Laser 102: LightBurn for the Laser Cutter

Tech Lab

Laser 102: LightBurn for the Laser Cutter

Learn the basic features of this essential engraving and cutting software that controls both our newer laser machines.


Tuition Assistance and Other Policies

Meeting Times
  1. Sat, 6/22/2024 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sat, 6/22/2024


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Class, Has Prerequisite

Tech Lab

Laser Cutter


You’ll use this software whether you’re quickly cutting out some parts for your project or fine-tuning a complex etching. LightBurn software replaces RetinaEngrave, which you may have used previously. This class will get you started and help you implement your own creative laser designs.

Who should take this class?

  • Those who have taken Intro to the Laser Cutter on the Full Spectrum Laser, but want to get up and running with our new laser cutters.
  • Those who have taken Intro to the Laser Cutter on the new lasers and are ready to see how to get more from LightBurn.
  • Those who have used Inkscape and RetinaEngrave with the FSL but didn't like the software.
  • Those who love using Inkscape and RetinaEngrave and want to learn how LightBurn fits into your workflow.

You'll learn basics of LightBurn in the laser cutter workflow as well as setting laser parameters for cutting and engraving, importing your designs, vector graphics (line art) vs. raster graphics (pixel art), manipulating shapes and tuning images, using the laser libraries, and previewing your work.



Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome.
  • The instructor requests that students wear masks.

BARN Policies

  • View BARN's Cancellation and Refund Policy.
  • Tuition Assistance is available. Fill out the application before registering.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. We try to make accommodations when requested; the earlier you contact us, the more likely we can help. Please email to find out more or request an accommodation.
  • Sensory Statement: Makerspaces like BARN can be noisy and cluttered, smell strongly, and have bright or flickering lights.

Instructors or Guides

Mike Schrempp

Mike teaches our LightBurn software class and also enjoys talking about Fusion 360, mechanical design, home-brewing, and Python for Fortran programmers.

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