New to RDWorks and Lightburn whats best

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Phil Creasey
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Location: Air Strip One
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Laser Machine Make or Type: HPC
Laser Power: 50w
Laser Bed Size: 640mm 400mm
Home Position: TR
Control Software: RDWORKS
RDWorks Version: 8.01
Ruida Controller: RDC6442
Windows Version: 10

New to RDWorks and Lightburn whats best

Post by Phil Creasey »

I'm on my 2nd laser cutter my 1st used Lasercut

My new machine came with RDWorks.

I use Corel for designing.

So which software is best, I know it's opinion, but as I'm a new user to both, should I give Lightburn a go?
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Gene Uselman
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Laser Machine Make or Type: AKL1318-2
Laser Power: 130W & 80W Reci
Laser Bed Size: 51 x 71
Home Position: TR
Control Software: LIGHTBURN
RDWorks Version: RDw .19 & Lightburn
Ruida Controller: RDC6445
Accessories: I have a combining lenses, pin tables [homebuilt], honeycomb tables , wireless remote, Modifed Ultimate Air Assist, home built non-powered rotary device, Prusa i3 MK3S and Mini Prusa printers.
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Re: New to RDWorks and Lightburn whats best

Post by Gene Uselman »

If I had to learn one I would definitely go with Lightburn- it is much more capable IMHO.
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Frank Small
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Location: Bennington, Vermont
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Laser Machine Make or Type: 50W China Blue upgraded to Reci 75W tube
Laser Power: 75
Laser Bed Size: 500x300
Home Position: TL
Control Software: LIGHTBURN
RDWorks Version: RDW v8.01.18
Ruida Controller: Other
Accessories: Ruida Controller R644XG
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Windows Version: Win 10

Re: New to RDWorks and Lightburn whats best

Post by Frank Small »

Hi Phil

I started with RDWorks but switched to Lightburn and have no regrets. As a bonus Lightburn is updated frequently and they add new options sometimes. It’s worth the cost.

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Philipp Pap
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Location: Innsbruck
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Laser Machine Make or Type: rdc6445
Laser Power: 55W
Laser Bed Size: 50x30cm
Home Position: TL
Control Software: LIGHTBURN
RDWorks Version: lightburn
Ruida Controller: RDC6445
Windows Version: 10

Re: New to RDWorks and Lightburn whats best

Post by Philipp Pap »

I, too, vote for Lightburn.
Phil Creasey
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RDWorks Version: 8.01
Ruida Controller: RDC6442
Windows Version: 10

Re: New to RDWorks and Lightburn whats best

Post by Phil Creasey »

I have downloaded the trial of lightburn, I'm impressed, will almost certainly buy it where the trial expires
Luis Sanchez
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Control Software: RDWORKS
RDWorks Version: 8.01.10
Ruida Controller: RDC6442
Windows Version: 10

Re: New to RDWorks and Lightburn whats best

Post by Luis Sanchez »

I prefer Rdworks as it is easier for me to work wireless with this software than with lightburn.
Simply as a piece of software, Lightburn is much better than Rdworks , much more capable, more friendly, but for my daily use in my workshop i prefer Rdworks.
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