond this and

2:15install the driver

2:18as you can see it says stm electronics

2:21ready to use we don’t need to have it go

2:23online and check for a new version so on

2:25this part just go ahead and click no

2:26skip this step and the driver has been

2:29successfully installed now that we’ve

2:31got the correct driver installed we can

2:32plug the power cable into our laser

2:35engraver as well as the included usb

2:38cable one end will go into the machine

2:40and the other end will go into our

2:42computer then to power on the machine

2:44just hold down the power button for five

2:46seconds and it should auto home if you

2:48do have a different orator machine you

2:50might notice that your control panel

2:52looks slightly different but it should

2:54operate in the same way there are two

2:56leds on the control panel a red and a

2:58blue when the machine is powered on you

3:00should see a solid red light and when it

3:03is plugged into the computer you should

3:05see a solid blue light if for some

3:07reason you don’t see that blue light

3:09make sure the usb cable is plugged in

3:11correctly and you can always try to

3:12unplug and plug it back in but you

3:14should be seeing both a solid red and a

3:16solid blue light with the machine

3:18powered on and plugged into our computer

3:20we’re now ready to install lightburn to

3:22do this we’ll head over to the downloads

3:24page for windows there is going to be a

3:2764-bit as well as a 32-bit version of

3:30lightburn whichever version we

3:31discovered a moment ago is the version

3:33we’re running when we install the driver

3:35will be the version of light burn that

3:37you’ll want to download so in our case

3:39it is the 64 bit clicking on it will

3:42save the executable file

3:44and once it’s downloaded go ahead and

3:46click on that to open up the installer

3:50once the installer opens up it will

3:51prompt you through the installation

3:53process you just need to click next

3:55throughout all of

3:58this and when you get to the final page

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4:01you’ll see there’s a couple of options

4:03for a specific driver that’s going to be

4:05for larger dsp machines we don’t need to

4:07worry about any of that so just select

4:09finish which will launch light burn

4:13the first time you open up light burn

4:14you’re going to be greeted by the device

4:16window it’s going to be blank which is

4:18normal we’ll need to add our orter

4:20machine into light burn and to do this

4:22we will click on the find my laser

4:24button which will open up a prompt

4:26window this window will remind you to

4:28make sure your device is connected via

4:30usb it should be both connected via usb

4:33as well as powered on which we did cover

4:35in a previous step when you click next

4:37lightburn is going to scan your computer

4:39to see if it detects any laser engravers

4:41attached to your machine if for some

4:43reason you don’t see your device listed

4:45here double check that you installed the

4:48driver we covered earlier and that it

4:49installed correctly and then also try

4:52power cycling your laser engraver as

4:54well as unplugging and plugging in the

4:56usb cable again after a brief moment we

4:59should see our device listed as you can

5:01see here it says under device info it’s

5:03found one machine that is running grbl

5:06firmware with a work area of 400 by 400

5:08millimeters it is a g-code type device

5:11connected via serial usb all we need to

5:14do on this page is select add device the

5:16next page will have us name it something

5:18i just went ahead and named it what the

5:20specific engraver is called if you’re

5:21gonna be running multiple machines you

5:24will definitely want to name it

5:25something specific so that way you know

5:27which device you are connected to it’s

5:29also a good idea to confirm that the x

5:31and y axis length is correct right here

5:34400 by 400 millimeters is spot on to

5:36what it’s supposed to be so once we’ve

5:37confirmed that we can click next

5:40on this page it’s going to ask us the

5:42where the origin of our laser is for the

5:44laser master 2 pro it’s going to be the

5:46front left and that’s going to be the

5:47same for

5:48most g-code devices so you will not want

5:50to change that the laser master ii pro

5:53also has end stops so we’ll want the

5:55auto home your laser on startup enabled

5:57if you have a different orter machine

5:59that doesn’t have end stops make sure

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6:00that you disable this before going on to

6:03the next page this is just a summary

6:05showing all of the settings we just

6:06agreed to and we can select finish on

6:08that

6:13once that closes you will see now the

6:15laser master ii pro is listed in our

6:17device list it says grbl and we can go

6:20ahead and click ok which will allow us

6:22to then go into light burn

6:25to confirm connectivity you should see

6:27in the right laser window it’s saying

6:29ready which just means that light burn

6:32is detecting the machine and that it is

6:34connected and ready to run and in the

6:36console you can also see that lightburn

6:38has actually read a little bit of

6:39information about the machine off of the

6:41controller

6:43if at some point you open lightburn and

6:45notice that the laser says disconnected

6:47instead of ready but it’s powered on and

6:49plugged in it’s possible that your

6:51computer’s assigned a different com port

6:53to it and so next to devices in that

6:55same laser window there’s a drop down

6:58i’ve only got the option for com3

7:00because i’ve only got one thing plugged

7:01into this computer but if you were to

7:03see let’s say com3 and then com5 and

7:06com3 isn’t working it’s a good idea to

7:09select the other com option and see if

7:12at that point the laser status changes

7:14from disconnected to ready

7:18for mac os you won’t need to install any

7:20drivers so we’ll start off with plugging

7:22the power cable into our machine

7:24followed by the included usb cable one

7:27end will go into the controller and the

7:28other end will go into your computer

7:31then hold down the power button for five

7:32seconds this will power on the machine

7:34and trigger the homing sequence if you

7:36have a different order model you might

7:38have a slightly different looking panel

7:40but it should operate the same way there

7:42are two leds on the controller one red

7:45for power and one blue that means that

7:47the controller is connected to your

7:49computer so you’ll want to make sure

7:50that you see both of those leds if for

7:53some reason the blue is not lit up go

7:55ahead and unplug the usb cable and try

7:58plugging it back in because you do want

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8:00to make sure you see both the red and

8:02blue led before moving on

8:04with your machine connected to your mac

8:06and powered on it is time to download

8:09and install light burn to do this we

8:11will head over to the downloads page and

8:13scroll down to where we see the mac os

8:16version

8:17clicking on that will download the disk

8:19image needed to install light burn for

8:21your mac

8:24once downloaded if you click on that it

8:26will open up a finder window with your

8:28applications folder and lightburn to

8:30install it just drag lightburn into the

8:32applications folder and it will copy

8:34that to your applications

8:37after installing or updating burn on mac

8:39if you try to run light burn from launch

8:41pad you’ll get this pop-up saying that

8:43it can’t be opened this will only happen

8:45the first time that you install light

8:47burn or update it and try to run it so

8:49what you’ll need to do is click the show

8:51and finder option which will open up

8:53your finder window with all of your

8:55different applications and then if you

8:57scroll down to where you see light burn

8:59and right click on light burn

9:02and select open

9:05there will be another pop-up that will

9:07allow you to then choose to open

9:09lightburn and once you do this the first

9:11time again you can launch it normally

9:13from launchpad it’s just the first time

9:19the first time you run lightburn you’ll

9:20be greeted by the device window which

9:22will be empty we’ll need to add our

9:24laser into light burn to do this we’ll

9:27head down to find my laser which will

9:29open up the device discovery wizard

9:31it’ll remind you that your engraver

9:33should be hooked up via usb and based

9:36off our previous step it should also be

9:37powered on

9:39clicking next will have lightburn then

9:42scan your computer to see if it detects

9:44any machines connected to your computer

9:46if you get to this next window and it

9:48doesn’t find your machine go back and

9:50make sure you see both the red and blue

9:52light meaning it’s powered on and

9:54plugged in and it’s not a bad idea to

9:56also try power cycling the machine and

9:59unplugging and plugging it back in

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10:01as long as your machine is both powered

10:03on and connected via usb lightburn

10:06should have no problem detecting it when

10:08it does scan your computer and as you

10:10can see here it did find the laser

10:12master ii pro and it’s got some info

10:14saying that it is running grbl firmware

10:17with a work area of 400 by 400

10:19millimeters and it is a g-code type

10:22machine that is connected via serial usb

10:26when you see your device select add

10:28device and then it will have you on the

10:30next page name your device if you have

10:32multiple machines this is even more

10:34important you want to make sure that you

10:35can easily identify which machine you’re

10:37selecting i’ve only got one laser master

10:402 pro so i’m just going to name it the

10:41actual name of this specific model and

10:44then you’ll also want to just confirm

10:46that the work area that it has grabbed

10:48is correct 400 by 400 millimeters is

10:50spot on for this machine so i can just

10:52choose next

10:55this page will have you choose the

10:56origin for your laser by default it

10:58should have the front left selected

11:00which is correct for the laser master 2

11:03pro as well as most g code machine so if

11:06you don’t know

11:07where your origin is your best bet is to

11:10leave it at the front left because

11:11changing it can do all sorts of funny

11:13things with your

11:15jobs later on and then auto home your

11:17laser on startup should be enabled for

11:18the laser master ii pro because it has

11:20end stops if you have a different orter

11:22model that doesn’t have end stops you’ll

11:24want to make sure you uncheck that

11:25before moving on

11:28this next page is just a summary of the

11:30things that we selected as well as the

11:32things that detected everything looks

11:34great here so we can select finish

11:37and now in the device list you’ll see

11:39your device listed as well as it says it

11:42is a grbl machine and we can choose ok

11:46which will close out of this and

11:47automatically grab that one device

11:51in the laser window you’ll probably see

11:53that it says disconnected on all macs

11:55that i’ve installed light burn on it

11:57does start off by staying disconnected

11:59and the easy way to get your device

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12:01connected is to just close out a light

12:03burn open light burn up again and then

12:06it should auto detect and connect to

12:08your machine as you can see now it says

12:10ready and this is just the first time

12:11when you’re installing every time after

12:13that as long as your device is plugged

12:15in and powered on and it’s in the same

12:17com port then it should have no issues

12:20auto connecting and in console we can

12:23see also that light burn was able to

12:25grab some information off of the

12:26controller if at some point you open

12:28light burn and notice that it says

12:30disconnected in the laser window but

12:32you’ve confirmed that the machine is

12:34powered on and plugged in it’s possible

12:36that your computer has assigned it a

12:38different com port in that same little

12:40window next to devices there is a drop

12:42down menu and you can see all of the

12:44different com port options and so you

12:46can go through the different com ports

12:48for mac i did have to close out of light

12:51burn once i selected the new one and

12:53open it again for example this

12:56one two three four five six uh usb modem

12:59is the correct com port but after i

13:01selected it it’s still not connecting so

13:04when i closed out of light burn open it

13:06back up again it now says ready and it

13:09has connected to the laser

13:13now that light burns installed and our

13:15machine is connected we’re going to run

13:16through a small project engraving some

13:19text this will sort of teach you some of

13:21the basic tools as well as help you with

13:23beginning to gain a bit of familiarity

13:26with the whole layout and workflow of

13:28using lightburn

13:30we are going to start off with our

13:31design so we’ll head over to the left

13:33toolbar

13:34and select the text tool that’s the icon

13:37that is the letter a

13:39clicking that will activate the text

13:40tool and then if you go over to the

13:42workspace you can click anywhere and it

13:45will turn into a cursor where you can

13:47then type in your name or whatever word

13:49you’re going to want to be using for

13:51this project to exit the text tool and

13:53to go back to the select tool we can

13:55either go to the toolbar on the left and

13:57select the top mouse pointer or if you

13:59hit the escape key on your keyboard

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14:01twice that’ll also get you out of that

14:03mode and back into select mode

14:06heading to the top right window that is

14:08the cuts and layers window where we will

14:11see specific information about our

14:13design if we were to run this job you

14:15can see the speed it would currently be

14:17running at the power the mode what layer

14:20color layer that it is pertaining to

14:22right now we’ve only got the black text

14:25layer so this is those settings and then

14:28on the bottom you can make some changes

14:29like if you want to speed it up or slow

14:31it down change your power or how many

14:35times you’d like to run a pass right now

14:38we don’t need to worry about that and we

14:39can just leave those default values

14:44if you head up to the top toolbar there

14:45is an icon that looks like a computer

14:47screen or a monitor that is the icon for

14:50preview and if you click on that it will

14:52open up the preview window that will

14:53show you the output of your job if you

14:55were to run it right now the black lines

14:57represent where the laser would engrave

14:59the thin red lines represent the travel

15:01movements and if you click play in the

15:03bottom right you can actually see a

15:05simulation of this job being ran this is

15:07a really cool window and it’s a great

15:09way to make sure what you think is going

15:10to happen based off the settings you

15:12give in light burn is what is actually

15:14going to be happening

15:20if we click on the text that we

15:21previously typed we’ll see in the top

15:24toolbar an area that pops up with a

15:26bunch of options to configure our text

15:28you can do bold italicized all uppercase

15:31different sizes different spacings and

15:34you have access to all of the fonts that

15:36are installed on your computer so

15:37there’s already going to be a ton of

15:39options but if there is a specific style

15:41you’re looking for and you download it

15:42off of the web and install it on your

15:44computer you can then access it from

15:46within light burn scrolling through the

15:48different font options you can see your

15:50text update in real time which is a

15:52really great way to make sure that you

15:54like the way a certain font looks with

15:56the text and you’re getting sort of the

15:58desired look that you’re going for

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16:02if you want to undo or redo a snap there

16:05are a backwards and forwards arrow in

16:07the top toolbar that you can use

16:09additionally there are hotkeys control z

16:11will be to undo and control shift z will

16:14redo the last action

16:17heading back over to the cuts and layers

16:18window we’re going to change the mode

16:20from line to fill we’ll do this by just

16:22clicking where it says line to open up

16:24the drop down menu and then selecting

16:26fill

16:27after doing that if you head over to the

16:29preview window again you can see the

16:31update of what that’s going to do and so

16:33with line the laser was just going to

16:35quickly trace an outline of all of our

16:38letters and with fill the laser is going

16:41to be going in a back and forth pattern

16:43and filling in all of the text

16:47in the playback window you also have the

16:49ability to adjust speed because it is a

16:52pretty long engraving in comparison to

16:54the outline so if you go you know 20x

16:56speed you can quickly see what the

16:58entire job is going to be doing

17:01next we’re going to be adding an outline

17:03to our text using the offset tool to do

17:05this we’ll click on our text to make

17:07sure it’s active you’ll know it’s active

17:09because of the moving squiggly lines and

17:11then in the left toolbar the o icon is

17:14for the offset shapes clicking on that

17:16will open up the offset window and you

17:18can already see that it has applied a

17:20five millimeter outward offset by

17:22default and there are quite a lot of

17:24options within this dialog box that you

17:26can configure whether you want the

17:27offset to be inward outward as well as

17:30playing around with some different

17:32styles there’s really not a right or

17:33wrong and you can also choose the

17:35distance of the offset this can be done

17:37by using the arrows on the right of the

17:40box by typing in a number manually or if

17:42you mouse over the offset distance text

17:45box you can actually use the scroll

17:47wheel on your mouse to quickly and

17:49easily scroll between different offset

17:51sizes play around with this i’m going to

17:53go ahead and do a

17:55outward round three millimeter offset

17:59there’s no right or wrong and it just

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18:00really is up to you as far as the look

18:03you’re going for once you’ve applied the

18:05offset we want to then click on just the

18:08outline to make the outline active and

18:10then going down to the colored bar on

18:12the bottom these are different layer

18:14options so we will choose a different

18:16color i’m going with red once we’ve done

18:19that we can now see in the cuts and

18:21layers window we’ve actually got two

18:23layers now we’ve got the initial one

18:25which is the black color with fill which

18:28is going to be our

18:30our text and then we’ve got the new red

18:32one which is for the outline

18:36going to the preview we can see once

18:38again what is going to be happening

18:39we’ve still got that fill on the inside

18:41but the outside outline that we just

18:44created is just going to be a line that

18:47is an outline of the text

18:50now that we’ve got our design we want to

18:52set the speed and power in the cuts

18:54layers window i’m going to start by

18:56selecting the black fill layer and in

18:59the bottom of that window i’m going to

19:01change the speed from the 6000

19:03millimeters per minute to 3000 and the

19:06power down to 15 percent

19:09then for the line i want that a little

19:11bit darker so i’m going to drop the

19:12speed from 6 000 millimeters per minute

19:15down to 2000 millimeters per minute and

19:18i’m going to increase the power from the

19:2120 it was at up to 35 percent now

19:24depending on the machine you’re using

19:26and depending on the material that

19:27you’re engraving this on to i’m using

19:29the orter laser master ii pro and some

19:32balsa wood you might need to slightly

19:34change or tweak these settings but this

19:36should at least be a safe place to start

19:38and at least run this initial job

19:41next we’re gonna head over to the laser

19:43and grab the piece of material that

19:45we’re gonna be engraving as mentioned

19:47i’m using a piece of balsa wood this is

19:49just a thin two millimeter thick piece

19:51place that in your work area and then

19:54grab the head of the laser and pull it

19:56on top of that material

19:58lifting the acrylic cover out of the way

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20:01your laser will come with some sort of

20:03an adjustment tool for the laser master

20:05ii pro it is this cylinder that we will

20:07then need to place underneath the head

20:09of the laser

20:12before loosening the two screws that

20:14hold the laser in place there’s one on

20:16the left and one on the right

20:19that will allow us to drop the laser on

20:21top of that cylinder so that way we have

20:24the correct focal length

20:28once it’s in place i recommend using one

20:30hand to hold the laser against the

20:32gantry and then your other hand to

20:34tighten those two screws back in place

20:39once you’ve made sure that the head of

20:41the laser is secure you can remove the

20:43cylinder measurement tool and drop the

20:45acrylic cover back down now that we’ve

20:48got the height of our material set

20:49correctly we’ll want to hop back over to

20:51lightburn to set the job origin in

20:53lightburn there are three different

20:55options for your job’s origin there are

20:57absolute coordinates user origin and

21:00current position for a machine like the

21:02orator laser master ii pro that has

21:03limit switches the easiest option is

21:05going to be to use the absolute

21:07coordinates taking this directly from

21:09our documentation that i’ll also have

21:10linked in the description with absolute

21:12coordinates the page grid you see in the

21:14main editing window represents your

21:16machine’s work area anything you place

21:19in that area will be cut in the

21:20corresponding place on your machine so

21:22in this specific example with the light

21:24burn text that i’ve created if i have

21:26this centered within light burn in my

21:28workspace it will be centered when i go

21:30to engrave it on my machine if i move it

21:33higher up it will engrave higher up on

21:34my machine so how i place it within

21:37light burn is exactly how it is going to

21:39be placing it on the machine

21:42if you have a different or machine that

21:44happens to not have limit switches the

21:46next easiest start from option is going

21:48to be using the current position also

21:51reading this from our documentation with

21:53the current position your job is going

21:55to cut relative to the current position

21:58of the laser head when you hit the start

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22:00button you use the job origin grid

22:02control in the laser window to tell

22:04lightburn how you want to position the

22:06job relative to your laser for example

22:08if you use the center

22:10dot in the job origin that means that

22:14light burn is expecting you to have

22:15positioned your laser dead center in the

22:18middle of your work piece and if you

22:20have it on the bottom left for example

22:22it’s expecting the head of your laser to

22:24be on the bottom left of your work piece

22:30as mentioned absolute coordinates is the

22:33easiest to use and that is what we are

22:35going to be using on the laser master 2

22:37pro so now that we’ve got that figured

22:40out we need to position our material to

22:43make sure that when the job runs it’s

22:45going to be engraving on our material

22:47and not on our work surface to do this

22:49we are going to press the square framing

22:52button that is found in the laser window

22:54doing this the head of your laser will

22:56move to the area it’s going to be

22:57engraving and it will do an outline of

23:00the area that your engraving is going to

23:02be within i’ll typically run the framing

23:05a few times and adjust the piece of

23:07material each time i run the frame until

23:09i feel like i’ve gotten it centered on

23:11my material or of course if you don’t

23:13want it centered where you want the

23:14engraving to be on your piece of

23:16material

23:17now the framing will get us pretty close

23:19but it won’t show us exactly where the

23:21laser is going to be and so we can

23:24actually enable the laser when we’re

23:25doing the framing to do this we’ll head

23:27up to the top toolbar to the device

23:30settings which will be the icon of the

23:32screwdriver and the wrench and if we

23:33click on that on the right side under

23:36other options there is an option that

23:38says enable laser fire button

23:41we’ll want to check that to make sure

23:43it’s green and enabled

23:46click ok to close out of

23:48this and then you will need to restart

23:51lightburn to enable this i recommend

23:53when you click escape of course save

23:55your job to make sure that you can open

23:57it up and you don’t lose any of the

23:58settings that you’ve done so far

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24:01once you reopen lightburn if you go to

24:03the move window which is right next to

24:06the cuts and layers window there is

24:08going to be a new option that says power

24:11with a fire button next to it i

24:13typically just set the power to one

24:14percent that’s more than enough to be

24:16able to see the laser and not have any

24:19risk of damaging or actually running an

24:21engraving into your workpiece when you

24:23don’t want to and you can trigger this

24:25by clicking the fire button and that

24:27will turn the laser on and then when you

24:29click the fire button again it will turn

24:31the laser off

24:33next let’s open up our project again if

24:36you go under file recent projects you

24:38will see your project that you created

24:41there and now that we’ve got that fire

24:43mode enabled we can do something pretty

24:45awesome if we hold down the shift key on

24:47our keyboard and click that same framing

24:49button it’ll run that framing but this

24:52time it will have the laser on the one

24:54percent power that we set and so what

24:56this will allow us to do is really hone

24:58in the positioning of our job before we

25:01run the engraving

25:03when you feel like you’re happy with the

25:05positioning of the framing that you’ve

25:07been running all that’s left is to hit

25:09the start button that is in the laser

25:11window and that will start the engraving

25:13as always make sure that you are staying

25:15around and watching the job the entire

25:18time if for some reason you notice that

25:20it is not engraving or it’s not as dark

25:23as you would like the settings were for

25:25this specific machine but depending on

25:27the material you’re using or if you’ve

25:28got a different laser you may need to

25:30slow down the speeds and increase the

25:33power

25:37after a few minutes the job will

25:39complete and you should be greeted with

25:41your finished engraving this is a great

25:43first step in learning how to use your

25:44laser with light burn the next steps

25:46that i would recommend are looking

25:48through the official light burn

25:49documentation signing up for the light

25:51burn forums and looking at the many

25:53tutorial videos available on our youtube

25:56channel

25:57links for each of the mentioned

25:58resources will be in the description of

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26:00this video

26:02if you’re a machine manufacturer and

26:04would like us to make a video like this

26:06about your machine please contact us at

26:08business at lightbridgesoftware.com

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