User Manual for Laserbox Basic

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This page describes how to use the Laserbox basic software.

1. Obtain and install Laserbox basic

2. Connect xTool D1 to Laserbox basic

3. Get to know the UIs

4. Start cutting or engraving

 

1. Obtain and install Laserbox basic

(1) Go to Software for xTool D1 to download the Laserbox basic software applicable to the operating system that runs on your PC.

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(2) Double-click the software you've downloaded to install it.

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Click Yes when you are asked "Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?" and then continue the installation as prompted.

2. Connect xTool D1 to Laserbox basic

Way 1: Through serial port

If you are to connect xTool D1 to Laserbox basic through a serial port, perform the following steps:

(1) Turn on the power switch of xTool D1.

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(2) Double-click the Laserbox basic icon to open it.

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(3) Use the USB cable to connect xTool D1 to your PC.

(4) Click + in the upper-right corner to add a device.

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You can see your xTool D1 in the connection drop-down list box.

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(5) Click your xTool D1.

Laserbox basic automatically connects to it.

Way 2: Through Wi-Fi

If you want to use xTool D1 wirelessly, you can set up the connection between xTool D1 and Laserbox basic through Wi-Fi. Perform the following steps:

(1) Turn on the power switch of xTool D1.

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(2) Double-click the Laserbox basic icon to open it.

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(3) Use the USB cable to connect xTool D1 to your PC.

(4) Click + in the upper-right corner to add a device.

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You can see your xTool D1 in the connection drop-down list box.

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(5) Click + Configure and add device.

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(6) Select your xTool D1 and click Next.

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(7) Enter the Wi-Fi name and password, and then click Connect.

Note: Make sure that the Wi-Fi network you set is the same as the one used by your PC.

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After the connection is complete, you can see a message indicating that the connection is successful. Click OK.

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(8) Remove the USB cable that connects your xTool D1 to your PC.

Now, you can use your xTool D1 wirelessly.

3. Get to know the UIs

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Toolbar

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① Menu

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  • Import: choose it to import a file, such as an image or project file
  • Export: choose it to export all the content on the canvas as a project file

After exporting a project file, you can import it to Laserbox basic again to use it.

  • Edit: choose it to redo or redo an action or edit the content on the canvas

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  • View: choose it to zoom in or out on the canvas, to adapt the canvas for the window, or move the canvas.

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  • Check for Updates: choose it to check whether a new version of Laserbox basic is available
  • Check for Firmware: choose it to check whether a new version of firmware is available for the device connected to Laserbox basic
  • Language: choose it to set the UI language. Currently, the English and Chinese options are available.
  • Help: choose it to go to our support websie
  • About: choose it to view information about the Laserbox basic software

② Select

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After you choose Select, you can click to select an item or drag the mouse pointer over the items to select them.

③ Pen

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After you choose Pen, you can create vector paths on the canvas, just like what you can do in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

④ Insert

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You can choose Insert to insert a shape, such as a line, rectangle, rounded rectangle, oval, star, heart. You can also choose to insert a text.

After inserting a shape, you can choose Select to select it and transform it.

⑤ Outline

You can click Outline to extract the outline of an image. For details, see "Extract the outline of an image."

⑥ Undo

When you choose Undo, the last action is canceled.

⑦ Redo

When you choose Redo, the last canceled action is performed again.

⑧ Hand grip

After you choose Hand grip, you can move the canvas by dragging the mouse.

⑨ Scaling

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You can choose to zoom in or out on the canvas, restore the image to the actual size, or adapt the canvas for the window.

Canvas

On the canvas, you can:

Draw vector paths by choosing Pen

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Drag your mouse to draw a shape after choosing Insert

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Extract the outline of an image

Import an image, select it, and choose Outline to extract the outline of the image.

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The outline is obtained, and you can use it for cutting.

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Cutting/Engraving parameter settings

The cutting function of Laserbox basic is available only for vector paths, and the engraving function is available for both vector paths and images.

You can select an item to see whether the two functions are available.

As shown in the following figures, the cutting and engraving functions are available for the selected item.

  • When you choose the cutting function for it, the outline turns into purple, which indicates that you are to cut the shape from the material.28.png
  • When you choose the engraving function for it, the outline turns into orange, indicating that you are to engrave the path on the material.29.png
  • As shown in the following figure, only the engraving function is available for the selected item.30.png

Set parameters for cutting

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① Select the material you use and set its thickness

② Set the power for cutting

Setting range: 1-100 (%)

③ Set the speed at which cutting is to be performed

Setting range: 1-20 (mm/s)

④ Set the number of processing times

⑤ Set the size of the object to be cut

⑥ Transform the object

⑦ Fill a color in a closed path or text

Set parameters for engraving

Parameters for vector path engraving

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① Select the material you use

② Set the power for engraving

Setting range: 1-100 (%)

③ Set the speed at which engraving is to be performed

Setting range for vector paths: 1-80 (mm/s)

Setting range for bitmap images: 1–180 (mm/s)

④ Set the number of processing times

⑤ Set the size of the object to be engraved

⑥ Transform the object

⑦ Fill a color in a closed path or text

Additional parameters for image engraving

For image engraving, the following additional parameters are provided.

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⑧ Set an engraving mode

  • Bi-directional: The laser head performs two-way engraving.34.png
  • Uni-directional: The laser head performs one-way engraving.35.png

In most cases, it takes less time to engrave an image in the bi-directional way than in the uni-directional way.

⑨ Select an image mode

An image mode you select here is actually an image filter. For example, Bayer is a mosaic filter.

With the other settings unchanged, the output of an image on a wooden board varies according to image mode, as shown in the following figure. You can select a mode as required.36.png

⑩ Set the number of lines in one centimeter

This parameter determines the resolution of the image to be engraved.37.png

⑪ Set the sharpness of the image to be engraved

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⑫ Set the grayscale of the image to be engraved

Grayscale indicates the black and white intensity, ranging from white to black.39.png

Additional parameters for text engraving

For text engraving, the following additional parameters are provided.40.png

⑬ Set the typeface for the text to be engraved

Click to select a font.

⑭ Set the space for the text to be engraved41.png

4. Start cutting or engraving

After finishing the drawing or editing of an object to be cut or engraved on the canvas, you can click the Start working icon in the upper-right corner to start cutting or engraving.

For example, I want to engrave a rectangle on a wooden board.

(1) Edit the rectangle on the canvas, set the parameters, and then click the Start working icon in the upper-right corner.

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The Working window is displayed.

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(2) Set the parameters and functions

① Move the laser head upward, downward, to the left, to the right, or to the origin position

② Set the speed at which engraving is to be performed

Setting range: 1-150

③ Set the distance between the laser head and the material to be engraved

Setting range: 1-300

④ Set the start point for engraving, that is, the position of the laser head relative to the object to be engraved

⑤ View the estimated time required for completing the engraving

⑥ Click to preview the movement of the laser head

⑦ Toggle to enable cylinder engraving.

Note: The Cylinder Working function can be used only when you've connected Makeblock Rotary Roller Engraving Module to xTool D1.

(3) Click Start to start cutting or engraving.

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 Wait till the cutting or engraving is complete.

 

 

 

 

 

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