WHAT IS LASERGRBL

LaserGRBL is one of the best Windows GCode streamer for DIY Laser Engraver. LaserGRBL is able to load and stream GCode path to arduino, as well engrave images, pictures and logo with internal conversion tool.

Unlike other GUI, LaserGRBL it is specifically developed for use with hobbist laser cutter and engraver. In order to use all the features your engraver must supports power modulation through S command.

With image engraving (raster to gcode convertion) LaserGRBL could be a good free and easy alternative to picengrave, benbox, T2laser for who don’t need more then a simple and effective tool.

I have written it to use with my own engraver, and I like to share it with everyone who needs. LaserGRBL is compatible with Grbl v0.9 and Grbl v1.1

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All downloads available at github.com

LaserGRBL is free and opensource, but it’s development require time and money. Do you like LaserGRBL? Support development with your donation!

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WHAT IS A DIY LASER ENGRAVER

Unlike professional laser machines, which are used for cutting the challenging materials such as metals, a DIY Laser Engraver use a low to medium power laser that can engrave or cut only thin materials like leather, plywood, acrylic, cardboard.

Usually this low power machine are build by DIY (do it yourself) enthusiast, but some cheap kits (100-200$) can be bought in ebay and assembled by everyone.

Professional machine are bundled with their own software. A DIY machine usually does not have software, or has a very simple one. LaserGRBL is intended to give some professional functions to amateur user.

Wanna build your own laser engraver? Follow our guides!

HOW DOES IT WORK

Basically there are 4 elements talking between them

Personal computer talk to Arduino board via USB in a language called G-Code

G0 X10 Y10 (Fast move to position X10, Y10)
M3         (Turn on Laser)
G1 X20 Y10 (Linear move to X20, Y10)

G-Code is the common name for the most widely used numerical control (NC) programming language. Basic command set include G0 (rapid positioning) G1 (linear movement) G2 and G3 (clockwise and counter-clockwise arcs).

Arduino UNO board with Grbl firmware translate this commands to stepper motor pulses, direction control, laser power modulation.

Motor driver transform low level TTL signal from Arduino, to high-power signals for stepper motor.

Wanna build your own laser engraver? Follow our guides!