Which version do I need?
Most laser software is tied to very specific types of machines. LightBurn is a bit more flexible, and has two versions of the software for different kinds of laser controllers. Note that both types are supported by the trial version of LightBurn, and the DSP version.
Commonly used in 3D printers, home-built CNC machines and kit-style or DIY lasers, g-code controllers use a text based command format called g-code, and are often open source hardware and firmware, like GRBL, Smoothieware, or Marlin. They are usually a bare board, and often used in open-frame machines like the EleksMaker, Ortur, and XCarve, Shapeoko, or 3018 CNC machines. They are also often used as replacements for the stock controller in the common K40 laser. (Please note that LightBurn does not support the M2 Nano controller that comes stock in most K40 lasers)
Here are a couple of common GCode controllers - The Cohesion3D LaserBoard is on the left, and the EleksMaker ManaSE controller is on the right:
Common g-code controllers include Cohesion 3D Mini and Cohesion3D Laserboard, Smoothieboard, or any board running GRBL or Marlin firmware. If your controller is one of the above, you can click here to purchase the GCode version of LightBurn.
Common in more industrial-grade machines, these use proprietary hardware, firmware, and software. They are usually enclosed in a plastic case, and often have a separate LCD display panel with buttons to control the machine. If your machine is a CO2 laser in a metal case and has an LCD display, chances are you need the DSP version, which currently supports controllers from Ruida, Trocen, and TopWisdom. The DSP version of LightBurn also supports all the devices supported by the GCode license.
Here are a couple of common DSP controllers. The Ruida 6442 is on the left, and the Trocen AWC 708c is on the right:
Companies that use DSP controllers supported by LightBurn include Aeon, Thunder, Boss, AP Lazer, and Laguna Tools, and many more. If your controller is one of the above, you can click here to purchase the DSP version of LightBurn.
If you're still not sure, this page should help you identify your controller: https://lasergods.com/controller-dsp-identification/