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Hi All,

I know this is a cnc routing forum but maybe this is an interchangeable question.

I just picked up a cheapie cnc laser engraver on Amazon (around $300) and have been playing around with it. Is there a good software program you can recommend? I find that the included software leaves a lot to be desired. A fellow member at the woodworkingtalk forum recommended I pick your brains over here for better success!

Keep in mind I'm just doing very hobbyist simple things like photo repros and script and such. No production line stuff or selling products. Now I have been checking out cnc router rigs as I totally think they're cool but I'm just not sure that I'm in that deep yet lol.

Anyways, let'em fly!

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Are you wanting CAD/CAM software, Mike? I assume the controller software that drives the laser is adequate for the machine you bought.

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Are you trying to design stuff to engrave?

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Hello Mike welcome to the router forums.
Ok Mike Got it straight now
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Hey Chad, If you got a K40, check out K40 Whisperer from scorchworks at.
https://www.scorchworks.com/K40whisp...whisperer.html
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Are you wanting CAD/CAM software, Mike? I assume the controller software that drives the laser is adequate for the machine you bought.

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Well, the controller software is kind of lame too. But I'm not sure what can be done about that. Basically anything else I can try would be cool. Just to see what else is out there. Either with the controller software of the CAD/CAM software.

Sometimes I think I have it figured out...then I drink my coffee and realize it was all just a delusion.
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Are you trying to design stuff to engrave?
Mostly I'm just uploading pics or simple 1 dimensional drawings, sketches, etc. I haven't tried to design anything yet.

I've heard that Corel Draw is really good but maybe that's too much for me to start with since I basically don't know what I'm doing lol.

Sometimes I think I have it figured out...then I drink my coffee and realize it was all just a delusion.
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Hello Chad welcome to the router forums.
Thanks! But my name is Mike lol. Unless this was for someone else?

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Ha!! I just called you Chad because I figured Bill knew your name!! 🙂
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Typically lasers use a windows printer driver. And I think you'll find Corel draw is the most widely used design software with laser users.

This is a great forum but check out cnczone forums there are a couple dedicated laser cutter sub forums

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