LightBurn Tutorial 27 – Setting Up The xTool D1 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 xTool D1 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 Lightburn Software Tutorials video we are taken step-by-step through the process of getting an xTool D1 Laser up and running with LightBurn on both Mac and Windows. This includes updating the firmware on the xTool D1 to allow for compatibility with LightBurn. 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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xTool D1 Laser Engraving with LightBurn
xTool D1 Laser Engraving with LightBurn

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0:02the x tool d1 is a diode based laser

0:05engraver with a work area of 432 by 406

0:09millimeters and is available in both the

0:115 watt and 10 watt variant the 10 watt

0:13version uses two separate lasers that

0:15are combined into one path giving you

0:17much higher output it is a very rigid

0:19machine that is constructed from

0:21aluminum but uses steel for both the

0:22motion wheels as well as the shaft that

0:24they ride on the d1 also has built-in

0:27belt tensioners for easy adjustment a

0:29kickstand style arm that’s built into

0:31the laser head for setting the correct

0:32focal distance and a positioning laser

0:34that projects a red x to help with

0:36framing as well as aligning your work

0:38through a firmware update the x tool is

0:40now compatible with light burn in this

0:42video we’ll go through the process of

0:43getting your d1 up and running with

0:45light burn on both windows and mac as

0:47well as a short tutorial project this

0:49project will help you in learning some

0:51of the more common tools used in light

0:52burn as well as the general workflow

0:54timestamps will be in the description

0:55below so that you can skip around as

0:57needed

1:04before we do anything else we need to

1:06install the ch340 driver we have a link

1:09to this in our official documentation

1:11but i’ll also place a link in the

1:12description of this video so that way

1:14you can make sure you get to this page

1:16and download the correct thing

1:18for windows there’s only going to be one

1:20option under the windows header so we’ll

1:22need to click on the download windows

1:24ch340 driver which will download the

1:27driver in a zip file

1:30we’ll want to click on the link and then

1:31save that zip file

1:35once downloaded you’ll need to go to the

1:37download location right click on the zip

1:40file

1:42and choose extract all

1:44then just click the extract button on

1:46this dialog window

1:49once you’ve done that you’ll get a

1:50pop-up folder that has the executable

1:52file for the driver and we’ll need to

1:54open that so we can get this driver

1:56installed

1:58the driver install window is very simple

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2:00there’s not much to do other than to

2:01click on the install button and it’s a

2:04very very quick install and shouldn’t

2:05take more than a second or two before

2:08you get the pop-up saying that the drive

2:10is successfully installed or in my case

2:12successfully pre-installed in advance

2:15and the ch340 driver has been installed

2:17so we can move on to the next step

2:20now that we’ve got the driver installed

2:22we can head over to the d1 and plug in

2:24the power cable as well as the included

2:26usb cable one end needs to go into the

2:28d1 and the other end into your computer

2:30and then we can power on the machine

2:33you’ll see a little status led as well

2:35as the laser positioning will light up

2:37on the laser head the d1 became

2:40compatible with light burn through a

2:42firmware update and so we will need to

2:44update the firmware on the d1 we’ll do

2:46this by downloading the laser box basic

2:49which is make blocker the x tool

2:51software i’ll have a link in the

2:53description as well over to this so that

2:55way you can download and get this

2:57installed

2:58there’s a version for both windows it

2:59does require windows 7 and above as well

3:02as mac and we will be downloading the

3:03windows version

3:05by clicking on the link which will then

3:07download the executable file

3:10once the file has finished downloading

3:12click on it and it will open up the

3:14installer window which will guide you

3:16through the installation process it’s

3:18pretty straightforward and you’ll just

3:19need to click next followed by install

3:21and the program will begin to install

3:24once complete click the finish button to

3:27open laser box basic

3:29once the program is opened we’ll need to

3:31head up to the top left where it says

3:33menu and click on that to open up the

3:35drop down menu

3:37then we’ll head down to check for

3:39firmware and click on that to open up

3:41the dialog window

3:44in this window we’ll need to go to the

3:46select a device and click that drop down

3:48if as long as your machine is plugged in

3:50and powered on and you’ve installed the

3:52driver you should see laser box followed

3:54by a com number and we’ll need to select

3:57that

3:58then when you click connect you’ll be

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4:00greeted by this update window it’ll let

4:02you know that you have a firmware

4:04version that is not the latest and by

4:06clicking on the update now button it

4:08will start the firmware update process

4:11this process did take a minute or two

4:13and there is a blue status bar going

4:15across the screen so i would just let it

4:17sit until you make sure that it has

4:19completed successfully

4:20once it’s done you’ll see a blue

4:22checkbox just saying that the firmware

4:24has updated and if you want you can head

4:26back to the check for firmware option

4:28and it will let you know that you have

4:29the latest firmware already installed

4:31which is what we want to see and we’re

4:32now ready to continue

4:35the last thing we want to do before

4:36installing lightburn is grab the

4:38configuration file that xtool has

4:40created for their d1 it’s in their user

4:42manual for getting the d1 to work with

4:44light burn below the firmware update

4:46process that we just covered and i’ll

4:48have a link in the description of this

4:49video over to that so that way you can

4:51download this file it’s just a

4:53lb dev file and we’ll need to save that

4:56we’ll be accessing it in just a moment

5:00now we’re ready to download lightburn to

5:02do this we’ll head over to the download

5:04and trial page

5:08and we’ll scroll down to where there is

5:09the different options for lightburn

5:12for windows there’s a 64-bit as well as

5:14a 32-bit version most modern computers

5:17are going to be using the 64-bit version

5:19but if you want to confirm before

5:21downloading this can easily be done by

5:23heading down to the start menu

5:26and searching system

5:29and the first thing that should pop up

5:30is system information

5:33clicking on that will open up a window

5:34that’ll contain some information about

5:36your specific computer

5:38and if we look for the line that says

5:40system type we can see that mine says 64

5:43based pc so i know i have a 64-bit

5:45computer and if yours is 32 it would say

5:4832 there

5:50with that information we can now close

5:52out of here and download the appropriate

5:54version of lightburn

5:56as we confirmed i’ll be downloading the

5:5864-bit version

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6:01clicking on the link will download the

6:02executable file which we’ll need to save

6:07then once it’s completed downloading we

6:09can click on that to open the installer

6:11window

6:12the install process is really simple and

6:14just like anything else you’d install on

6:16your computer we’re going to click next

6:18and install and it will go ahead and go

6:21through the installation of light burn

6:24once complete you’ll get to this final

6:26window where there’s a couple options

6:28particularly the install ftdi serial

6:31driver this is not something that we

6:32need for our particular machine and all

6:35that’s left to do is click the launch

6:37light burn button or finish because it’s

6:39checked by default

6:42the first time lightburn opens up you’ll

6:43be greeted by this empty device window

6:45that’s expected we need to now add our

6:48d1 and because they’ve provided the

6:50configuration file this is a really

6:52simple process

6:54all we’ll do is head down to the import

6:56option and click on that

6:58then locate that lbdev file that we just

7:00downloaded a moment ago and click on

7:03that

7:04and open that file

7:07now as we can see we’ve got the xtool d1

7:10in our device list and if we click on it

7:12once we can actually see in the bottom

7:14the different things that it says about

7:16the machine based off that file that

7:18it’s connected via serial usb it’s got

7:20the work area the origin that’s at the

7:23rear left and the auto home is disabled

7:26which is what we want because this

7:27machine doesn’t come with limit switches

7:30if in the laser window it says

7:32disconnected we’ll need to head down to

7:34next to devices where it says choose

7:37and clicking on that will open up the

7:38drop down menu where i can see com4

7:41which is for my laser and as soon as i

7:44click on that the status changes to

7:46ready looking up in the console window

7:48we can actually see that it says xtool

7:50d1 and it has the firmware version

7:52listed

7:54if at some point you open up light burn

7:56and your d1 is powered on and plugged in

7:58but it says disconnected it’s a good

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8:00idea to head down back to where we just

8:02selected the com port and check to see

8:04if there are multiple options or if

8:06perhaps your computer has assigned a

8:09different com port to the d1 and you can

8:11just cycle through those options until

8:13you find the one that is correct for

8:15your machine

8:23before we do anything else we first need

8:25to install the ch340 driver we have a

8:28link to this in our official

8:29documentation but i’ll also place a

8:31direct link in the description of this

8:33video over to the download page to make

8:35sure you download the correct thing

8:37for mac you’ll need to scroll down and

8:39there are a couple of different options

8:41i recommend going with the latest which

8:43is the version 1.5 mac os driver package

8:46direct download

8:48clicking on the link will first need to

8:50save the package and then run the

8:51installer

8:52once the installer opens you’ll just

8:54need to follow along like you’d install

8:56anything on your mac click continue and

8:59then install when it does come time to

9:01install it very likely will ask you to

9:03enter in your user password for your mac

9:06which you’ll need to do and then it will

9:08finish up the installation process

9:10when the install is finished it will ask

9:12you to reboot your mac which you’ll want

9:14to do before continuing on

9:16with the driver installed we can now

9:18plug in the power cable as well as the

9:20included usb one end needs to go into

9:22the d1 and the other end into your mac

9:25then we can flip the power on

9:27you should see the status led as well as

9:29the laser alignment light up when the

9:31machine is turned on

9:34the d1 became compatible with lightburn

9:36through a firmware update so we need to

9:38start off by heading over to xtools

9:40website and in the top menu under

9:42explore clicking on software

9:44in the top of this page you’ll see d1

9:47download xtool d1 software and we’ll

9:49need to click on that

9:51make sure you click on the correct link

9:52as they do have a completely separate

9:54software for their other machines

9:56we are downloading laser box basic

9:58version 1.2.0 they have a version for

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10:01windows and one for mac so we will click

10:03on the mac version to download the

10:05package file

10:06once it has completed downloading click

10:08on the file and it will open up the

10:10installer that will guide you through

10:11the rest of the process

10:13click continue and then install the

10:15program will ask you for your max

10:18username or your password so enter that

10:20in and the installation will continue

10:23on my mac this took about a minute in

10:25total

10:27once the installation has completed and

10:29you click close it will ask if you want

10:31to move the installer to your trash

10:32which is fine to do

10:35with the program installed we can head

10:36down to our launch pad and open laser

10:39box basic

10:41the first thing i recommend doing is

10:42heading up to the menu which is going to

10:45be in the top left and clicking on that

10:47to open up the drop menu

10:50next we’ll head to check for updates at

10:52the time of recording this 1.2 is the

10:55latest for their software but it’s not a

10:57bad idea to make sure that you are on

10:58the latest to make sure you get the

11:00latest firmware as we can see on the top

11:02it says latest version is already

11:04installed

11:05under that same menu we’ll head down to

11:08check for firmware

11:09clicking on that will open up the

11:11firmware update dialog window it’ll tell

11:14you to make sure your device is

11:15connected via usb cable and we also want

11:18it to be powered on

11:20in the selected device drop-down you

11:22should see your device listed as

11:23laserbox and we will click on that to

11:26select our device

11:28next click on the connect button and

11:30this window will tell us whether we need

11:32a firmware update

11:34it says that the current firmware

11:35version is too low and it’s recommended

11:37to upgrade the firmware which is exactly

11:39what i expected to see

11:41at this point all we need to do is click

11:43on the update now button and the update

11:45process will begin this will take about

11:48a minute or two and there is a progress

11:50bar so just let the machine do its thing

11:52and when it’s completed you will see a

11:55check mark letting you know that the

11:57update has gone successfully

11:59once completed the final step that i

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12:01recommend is to head back to that same

12:03menu go back to the check for firmware

12:06option and go through the process one

12:08more time you will need to select your

12:10device again and click connect

12:14and if everything went successfully what

12:15we’re hoping to see is that the latest

12:17firmware is already installed

12:20once you see this you can close out of

12:22laser box basic and we are ready to

12:24continue

12:25before we install lightburn we’ll want

12:27to download the configuration file

12:29provided by xtool i’ll have a link in

12:31the description over to this article

12:33which is their article on getting the d1

12:36set up and running with lightburn and if

12:38you scroll down below the firmware

12:40update information you’ll find a link

12:42for a lb dev file you’ll want to click

12:45on that and then save it somewhere on

12:47your computer so that way we can access

12:49it in just a moment

12:52next we’re ready to install lightburn

12:54we’ll start off by heading over to the

12:56download and trial page on the lightburn

12:58website and scroll down until we see the

13:00macos version of lightburn

13:03clicking on that will allow us to save

13:05the package file that we’ll need to

13:07install light burn on our mac

13:09in the pop-up window we’ll just want to

13:11click save

13:13once downloaded when you click on it it

13:15will open up a finder window with the

13:17light burn icon in your applications

13:19folder

13:21you’ll need to drag the light burn icon

13:22into the applications folder to install

13:24it on your mac

13:26the first time you try to open up

13:28lightburn you’ll get a pop-up

13:29notification saying that it cannot be

13:31opened which is expected we’ll need to

13:33click on the show in finder option

13:37doing this will open up another finder

13:39window with all of our applications and

13:41we’ll scroll down until we see light

13:42burn

13:44right click on light burn and select

13:46open

13:48when you do this you’ll get a similar

13:50notification but this time we’ll have

13:52the option to open which is exactly what

13:54we’re going to do

13:55this will only have to be done the first

13:57time that you install lightburn or if

13:59you install an update after that you can

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14:01open up light burn like you would any

14:03other program from your dock or from

14:05launch pad

14:07the first time lightburn opens you’ll be

14:09greeted by this empty device window

14:11which is to be expected we’ll need to

14:13add our d1 machine and thanks to that

14:16file we downloaded it is a very very

14:18simple process we’ll start off by

14:20heading down to the import button and

14:22then we’ll need to browse for that xtool

14:24d1 lb dev file

14:27then select it and click open

14:30as soon as it opens you’ll see in the

14:32device list the xtool d1 and if you

14:34select it and look down at the bottom

14:36you can see some information about it

14:38like that it is set up for a serial usb

14:40connection it’s got a work area of 432

14:43by 408 millimeters and the origin is at

14:46the rear left

14:48once you’ve confirmed that it’s imported

14:50we can select ok to close the device

14:52window now if we look at the laser

14:54window in the bottom right we can see

14:56that it says ready however if we look in

14:59the top where the console window is we

15:01can see it’s actually saying that it’s

15:02waiting for connection

15:04so what we’ll need to do is head down to

15:06that laser window and next to devices

15:08there is a drop down and we’re looking

15:10for the usb serial you may have multiple

15:13options that you need to try but i’ve

15:15only got the usb serial 110 so i will

15:18select that

15:20once i’ve clicked that it will take a

15:21moment and if we look up in the console

15:24now we can see that it has connected and

15:26it detects the x tool and it even has

15:28the firmware version on it

15:31lightburn will try to reconnect to your

15:32machine as long as it’s powered on and

15:34plugged in when you open up lightburn if

15:36for some reason you see disconnected and

15:38not ready in the laser window in the

15:40future there’s a chance that it is now

15:42plugged into a different usb port or the

15:44computer has assigned it a different com

15:46port in that instance we’ll just also

15:48need to go back down to the drop down

15:51next to devices and see if there is

15:53another usb serial option that we can

15:55select or cycle through the existing

15:57options until you find the one that is

15:59your x tool d1

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16:07now that the d1 is set up we’re going to

16:09run through a small sample project

16:10engraving some text this will teach us

16:13both the basic tools as well as the

16:15overall workflow of using light burn

16:18in light burn there’s a few different

16:19methods for how to position the laser

16:22head and sort of how to tell lightburn

16:23how you’d like to run a job those three

16:25methods are absolute coordinates current

16:28position

16:29as well as the user origin in today’s

16:32video specifically we’re going to be

16:34focusing on the absolute coordinates if

16:36you’re interested in the current

16:37position or user origin we’ll be

16:40covering those in a separate video

16:42absolute coordinates is going to be the

16:44best for beginners as well as the

16:46easiest to understand i’ll place a link

16:47in the description of this video over to

16:49this official documentation and i think

16:51it does a really good job of explaining

16:54what absolute coordinates is and sort of

16:55how it works it states that the page

16:57grid you see in the main editing window

17:00represents your machine’s work area

17:02anything you place in the area will be

17:04cut in the corresponding place on your

17:06machine in this example image with the

17:07two rings they’re roughly in the center

17:09of our workspace and with absolute

17:11coordinates we know that it is going to

17:13be engraving in that same location on

17:15our laser’s bed so roughly the center

17:18and however we move those two rings

17:20whether it’s up left it would then

17:21engrave further up left or down right

17:23further down right the laser is going to

17:25engrave these rings in relation to where

17:28we have them placed in our workspace in

17:30the same example if we look on the

17:32bottom left we’ll see both a red and a

17:34green square the green square represents

17:36the job origin and the red square

17:38represents the machine origin both of

17:40these will always be in the same corner

17:42when you’re using the absolute

17:43coordinates and what that means is we

17:46want to have the laser head physically

17:49in the same location as where the job

17:51origin is and in the case of the x tool

17:54d1 this is set to the top left and we’ll

17:57want to make sure the head of the laser

17:58is in the top left corner of our machine

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18:00before we run a job on a machine with

18:02limit switches it would automatically

18:04home itself to the appropriate corner on

18:06the xtool d1 it does not have limit

18:08switches so we will need to manually do

18:10this this is a very simple process and

18:12just requires you to physically move the

18:15hand of the laser using your hands to

18:17the appropriate corner before powering

18:19on the machine don’t worry about doing

18:20this right this second we’ll be covering

18:22it in just a moment

18:24next we’ll head over to the d1 and power

18:27off the machine before grabbing the

18:29piece of material we’ll be using for

18:30this tutorial i’m using a thin piece of

18:33bulsa wood but for the sake of following

18:34along with this tutorial any material is

18:36going to be fine

18:38we’ll need to place the material

18:39somewhere in our workspace towards the

18:41center and then drag the head of the

18:44laser over that piece of material

18:47next drop down the kickstand to help us

18:48set the correct height of the laser for

18:50our material and loosen the thumb screw

18:52on the left side

18:54doing so will allow the laser to freely

18:56move up and down and we’ll just want to

18:57drop it all the way down onto the top of

18:59our material once in place use one hand

19:02to hold the laser head still and the

19:04other hand to tighten that thumb screw

19:05again

19:06before folding the laser focus tool away

19:09as we mentioned a moment ago we’re using

19:11absolute coordinates and so at this

19:13point we’ll take the head of the laser

19:15and move it all the way to the back left

19:17of the machine butting up against the

19:19frame once in place you can power on the

19:21machine and we’re ready to head over to

19:23lightburn to start our design

19:25if not already the first thing we’ll do

19:27in lightburn is set it to absolute

19:29coordinates we’ll do this by looking in

19:31the laser window on the bottom right

19:33there’s a starts from section with a

19:35drop down menu clicking on there you can

19:37see the three different modes all we’ll

19:39need to do is select absolute and as we

19:41can see now the green and red box are in

19:43the top left corner which is exactly

19:45what we want

19:47for our design we’ll start off by using

19:48the text tool which will be in the left

19:51toolbar it is the icon of the letter a

19:55and clicking on that will activate the

19:57text tool

19:58then click somewhere in the center area

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20:01of your workspace which will show the

20:03text cursor and type in your name or

20:06whatever word it is you want to engrave

20:08i’m going to use lightburn

20:10once we’re done typing our word we want

20:12to get back to the selection tool to do

20:14that we can either head to the top left

20:16of the toolbar and click on the mouse

20:18cursor which is for the selection tool

20:20or we can hit escape on our keyboard

20:23once to get out of the current word that

20:25we’re typing and escape one more time to

20:28get back to the selection tool

20:31now that we’ve got something in our

20:32workspace if we head to the cuts and

20:34layers window we can see some

20:35information regarding our design it’s

20:38saying here that everything in a

20:39workspace that is in the color black is

20:42currently set to fill mode with a speed

20:44of 3 500 millimeters per minute and a

20:47power of 55 percent

20:49we’re going to start off by changing the

20:51mode from fill to line if it’s not

20:53already line to do that we will just

20:55click on the drop down where phil is and

20:58choose line

21:01in that same window if we look down

21:02towards the bottom there we can see that

21:04there are text boxes where we can change

21:06things like the speed the max power the

21:09minimum power as well as the pass count

21:11we are not going to touch those for now

21:13but that is where you can edit those

21:15values

21:17next we’ll head up to the preview window

21:20that’s going to be in the top toolbar

21:21and the icon is the one that looks like

21:23a computer monitor

21:26clicking on that will open up the

21:27preview dialog window

21:29and this is where you can see what your

21:31current design output with your settings

21:33will look like and everything in black

21:35would be where the laser is going to

21:37engrave and all of the red lines are the

21:40travel movements

21:42in the bottom of the window there is a

21:44play button where you can actually watch

21:46a simulation of the path that the laser

21:49would take to do the engraving and you

21:51can also adjust things in this window

21:52like playback speed if it’s a long

21:55design and it’s going to take a really

21:56long time you probably don’t want to

21:57watch it back in real time and you can

21:59also grab the progress bar to scrub back

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22:01and forth this is a really good place to

22:03get in the habit of checking to make

22:04sure that everything in your design and

22:06the settings you’ve chosen are going to

22:08output in the correct way or the way

22:09that you think they’re going to be

22:11output

22:13in light burn there are a lot of ways to

22:15customize text if you select the text to

22:17make it active you’ll know it’s active

22:19based off of the squiggly lines and you

22:21look up in the top toolbar you can

22:23change quite a few things like font the

22:25height vertical and horizontal spacing

22:28uppercase italicize bold just to name a

22:30few and in the font drop down you can

22:33scroll through the various fonts

22:35installed on your computer and you’ll be

22:36able to see your text update in real

22:38time which is a really handy way to make

22:41sure you like the text or that it’s

22:42going to go correctly with your project

22:45we’ll go through here and choose a font

22:46that we want for our engraving when you

22:48find one that you like just select it

22:50and it will apply it to your text

22:52in your design if you make a change or

22:54modification that you are not happy with

22:56you can easily undo this by going up

22:59into the top toolbar and there is both

23:01an undo and a redo arrow as well as

23:04control z on the keyboard is a shortcut

23:07to undo the last command

23:10next we’ll go back over to the cuts and

23:12layers window and we’re going to change

23:14the mode for our text from line to fill

23:16once again we do that by just clicking

23:18the drop down under mode and selecting

23:21the one that we want which in this case

23:22is fill

23:24once we’ve applied fill we’ll head back

23:26to the top toolbar and open up the

23:28preview window so that way we can see

23:29what changes we have made in line mode

23:32the output showed that it was only going

23:34to be outlining our text and with fill

23:36mode it does just that it fills in our

23:39text if we hit the play button on the

23:40bottom corner again we can now see that

23:42the laser head will be traveling back

23:44and forth in sort of a scanning or

23:46zigzag pattern filling in the entire

23:48face of our text

23:51next we’re going to create an outline of

23:53our text using the offset tool we’ll

23:55need to make sure our text is selected

23:57and we’ll head over to the left toolbar

23:59and click on the bold o icon in the

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24:02center of that toolbar to open up the

24:04offset dialog window in this window

24:06there’s quite a bit of things we can

24:08control or customize we can change the

24:10direction from outward inward or both of

24:13our offset we also can play around with

24:15the different corner styles from round

24:17to bevel or corner and of course we can

24:19adjust the offset distance when

24:22adjusting the offset distance you have a

24:23couple of different ways of doing this

24:25you can type in the specific number that

24:27you’d like in the text box you can also

24:29use the arrows on the right hand side of

24:32that text box and if you have your mouse

24:34cursor over the text box you can

24:36actually use the scroll wheel on your

24:39mouse to quickly scrub through the

24:40different sizes until you find the one

24:42that you like there’s not really a right

24:44or wrong here and you can choose

24:45whichever you think looks best i’m going

24:47to be going with a round corner style on

24:49the outside direction with an offset

24:51distance of 5 millimeters once you’re

24:54happy with your settings click ok to

24:56apply and close the

24:58window now we want to select just the

25:01outline if the inner text is selected

25:03you can just click away or hit escape on

25:05your keyboard to unselect that inner

25:08text and that will allow us to click on

25:09the outline

25:11once again you’ll know it’s active

25:12because of these squiggly lines on the

25:14outline

25:15with the outline actively selected head

25:17down to the bottom where there is the

25:19color palette and choose a different

25:20color to set the outline to i went with

25:23red and you can instantly see that the

25:25outline is now red in our workspace also

25:28if you look up in the cuts and layers

25:30window you can now see we have a second

25:32layer which is for the color red that we

25:34just chose and it’s got its own set of

25:36unique settings

25:38our text should still be in fill mode

25:39and for that new outline we want that to

25:41be in line mode

25:43in the cuts and layers window we are

25:45going to be setting the speed and power

25:47by selecting the layer that we want to

25:50edit the values on and then there are

25:52text boxes in the bottom right the

25:53settings here are going to depend

25:55heavily on whether you have the 5 watt

25:57or 10 watt version of the d1 also what

25:59material you’re engraving as well as

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26:02just a bit of personal preference for

26:04the fill layer i’m going with 3 500

26:07millimeters per minute and 45 power and

26:10for the outline i want it a bit darker

26:12so i’m slowing it down to 1500

26:14millimeters per minute with 60 power

26:17but there’s not exactly a right or wrong

26:19here and you can always come back and

26:20adjust settings if you need to increase

26:22the power or decrease the power as well

26:25as adjust the speeds

26:26with the speed and power set we’ll head

26:28back up to the preview window and take a

26:30look at our output

26:32what we’ll see is that the face of the

26:34text is going to be filled so the laser

26:35will be traveling back and forth and

26:37once completed it will run the outline

26:39pass which is just a single pass going

26:41around the outside of our text

26:44now you can close out of the preview

26:45window and we’re going to start with

26:47framing our job in the laser window if

26:49we click the square framing button the

26:51head of the laser will travel to the

26:53area it’s going to be running the

26:55engraving and it will run an outline on

26:57the outermost portion of our engraving

26:59so in this section we’ll be pressing the

27:01square framing button a few times and

27:03each time we’ll be moving our piece of

27:05material to make sure that it’s

27:06completely under the laser head and also

27:09that we’ve got it as aligned as possible

27:11with the d1 because it has that

27:13positioning laser built into it it makes

27:15it very very simple in my case i did

27:18shrink down the text a bit because it

27:19was a little bit too large and it went

27:21with a different piece of wood because

27:23the really thin piece of balsa wood that

27:25i had was uneven and was causing issues

27:27with the head of the laser actually

27:29bumping into it

27:31as you can see here on my final pass

27:33it’s pretty well centered and it’s

27:35definitely on top of that piece of wood

27:37so i’m happy with the positioning of

27:39where this engraving is going to be

27:41once you’re happy with the positioning

27:42all that’s left to do is press the start

27:45button in that same laser window and the

27:47job will begin to run you’ll want to

27:49make sure that you’ve got your laser

27:50safety glasses on and that you’re always

27:52close by the laser whenever you’re

27:54running a job to make sure that if

27:55something happens you can quickly and

27:57easily stop it

27:59after a few minutes you should have your

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28:01completed engraving and this has been a

28:03great first step in learning a bit about

28:05the d1 and how the machine functions as

28:08well as lightburn some of the basic

28:10tools how to use some of the design

28:12tools as well as how to set the output

28:15for your job the next steps i’d

28:17recommend would be to take a look in our

28:19official documentation as well as join

28:22the official lightburn forums and of

28:24course to check out the wide range of

28:27video tutorials we have on our youtube

28:29channel links will be in the description

28:31of this video to all of the mentioned

28:32resources

28:35if you’re a machine manufacturer and

28:36would like us to make a video like this

28:38about your machine please contact us at

28:40 business@lightburnsoftware.com

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