How to Use LightBurn on M1?
Updated May 22,2024
Updated May 22,2024

Notice: Compatibility with LightBurn
Please be aware that LightBurn is a third-party software and may not be fully compatible with the M1. Specifically, its working principle lies in the configuration of GCode coordinates rather than sending direct commands to M1, as xTool Creative Space (XCS) does.  Hence, incompatible issues may arise. 
For a more stable and seamlessly compatible experience, it is recommended to use XCS.

 

Section 1: Generate Gcode in LightBurn

 

STEP1: DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL LIGHT BURN

https://Lightburnsoftware.com/pages/trial-version-try-before-you-buy

 

STEP 2: BEFORE YOU CONFIGURE XTOOL M1, DOWNLOAD THE CONFIGURATION FILE FIRST:

 

xTool_M1.lbdev:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1c6vpu__OLEa1_qG7hj3iEwmqKUcoFmdH/view?usp=share_link

 

1. Open LightBurn, click Devices on the Laser panel

 

 

 

2. Click Import to import the file you just downloaded “xTool_M1.lbdev.

 

 

3. The following device information will be displayed after the file is successfully imported.

It's okay if you don't get "Bluetooth Incoming", just make sure you have M1.

 

 

 

STEP 3: DESIGN YOUR ARTWORK AND OUTPUT GCODE

 

 

 

  1. Select M1 before setting the parameters
  2. Import file or design on canvas
  3. Set the processing parameters
  4. Set focal length. You can calculate the focal length using this equation:

Focal length(n)=17-the thickness of material(mm)

Enter【n】to the G0 Z-n command.

For example, if the thickness is 3 mm, then the focal length is 14, and the command is G0 Z-14

 

 

Then save the file as GCode

 

Note: The file placement position in LightBurn needs to be consistent with the actual engraving position (the processing material needs to be placed at (0,0). Please set Start From to Absolute Coords.

 

 

 

The processing position is affected by the actual position of the processing material.

We suggest that you test several times to figure out the correlation between the position on canvas and the actual processing position.

 

Section 2: Connect M1 with XCS(xTool Creative Space) Software

 

STEP 1. Download and open xTool Creative Space software

 

Download and install XCS through the following links

https://www.xtool.com/pages/software

After the installation, connect your M1 to XCS

 

STEP 2. Import gcode file to XCS

 

Click this button.

 

Click "Setting" on the left and then click "Import". You will be able to import the gcode file.

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