LightBurn Tips

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Use LightBurn to import/layout/edit or create new artwork then control your laser cutter settings like power, speed, number of passes, etc.
LightBurn is a commercial software package for Windows, macOS, and Linux (but not mobile devices.)

At Pikes Peak Makerspace (PPM), we have installed LightBurn on our Design Workstations 2 and 3 and the Boss Laser Computer.

Please note: At home LightBurn subscriptions can be purchased at a discounted rate for being a PPM member. The discount code is saved as a Pinned Message in our 'laser-cutter' channel in Slack.

Your at home subscription is unique to only you. You will receive an email from LightBurn with your unique registration key. Make note of that key because you will need it again if you renew your subscription.

PPM does not have access to your registration key.



File formats that LightBurn can import

svg, ai, pdf, dxf, hpgl, plt, png, jpg, bmp, tiff, gif, and webp

Links to

Tips and Tricks
LightBurn Software Documentation - Menus
QR Code Generation


Watch these LightBurn videos BEFORE BOSSLASER CLASS!

Links to member-recommended external sites:

Lesson 1 First Time User
Lesson 2 LightBurn UI Walkthrough
Lesson 3 Cut Settings
LightBurn Basics #1 Importing, Selection, Grouping, Movement
LightBurn Basics #2 Text and Offsetting
LightBurn Basics #3 Trace Image and Weld

PPM announces its Upcoming events, including classes, on Meetup

Links to external sites:

LightBurn Support Forum
LightBurn Product Home Page

Related Pages

Links to related PPM Wiki pages:

SVG File Format Tips
QR Codes
  Laser — BOSS  

Hand-Curated Links

Links to member-recommended external sites:

SVGnest — arrange parts to use as little material as possible
LightBurn Demo - Booleans — LightBurn Software on YouTube
Great step-by-step guide for some general abilities — on YouTube
Design Graphics in LightBurn Like A Pro! — on YouTube

For Additional Help

Use the PPM Slack channels #laser-cutter or #computing
Or message Cap'n Mat on Slack
List of all PPM Slack channels
Note that we have a Slack channel (#job-board) for members to post, discuss, or accept job opportunities either within PPM or from the community.
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Search the PPM Wiki — include both Content pages and Multimedia
Contact Us if you cannot find your answer here on our Wiki, or you notice something is outdated.

Pikes Peak Makerspace (PPM) is dedicated to supporting our maker community in their creative processes by providing shared space, shared tools, materials, software and a knowledge base to turn their ideas into reality.