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    Many of the laser forums I belong to recommend upgrading from RDWorks to Lightburn. The licence is $80. It's much nicer to work with. Here is what you can do with the optional camera.

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    Hey Grant, thanks for the suggestion. We have picked up some Corel Draw licenses, which we can actually use to run the laser cutter. We'll try out Corel first, and if it doesn't work well can look at a standalone software like Lightburn. The nice thing with using Corel is it will be the same inferface for creating and adjusting graphics as running the laser, so less to teach and less to learn.

    The camera feature is pretty nifty, curious as to what is out there that can do the same.
    The image trace in Inventables Easel is pretty sweet, I just checked it out and it seems to be really fast and powerful - but you can't export a DXF after.


    • #3
      I bought the lightburn software for myself and put the spare licence on the laser cutter computer .


      • #4
        Hi Grant,

        I noticed that you installed your other license seat at your maker space, so I've bumped you to a 3rd in case you have another computer of your own you'd like to use it on. If it's of interest to your group, LightBurn does deals with maker spaces to allow members without their own laser hardware to purchase a (single seat) copy of the software for $20, allowing them to set up jobs at home on their own computer systems.

        Thanks for supporting LightBurn,


        • #5
          Thanks for doing the legwork and for sharing this. I just downloaded the trial and will play with it to see if I like it. So far it does seem pretty good.


          • #6
            I finally installed the camera. Calibration didn't go smoothly so I will have to try again. In theory you should be able to use the camera to line your work up but the accuracy isn't there yet.


            • #7
              Camera looks neato. Does it have any correction factor for the viewing angle?
              Is the goal to use it to snap a photo of an object that can then be vectorized and burned with the laser?

              I tried out a program over the summer for PDF to CAD conversions, Scan2CAD, it works ok for rough approximations but also produced a LOT of line segments where lines should be straight. Curious how well these Lightburn features work.


              • #8
                It's supposed to correct for fisheye so the image on the bed looks flat. Not a very good scanner.


                • #9
                  I've been using lightburn for a few months now and I have to say, wow it's fantastic software

                  Thanks Grant Fraser for the recommendation and setting it up.

                  One thing I have really been impressed with is the image smoothing it will perform when using a stretched and pixelated image. If I use thunder laser on the same scan it comes out looking chunky, Lightburn really smooths things out.