LightBurn Lesson 1: Spirograph

"Spirograph is a geometric drawing toy that produces mathematical roulette curves of the variety technically known as hypotrochoids and epitrochoids. It was developed by British engineer Denys Fisher and first sold in 1965."


What you will learn:

  • How to load a design file into LightBurn.
  • How to position your design in the workspace.
  • How to select a preset from the Library.
  • How to cut out your design.


What you will need before you begin:

  • Completed the 'Getting Started' section of the User Manual: LINK
  • The spirograph design file: LINK
  • 3mm plywood measuring at least 110x110mm
  • Completed LightBurn project file: LINK




Step 1:

Start LightBurn and click on the 'Import' icon to import your SVG design file.




 Once imported, your spirograph design file will appear on your workspace as shown below.



Step 2:

For this tutorial, we will place our material in the middle of our machine workspace, so we need to position the design accordingly.

There two ways to do this.

Method 1 - Automatic

The easiest is to use the automatic 'Arrange' feature within LightBurn.

First select your design by clicking on it within the workspace.

Then select 'Arrange / Move to Page Centre' from the top menu.



Method 2 - Manual

You can also manually drag the design into position.

Select any part of your design and drag it with the mouse.




Step 3:

Next, we can select a preset for cutting our plywood.

To do this, we first select the 'Library' tab to display the material presets.




Then expand the 'Plywood' option and select the 3.00mm 'Cut' preset.



To apply this preset, select the layer 'C00' in the 'Cuts' menu and then click the 'Apply to layer' button in the library.



Step 4:

Place your material into the centre of the workspace.



 Step 5:

Make sure your lid is closed and press the 'Enable' button on the front right corner of your Emblaser 2. The button will illuminate red to indicate the laser has been enabled.




Step 6:

Select the 'Laser' tab to display the control buttons.

Then press the 'Start' button to start your job running.




When completed you should have the two parts you need for you spirograph.






Enjoy your new toy!





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