Laser-cutting software is an essential component in controlling and guiding the laser-cutting process. It provides the necessary tools and functionalities to convert design files into machine-readable instructions for the laser cutter.
LightBurn is a user-friendly software designed specifically for laser cutters and engravers. It supports a wide range of file formats, offers powerful design and editing tools, and provides precise control over the laser’s parameters. LightBurn is compatible with a variety of laser systems.
RDWorks is a popular software used with Ruida-based laser machines. It offers a comprehensive set of features for designing, editing, and controlling the laser-cutting process. RDWorks supports various file formats and includes advanced options for optimizing cutting paths.
LaserCut is a popular software that comes bundled with many Chinese-made laser-cutting machines. It offers features for designing, importing, and editing vector files. LaserCut provides control over cutting parameters such as speed, power, and direction.
Trotec JobControl is a software package developed by Trotec, a well-known manufacturer of laser cutting machines. It provides a user-friendly interface for designing and preparing laser-cutting projects. Trotec JobControl offers advanced features such as a material database, parameter settings, and job management.
CorelDRAW, as mentioned earlier, is a versatile vector graphics editor that is commonly used in laser cutting and engraving. It offers powerful design tools, supports various file formats, and integrates well with laser-cutting workflows. CorelDRAW is suitable for both beginners and experienced users.
Adobe Illustrator, another software mentioned earlier, is widely used in the design industry, including laser cutting applications. It provides precise control over vector graphics and offers advanced features for creating intricate designs. Adobe Illustrator supports exporting files in formats compatible with laser cutters.
Autodesk Fusion 360
While primarily known as 3D CAD software, Autodesk Fusion 360 also includes tools for 2D design and laser cutting. It offers a parametric design environment, allowing users to create complex designs and export them in various formats suitable for laser cutting.
Inkscape, as mentioned earlier, is a free and open-source vector graphics editor suitable for laser engraving and cutting. It provides a range of features for designing vector artwork and supports exporting files in common laser cutters formats such as SVG and DXF.