LightBurn for galvo marking lasers

Yes, it's happening

It's no secret that we've been wanting to add support for galvo marking (aka fiber) lasers for quite a while.  What is a secret is that we've been working actively on this for about two months now.

We haven't decided on pricing yet, but we expect this will be close to DSP pricing, possibly higher because of the scope of work involved. 

Please do not ask us when it will be ready - we honestly don't know yet, and there is still a good amount of work to do before we release this.  We have a small group of testers working with it already, and we will be looking to expand that soon.  If you are interested, please keep an eye out here and on our user forum for an announcement.


Can I beta test it?

Most people think “beta testing” means “using it normally”.  It really means hammering on it in weird ways and reporting back to us how you got it to break with a painful level of detail so we can fix it.  It’s really not fun.  Be careful what you wish for.  :)

Will I need a new license?

If you already have a license you will need to upgrade it to add galvo devices to it, similar to the way you add DSP controllers to a GCode license. Pricing hasn’t been decided yet.

Which boards are supported?

USB-based EZCad2 boards (LMC4 and USB-Lite) are now working on Windows, MacOS, and Linux.  We have partial support for BSL boards, and we're hoping to expand to support others in time.  PCI cards found in “all in one” units are not supported.

Will EzCad3 boards work?

EzCad3 boards will not work yet.  I cannot give an estimate for when that will happen.

Which laser sources are working?

We support Raycus, JPT, and IPG / IPG-YLP laser sources, with control of frequency and Q-pulse, and we're working on adding support for CO2 and others.

Does it support rotary marking?

Rotary marking is supported - split size is arbitrary, and you can run the rotary as a other or X or Y.