laser cutting software
Design and layout software for graphic designers and layout professionals
Graphic design and layout software that supports laser engraving, laser marking, and laser cutting is available for purchase online. This type of software has very strong visual references, such as scales or rulers, and grids, to assist with the layout and positioning of graphics, whether they are created by the software or imported from other design software. Scales or rulers, as well as grids, are included in this type of software.
Graphic design and layout software tools for laser processing include the following, which are some of the most commonly used:
CorelDRAW from CorelTM Illustrator® from Adobe® Inkscape - An open-source design tool that is free and open-source
Software for Photo Editing
When it comes to laser engraving and laser marking, photo editing programmes are extremely useful for enhancing photographs and other images. Before laser processing, the images prepared by photo editing software are typically imported into a graphic design and layout software such as CorelDRAW, Adobe® Illustrator®, or Inkscape for final layout.
The following are the most widely used photo editing software programmes:
Photoshop® from Adobe® GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) - A free, donation-supported programme that allows you to manipulate images in various ways.
A FREE TRIAL is available for 1-Touch Laser PhotoTM from Universal Laser Systems, Inc.
Engineered Design Software (CAD) is a type of computer-aided design (CAD).
In most cases, design files for very high dimensional accuracy laser processing can be created using CAD and other engineering design software, particularly when performing machining operations such as laser cutting, laser scribing, and laser drilling.
Here is a list of some of the more commonly used programmes for laser processing, organised by category:
AutoCAD® from Autodesk® - A free 3-year subscription to AutoCAD® is available to students who meet the requirements.
Dassault Systemes' BobCAD-CAM CATIATM software includes BobCAD and BobCAM.
Creo from PTC (previously known as Pro/ENGINEER and Wildfire) is a 3D modelling and animation software.
DraftSightTM is a product from Dassault Systemes.
Fusion 360TM from Autodesk® - A free three-year subscription is available to students who meet the requirements.
Autodesk® Inventor® - A free three-year subscription is available to students who use the software.
CNC Software, Inc.'s Mastercam® is a computer-aided design programme.
Rhinoceros® from McNeel SketchUp from Trimble - Available for personal use for a free download.
Dassault Systemes' SolidWorks® is a 3D modelling and simulation software.
IMSI / Design offers TurboCAD® as a design tool.
Serialization and Coding Software is a type of software that serialises and codes data.
Serialization and coding software is frequently used for serial numbers, lot codes, barcodes, 2D codes, and other graphics, such as company and compliance logos, among other things. It is used in conjunction with a laser system for direct marking onto a part as well as for the production of labels and tags.
BarTender® is a trademark of Seagull Scientific.
Selecting the Right Software
Knowing what software options are available is one of the first steps in making a decision.
Each software programme has its own set of capabilities and limitations in terms of design and output, as well as its own distinct learning curve. Consider all of your design and output requirements for laser processing, and become familiar with the software's interface and functionality before beginning. Learning to use your design software more effectively can be accomplished through a variety of resources, ranging from classroom to online instruction and practise.
In the end, conduct independent research, ask questions, and obtain the answers you require to ensure that the software you select is fully compatible with the laser system you are considering.