LightBurn Tutorial 26 – Setting Up The SculpFun 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 SculpFun 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 a SCULPFUN 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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SculpFun Laser Engraving with LightBurn
SculpFun Laser Engraving with LightBurn

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0:02the sculpt fun s9 is a diode-based laser

0:05engraver with a work area of 410 by 420

0:08millimeters the s9 builds on the

0:10previous generation s6 engraver and

0:12features a 5.5 watt laser fixed focus

0:15for easier adjustment as well as a

0:17circular cover on the end of the laser’s

0:19head to help with filtering uv light you

0:21will still want to be sure you’re

0:22wearing appropriate laser safety glasses

0:24when operating the machine the machine

0:26is constructed of aluminum extrusions

0:27that come with easy to follow assembly

0:29instructions that should have you up and

0:30running in about 30 minutes the s9 is

0:33running grbl firmware and is compatible

0:35with light burn in this video we’ll go

0:37through the process of getting the

0:39sculpt fun s9 set up with light burn on

0:41windows as well as mac and we’ll go

0:43through a short tutorial project this

0:45project will help you get familiar with

0:46lightburn and show the process of

0:48running a job on a machine without limit

0:50switches timestamps will be in the

0:52description below so that you can skip

0:53around as needed

1:00the first thing you’ll need to do is

1:02download the driver for the scope fun s9

1:05and for this it’s the fairly common

1:07ch340 driver that’s used by a lot of

1:10different diode lasers we have a link to

1:12this in our documentation but i’ll also

1:14place a link in the description of this

1:16video to this direct downloads page to

1:18make sure that you are downloading the

1:20correct thing for windows there’s only

1:22one option and you will need to click on

1:24the download windows ch340 driver which

1:28will download a zip file once the zip

1:30file has been downloaded you’ll need to

1:31extract that file to do so just open up

1:34the folder that it’s been downloaded in

1:36which is typically your downloads folder

1:40and then right click on the zip file

1:43and select extract all

1:46it’ll let you choose where you want to

1:47extract it but the default location is

1:50the same location as the zip file itself

1:53once extracted it’ll open up another

1:55window that will have the executable

1:56file to install the ch340 driver so

1:59we’ll need to double click that to open

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2:01up the driver installation window on

2:03this window all that you need to do is

2:05select install there’s only one driver

2:07option so you don’t need to make any

2:09changes

2:11it should be fairly quick and once the

2:13install is complete you’ll get a pop-up

2:15just saying that the driver install has

2:17succeeded and you are ready to move on

2:19to the next step

2:22with the driver installed we can plug

2:23the power cable into our machine

2:26followed by the included usb cable one

2:29side should go into the machine and the

2:30other should go into your computer and

2:33then we can power on the sculpt fun s9

2:36you’ll know it’s powered on because the

2:37heatsink fan will kick on and you should

2:39also see a led on the top of the laser

2:42as well now we’re ready to head over and

2:44install lightburn

2:46now that we’ve got the machine powered

2:48on and plugged in we’re ready to

2:49download lightburn to do that you’ll

2:51need to head over to the download page

2:53on our website and scroll down to where

2:55you’ll see a couple of different options

2:57for windows there’s a 64-bit version as

3:00well as a 32-bit version most modern

3:02computers are going to be running the

3:0464-bit version of windows but if you

3:06want to confirm this you can easily do

3:08so by mousing over the start menu and

3:10clicking on the start menu and then

3:12typing in sys or system which will pull

3:15up the system information app and when

3:17you click on that it’ll open up a window

3:19that will contain a lot of information

3:21about your specific computer as well as

3:24the type of operating system it’s

3:26running and as you can see here next to

3:28system type mine says 64 so i know that

3:31i am running a 64-bit system and yours

3:34will also tell you if yours is 64 or

3:36again 32-bit

3:37now that we have that information we can

3:39head back over to the downloads page and

3:41select the correct version again i have

3:44a 64-bit version of windows so i’m going

3:46to be choosing the 64-bit version of

3:48lightburn when you select that it will

3:50open up a window to allow you to save

3:52the lightburn installer which will then

3:54go ahead and download and once it’s done

3:56downloading if you click on it that will

3:58launch the lightburn installer window

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4:01once the installer pops up it will guide

4:03you through the entire installation

4:05process there’s no special steps here

4:07and you’re just going to be installing

4:08it like you would any other program on

4:10your computer

4:12if you just select next for all of the

4:13different options that will get you to

4:15where you need to be

4:18on the final window of the installer

4:19you’ll see a couple of different options

4:21you can ignore these the ftdi driver is

4:23specifically for larger dsp machines and

4:26not a diode laser so at this window if

4:29we click finish it will launch up light

4:32burn the first time lightburn starts

4:34you’ll be greeted by the device window

4:35and we’ll need to add a device as you

4:37see in the device list it’s blank which

4:39is expected we need to then add the

4:41sculpt point s9 and to do this we’ll

4:44start off by heading down to the find my

4:46laser option which will open up the find

4:48my laser dialog window this window will

4:51scan our computer to see if it detects

4:53any lasers that are connected at this

4:55point again the laser should be

4:57connected via usb to your computer as

4:59well as powered on

5:01once you’ve confirmed that that’s the

5:03case click next and it will take a brief

5:05moment as it scans the system to see if

5:07it detects our machine and it did we can

5:10see here that we’ve got a grbl machine

5:12that’s got a work area of 410 by 400

5:14millimeters on com port 4 as well as

5:17that it is connected via serial and usb

5:19and it is a g-code type machine if for

5:22some reason it doesn’t detect your

5:23machine i’d recommend confirming that

5:25you installed the driver that we covered

5:27earlier in the video as well as

5:29restarting your computer the other thing

5:30to try is power cycling your machine and

5:33then unplugging and plugging in the usb

5:35cable once again because it should

5:37detect your machine

5:39when you do see your device pop up you

5:40can head down to the add device button

5:42and select that to go through the rest

5:44of the setup process

5:46the first window is going to ask you to

5:48name your machine and this is especially

5:50important if you’ve got multiple

5:52machines to be able to easily identify

5:54which one you’re selecting in this case

5:56i only have one sculpt fun s9 so i’m

5:58just going to go ahead and name this

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6:00device the sculpt fun s9

6:03you’ll also want to confirm the work

6:04area of the machine the 410 by 400 is

6:07read directly off of the controller and

6:08that’s what i recommend leaving it at

6:10there is a slightly larger value for the

6:12work area listed on sculpt funds product

6:14page and i did confirm that you can get

6:16a few more millimeters if you really

6:18want to but with the 410 by 400 you

6:20don’t have any risk of accidentally

6:22having the head run into the extrusion

6:24so again it’s just a safe place to keep

6:25those values at

6:27the next window will ask you where the

6:29origin is for your laser which should be

6:31the front left it should automatically

6:33choose that for you but if not for the

6:35sculpt fun s9 you will want to select

6:37the front left and that’s the case for

6:38just about all g code based machines

6:41and then for the auto home your laser on

6:43startup it does have that unchecked

6:45which is what we want that’s only

6:46something you’d want enabled if you have

6:48a machine with end stops but in the case

6:50of the s9 it does not and would cause

6:52issues if it was enabled so leaving the

6:54values how they are which is front left

6:56and disabled for the auto home is going

6:59to be correct the final window is just a

7:02summary of all the different settings

7:03that we chose just to confirm that

7:05everything still looks correct which it

7:07does so we can select finish

7:09and now in our device list we’ve got the

7:11scope fun s9 which is what we want to

7:13see and it says that it is a grbl based

7:16machine

7:17at this point we can select ok in this

7:19window to close out of the device window

7:22and if everything has gone correctly in

7:24the laser window on the bottom right you

7:26should now see the status ready listed

7:30also if you look at the console window

7:33you can see that lightburn has read some

7:34values off of the controller

7:38if at some point you open lightburn and

7:40see that the laser status doesn’t read

7:42ready but it says disconnect and the

7:43machine is powered on and plugged in

7:45it’s very possible that your computer

7:47has assigned it a different com port and

7:49so to check this if we go down in that

7:51same laser window next to where it says

7:53devices there will be a drop down where

7:54we can see all of the different active

7:56com ports on our computer currently i

7:58only have com4 that’s my laser that’s

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8:00plugged in but if you have multiple

8:02options it’s a good idea to try the

8:03different com ports and see if you’re

8:05able to reconnect to your laser

8:14before we do anything else we need to

8:16install the ch340 driver which is the

8:19most common driver used for a lot of

8:21diode lasers we have a link to this in

8:23our official documentation but i’ll also

8:25place a link to this direct page so that

8:27way you can make sure that you download

8:28the correct thing

8:30on this page if you scroll down there is

8:32a section for macintosh i recommend

8:34going with the direct download link

8:36currently as a recording the version 1.5

8:39is going to be the latest and clicking

8:41on that will download the package file

8:44once you’ve saved it and it’s downloaded

8:46clicking on it will open up the

8:47installer which will guide you through

8:49the rest of the process

8:52just go ahead and install this like you

8:54would any other program on your computer

8:57it’s a fairly quick process and it

8:59likely will have you enter in your user

9:01password

9:03once it’s installed you might get this

9:05warning or notification that a system

9:07extension was blocked that’s fine you

9:09can just click ok on this window the

9:10main thing you want to see is that it

9:12says that it was successful the

9:13installation on the primary window and

9:15once that’s done before doing anything

9:17else there’s a restart button because

9:18you will want to restart your mac

9:21now that we’ve got the driver installed

9:23you can take your included power cable

9:25and plug it into your machine as well as

9:27the included usb cable one end will need

9:29to go into the sculpt phone s9 and the

9:31other end should be going into your mac

9:34and we’ll also need to power on the

9:35machine by flipping the little rocker

9:37switch you’ll know that the machine is

9:39powered on because the heatsink fan will

9:41kick on and you’ll see a little led on

9:43top of the laser

9:46next we’re ready to download and install

9:48light burn to do this we’ll need to head

9:50over to the downloads page on the

9:52official light burn website

9:54and scroll down to the area where there

9:56are some different download options

9:58for us we’re going to be going with the

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10:00mac os version and clicking on the mac

10:02os version link will download the

10:04package file

10:06that will then need to save

10:09once it’s completed downloading click on

10:11the downloaded file

10:12then we’ll need to drag the light burn

10:14icon into the applications folder which

10:16will install light burn

10:18the first time that you try to run

10:19lightburn you’ll get a notification

10:21pop-up saying that lightburn can’t be

10:23opened because apple cannot check it for

10:25malicious software this is expected and

10:28all we’ll need to do at this point is

10:29click the show and finder option this

10:31will open up a finder window with all of

10:33our applications where we’ll need to

10:35scroll down to where we see light burn

10:37and right click on light burn

10:39and then choose open when you click open

10:42you’ll get another pop-up window that

10:44has a similar warning to the one that we

10:46previously saw but now we’ll have the

10:48ability to open the software clicking on

10:50open will let lightburn start up like

10:52normally and this is only going to

10:53happen the first time that you run it

10:55after this you can now start it from

10:58your launchpad and this will only happen

11:00again the first time you install

11:01lightburn or if you update leiper into a

11:03newer version

11:05the first time you open up lightburn

11:07you’ll be greeted by this device window

11:09and under the device list you’ll see

11:10that it’s blank which is to be expected

11:12we haven’t added anything yet and the

11:14first thing we’ll need to do is add our

11:16sculpt fun s9 to do this we’ll head down

11:18to the find my laser button and select

11:20that which will open up the device

11:22discovery wizard and at this point if

11:24you follow the steps you should have

11:25your machine both powered on and plugged

11:27into your computer which is necessary

11:29for this device discovery wizard to be

11:32able to find your laser clicking next

11:34it’s going to scan your computer to see

11:37if it detects any machines connected to

11:39it it might take a second but if all

11:40goes well you should see your machine

11:43listed if for some reason you don’t see

11:45your device listed then make sure you

11:47did install the driver that we covered

11:49earlier i would also recommend powering

11:50on and off your machine unplugging and

11:52plugging in the usb cable again and

11:55restarting light burn as you can see

11:57lightburn did detect our machine and it

11:59was able to read some information off of

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12:01it that it is running grbl firmware with

12:04a work envelope of 410 by 400

12:08millimeters and also that it is a g-code

12:10type machine connected via serial and

12:13usb once you see your device listed here

12:15you can go down to click add device

12:18which will take you through the rest of

12:19the setup this page is going to ask you

12:21to name your device this is especially

12:23important if you’ve got multiple

12:24machines that you’re running since i’ve

12:25only got one sculpt fun s9 i’m going to

12:28just name it the actual model number

12:30which again is the sculpt fun s9 as far

12:32as the dimensions or the work area the

12:35410 by 400 is read directly off of the

12:38controller on the skull fun website they

12:41do have a slightly larger work envelope

12:44listed and i did confirm that you can

12:46squeeze a few more millimeters out of

12:47both the x and y but to be safe and to

12:50prevent your laser’s head from bumping

12:52into the extrusions i recommend starting

12:54off with the 410 by 400. the next page

12:57is going to ask where the origin is for

12:59the laser which should be the front left

13:01and it should have that marked actually

13:02if for some reason it doesn’t then just

13:04select the front left that’s the case

13:06for this machine and that’s primarily

13:08where it is for most of the g-code based

13:10machines also there’s an option for auto

13:12home relaser on startup that’s only

13:14something that you want checked if your

13:16machine has end stops in the case of the

13:18s9 it does not so you’ll want to make

13:20sure that you leave it unchecked or red

13:22which is what it should be by default

13:24based off of the parameters it read off

13:26of your controller just a moment ago

13:29once you’ve confirmed those two things

13:31you can click next the final window

13:32contains a summary of all of the

13:34different settings we’ve chosen up until

13:36now it’s a good idea to just quickly

13:38browse through these but everything here

13:40looks great and we can go ahead and

13:41select finish

13:43now in our device list we have the

13:45sculpt fun s9 listed and it says it is a

13:48grbl based machine and we can click ok

13:52in my experience on macs it’s going to

13:54say disconnected when you are done with

13:56the process all that you’re going to

13:58have to do is close lightburn and

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14:00quickly reopen light burn and it should

14:02automatically connect to your machine as

14:04you can see here now in the laser window

14:06it says ready and if we look up at the

14:08console we can actually see the light

14:10burn has read quite a bit of information

14:12off of the controller

14:14light burns typically going to reconnect

14:16to your machine every time you open up

14:18light burn as long as it’s powered on

14:20and plugged in but if for some reason it

14:22says disconnect it’s a good idea to go

14:23down to where it says devices in that

14:25laser window and select the drop down

14:27menu and as you can see here there’s a

14:29couple of different options for com

14:31ports i have the correct one selected

14:32which is the usb serial 1340. but if you

14:35have multiple options you can click on

14:37those and see if that will reconnect to

14:39your machine you also will want to when

14:41you choose one of these different

14:42devices close out of light burn and then

14:44reopen it just like we did a moment ago

14:46so that way it can connect to your

14:48device

14:54next we’re going to run through a small

14:55sample project engraving some text this

14:57will teach you some of the basic tools

15:00within light burn as well as get you

15:01familiar with the workflow of using

15:04light burn

15:07there are a couple of different ways

15:08within light burn to position your laser

15:11head and to tell lightburn how you want

15:13to run a job the three methods are

15:15absolute coordinates current position as

15:17well as user origin we’re not going to

15:20cover all of these in this video but we

15:21will in a separate video specifically in

15:23today’s video and project we’re going to

15:25be looking at the absolute coordinates

15:27which is the best for beginners and the

15:29easiest to understand i’ll place links

15:31in the description to this documentation

15:33but i think that our documentation does

15:35a great job of explaining it and it

15:37states that the page grid you see in the

15:39main editing window represents your

15:41machine’s work area anything you place

15:43in that area will be cut on its

15:45corresponding place on your machine so

15:47essentially what you see is what you get

15:49if you place something in the center of

15:51your workspace you can expect that it’s

15:52going to be engraving in the center of

15:54your machine in the example image here

15:57as well as in our workspace within

15:59lightburn we’ll see a red and a green

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16:01square on the bottom left corner if we

16:03have absolute coordinates selected and

16:06the green square represents the job

16:08origin and the red square represents the

16:10machine origin and that is where we are

16:12going to want to have our laser head

16:14before we start our job on a machine

16:17with end stops it would automatically

16:18home to the front left so you wouldn’t

16:20have to do it yourself but for a machine

16:22like the skull fun s9 it’s still a very

16:25simple process and we’ll just need to

16:27manually move the head of the laser to

16:29the front left using our hand before we

16:31power on the machine this is something

16:33that we’ll cover in a moment here so

16:35don’t worry about doing it yet

16:38we’ll start off by heading over to our

16:40s9 and powering off the machine and then

16:43we’ll need to grab whatever it is we’re

16:44going to be engraving i’m using a really

16:46thin piece of balsa project wood but it

16:49doesn’t matter whatever you’re using it

16:51is fine and you’ll start by placing it

16:53somewhere in your workspace next grab

16:55the head of the laser and drag it over

16:57your material before grabbing the

16:59included measurement tool

17:01we’ll need to loosen the two thumb

17:03screws located on the back side of the

17:05laser so that way we can slide it up and

17:06down and then place that measurement

17:08tool under the heat sink making sure

17:10that the head of the laser the heat sink

17:12portion is rested on the top of that

17:14piece

17:15once done use one hand to hold the head

17:17of the laser in place and your other

17:19hand to reach behind and tighten those

17:21two thumb screws this is to set the

17:23correct focal distance for this material

17:26once the head of the laser has been

17:28secured you can remove that measurement

17:30tool since we’re going to be using the

17:33absolute coordinates like we discussed

17:35we’ll need to grab the hand of the laser

17:37and move it all the way to the front

17:39left of the machine making sure it butts

17:41up against the frame the last step is

17:43just to power on our s9 and then we can

17:46hop over to light burn and start our

17:47design

17:49absolute coordinates should be the

17:50default value for the start from in

17:52light burn if for some reason it’s not

17:54just head over to the start from section

17:57in the laser window click the drop down

17:59and then choose absolute to switch over

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18:02to absolute coordinates now as you can

18:04see on the bottom left of the workspace

18:06we have that green and red square the

18:08first tool we’re going to use for our

18:10project is the text tool and we’ll get

18:12to that by going over to the left

18:14toolbar and clicking on the icon of the

18:17letter a

18:18you’ll know it’s activated because the a

18:20will turn red with the text tool active

18:22we’ll head back over to our workspace

18:24and click somewhere in the center to see

18:26the text cursor pop up where we can then

18:30enter whatever word it is we want to

18:31engrave i’m going to go ahead and

18:34engrave the word light burn

18:36to get out of the text tool and back to

18:38the select tool which is the default

18:41mouse cursor we can either go to the top

18:43left option on that toolbar or we can

18:45hit escape to exit out of the current

18:48text we’re typing

18:49and escape one more time to get back to

18:51that select tool

18:54now that we’ve got something in our

18:55workspace if we head up to the top right

18:58cuts and layers window we’ll see that we

19:00have a layer there and there’s quite a

19:02bit of information here this corresponds

19:05to a specific layer which is going to be

19:07anything on a workspace that has been

19:09generated with the color black we can

19:12see that the mode is set to fill mode

19:14the speed is set to 2000 which is 2 000

19:18millimeters a minute the power is set to

19:2120 percent and on the bottom of that

19:23window we’ve got the ability to adjust a

19:25couple of different settings like speed

19:27power how many passes we’d like as well

19:30as the interval

19:33if your mode isn’t set to line mode

19:35we’re going to go ahead and do that we

19:36just need to click where it says fill

19:38next to the color in the layer which

19:41will open up the drop down where we can

19:43select line

19:46now we’re going to head over to the

19:47preview window and to get there we’ll

19:49head up to the top toolbar and we’ll

19:51click on the icon that looks like a

19:53computer monitor which when you do that

19:55will pop up the preview dialog window

19:59in this window we can see what the

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20:01output of our current job will be all of

20:03the items in black are the actual

20:05portions that will be engraved and the

20:07thin red lines going between each of

20:09your letters are just showing the

20:10machine’s travel movements

20:13you can hit play on the bottom right

20:14which will actually show you what the

20:17path is that the laser will take

20:20and you can click and drag the timer

20:22back and forth to sort of quickly scrub

20:24through all of the engraving this is a

20:27really good place to get in the habit of

20:28checking before you’re running a job

20:30just to confirm that what you think is

20:32going to be happening is the correct

20:34output and what light burn is actually

20:36going to be running

20:39next we’re going to play around with the

20:40style of our text you’ll need to make

20:42sure it’s selected by clicking on it and

20:44you’ll know it’s selected because you

20:46will see moving squiggly lines and once

20:48it is selected if you look up in the top

20:50toolbar you’ll have some options to

20:52configure or customize your text you’ve

20:55got a font drop down height the

20:57horizontal spacing vertical spacing the

20:59ability to make everything uppercase

21:01bold or italicized go ahead and go

21:03through the font menu and find a font

21:06that you like as you’re scrubbing

21:07through the different fonts you can see

21:09it update in real time which is a really

21:11nice way to make sure you like a font or

21:13that it’s going to go with a specific

21:15project

21:16when you’re happy with a font go ahead

21:18and click that to confirm and make the

21:21change to your text

21:24if at some point when you’re designing

21:26you do something that you’re just not

21:27happy with it’s really easy to undo

21:30there is both a undo arrow as well as a

21:32redo arrow in the top toolbar and you

21:35can also use the shortcut on your

21:37keyboard ctrl z to undo your last action

21:41next we’re going to change this layer

21:43from line to fill by heading up to the

21:45cuts and layers window clicking the drop

21:47down under mode and selecting the fill

21:50option

21:51once we’ve done that we’ll head back

21:53over to the preview window we were just

21:54at a moment ago to see what changes that

21:56made

21:57as you can see now by the text in all

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22:00black it is going to be filling in the

22:02entirety of the text and not just doing

22:04an outline like the line mode and if you

22:06click the play button you can see the

22:07path that the laser is going to take as

22:09it travels back and forth filling in

22:11each of the letters

22:14now we’re going to add an outline to our

22:16text and we’re going to do this using

22:18the offset tool to activate the offset

22:20tool we’ll head over to the left toolbar

22:22and click on the offset tool which is

22:24the o roughly center of the toolbar

22:26which will open up the offset dialog

22:28window

22:29in this window we’ll have the ability to

22:31control quite a few different things

22:32like the direction of the outline do we

22:34want it to be outward inward both

22:37we also have a few different options for

22:39the corner style and we can choose the

22:42offset distance there’s not a right or

22:44wrong here so just play around and

22:46select something that you’re happy with

22:47i’m going to go ahead and choose the

22:50round corner style with the offset

22:52distance of three and as far as the

22:55opposite distance goes you can change it

22:57by typing in the text box you can also

22:59use the arrows on the right side of that

23:02text box and if you mouse over the text

23:04box and you use the scroll wheel on your

23:06mouse you can actually scrub up and down

23:09to really quickly adjust the offset

23:11distance size

23:13once you’ve found something that you’re

23:14happy with go ahead and click ok to

23:17apply the outline

23:19now we want to make sure that just the

23:20outline is selected if you have the

23:22inner text selected hit escape on the

23:24keyboard which will deselect it and then

23:26click on the outline to make it active

23:28you’ll know it’s active based off of

23:30those dashed moving lines

23:32with the outline selected head down to

23:34the colored toolbar on the very bottom

23:36and choose a different color from the

23:38color palette to change the outline as

23:40you can see now it’s blue and in the top

23:42right cuts and layers window we still

23:44have our black fill layer for the text

23:46but the outline is blue and it has been

23:48assigned a line layer which is exactly

23:51what we want the letters of our text

23:52will be filled in and then there will be

23:54just a single line that will make up the

23:56outline when we run our engraving next

23:58we’re going to adjust the power and

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24:00speed starting with the fill layer we’ll

24:02need to click on it to make it active

24:04and then in the bottom of that window

24:06where it shows speed and power we can

24:08make these changes these settings are

24:10going to vary heavily based off of

24:12whether you’re using a different

24:14material if you’re not using wood or

24:15again if you’re using a completely

24:17different laser altogether but i’m going

24:19to be starting off with a speed of 5000

24:21millimeters per minute and the power set

24:24to 50

24:25for the fill layer and for the line

24:28layer clicking it to make it active i’m

24:30going to run that a bit slower because i

24:32would like it to be darker than that

24:34fill layer so i will go with 2 000

24:37millimeters per minute on the speed with

24:39a power of 35

24:42one last time go up to the preview

24:44window to take a look and make sure

24:46everything looks correct you should see

24:48the fill happening first followed by the

24:51outline the goal of this is just to sort

24:53of build those good habits from the

24:55beginning you will never be upset that

24:57you checked the preview window but you

24:58will be upset if you didn’t check the

25:00preview window and there’s an artifact

25:02that somehow damages whatever you’re

25:03planning on engraving so this is a

25:06really good thing to do every time to

25:07just make sure you are giving yourself

25:09the best chance at success

25:12now it’s time to get our work piece

25:14positioned that we’re going to be

25:15engraving we’re first going to activate

25:17the ability to fire the laser from

25:20within light burn this is just going to

25:21be used to help us with more accurately

25:24positioning the laser to do this we’ll

25:26head up to the device settings which is

25:28the wrench icon in the top toolbar and

25:31clicking that will open up a dialog

25:32window what we’re looking for is the

25:35setting that’s labeled enable laser fire

25:37button which is disabled by default

25:41clicking it will enable it you’ll know

25:43it’s enabled because the swatch will

25:44turn green and we can click ok to exit

25:47out of this menu

25:48this won’t take into effect until we’ve

25:50restarted light burn so we will quickly

25:52need to do that when you go to exit out

25:54of light bird make sure that you save

25:56your project so that way we don’t lose

25:58all of our progress and that you can

25:59quickly reopen it when we do open up

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26:01light burn in just a moment now that

26:03we’ve restarted lightburn if we go under

26:05file and recent projects we can just

26:07click the project that we closed a

26:09moment ago which will load all of our

26:10settings and if we head over to the move

26:13window which will be right next to the

26:15cuts and layers window we will see that

26:16there is a power text box and a fire

26:19button now available i recommend setting

26:21this to just roughly one percent our

26:23goal here isn’t to cut anything we just

26:26want to be able to click the fire button

26:28to activate the laser so that way we can

26:30really make sure that we’ve got things

26:31lined up correctly

26:33as you can see here pressing the fire

26:34button turns the laser on and pressing

26:36it again will turn the laser off now

26:39it’s time to run framing to help us

26:41align our material with the correct area

26:43it’s going to be engraving in the laser

26:44window if we click the square framing

26:47icon the head of the laser will move

26:48from the front left corner it’s

26:49currently at to the area it’s going to

26:52be running the engraving and it will do

26:53an outline of the entire area that

26:55you’re graving will be inside the

26:57process here is to run the framing

26:59command see where it moves and then move

27:01your piece of material until it is

27:03completely underneath it for the

27:04entirety of the framing if your material

27:06is too small you can always resize your

27:09text but you want to make sure that your

27:10material is large enough for the entire

27:13frame to be on top of it since we

27:15enabled lightburn earlier to turn on our

27:17laser if we hold down the shift key on

27:19our keyboard and click the square

27:21framing command it’ll run the command

27:22again but this time the laser will be on

27:24and this is my final step in order to

27:26really tone in the positioning of where

27:29the engraving is going to be

27:31once you’re happy all that’s left to do

27:32is to hit the start button and the job

27:35will start to run while the laser is

27:37running you’ll want to be close by and

27:38it’s never recommended to leave a job

27:40going while the machine is unattended

27:43if you notice that the text isn’t quite

27:45as dark as you would like it or it’s too

27:47dark you can always go back and adjust

27:48both the speed and the power settings in

27:50the cuts and layers window that we

27:52covered earlier after a few minutes you

27:54should be greeted with your finished

27:56engraving and this has been a great

27:57first step and learning your machine

27:59learning a bit about lightburn and the

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28:01workflow of designing something and

28:03getting a job to run as well as aligning

28:05your material and the next steps i’d

28:07recommend would be to take a look at the

28:09official lifeburn documentation go over

28:11and join the lightburn forums as well as

28:14check out the many other tutorial videos

28:16we have over on our youtube channel i’ll

28:18place links down below in the

28:19description to all of the resources

28:21mentioned

28:23if you’re a machine manufacturer and

28:25would like us to make a video like this

28:26about your machine please contact us at

28:29 business@lightburnsoftware.com

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