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Here I will try to collect all interesting media, websites, and additional information that might be of interest while running a laser. If you have any recommendation for content that is missing and should be placed here, tell me!

German version: Hier versuche ich alle interessanten Informationsquellen zu verlinken, die die Themen noch weiterführend erklären. Wer noch etwas Interessantes hinzuzufügen hat, sagt einfach Bescheid! 🙂

Update: I moved the links list to the top since I think it has become the most wanted section of this page 🙂

Websites (Vectors, Generators, etc.)

Software / Firmware
https://lightburnsoftware.com/LightBurn (Control Software)
https://lasergrbl.com/LaserGRBL (Control Software)
https://laserweb.yurl.ch/LaserWeb (Control Software)
https://github.com/gnea/grblgrbl Firmware Homepage (GitHub)
https://github.com/bdring/FluidNCFluidNC (32Bit Firmware)
https://github.com/grblHALgrblHAL (8 + 32 Bit Firmware)
https://github.com/Paciente8159/uCNCµCNC – Universal CNC firmware for microcontrollers
Laser Addons / Shops
https://geeks-at-large.com/Website of Cobey Schmidt, featuring many laser addons
https://www.lasercutter-vergleichen.de/Website to check the lowest prices of many laser brands
https://kreativeseite.com/2022/01/01/shops-lasermaterial/Overview of shops for laser material
https://www.vollmer-tobias.de/Laser Upgrades Shop
https://dekofant.de/Laser material like wood blanks
https://sk-techniks.de/Laser material shop
https://www.entosun.com/Laser material shop, e.g. scratch acrylics
https://modernelectronica.com/You can buy lasers there and get free supporting material and courses with it!
https://3d-printcreator.com/Page by Brian Dragtstra features laser reviews and LightBurn tips
https://octoaquatics.com/sculpfun/US Distributor of Sculpfun products / replacement parts run by Matt
Various topics
https://blog.derbrumme.de/Blog of Daniel, who is actively posting his laser findings on this page
https://hobbylasercutters.com/Reviews of various laser cutters and tools
https://makerfreedom.com/air-assist-for-beginners-laser-cutting/Air Assist for beginners Information
https://makerdesignlab.com/tutorials-tips/laser-cutting-beginners-guide/Excellent beginners guide to laser cutting
https://deepnest.io/Nesting of objects in workspace (saving material)
Vector / Material Files
https://www.laser-pics.com/Various pictures prepared to be lasered
https://tinkershare.com/Tinker, create, share
https://designbundles.net/Design downloads, free + paid
https://www.ameede.com/Vector download website
https://3axis.co/Vector download website
https://www.thingiverse.com/3D printer files / some laser files as well
https://www.creativefabrica.com/freebies/free-crafts/Vector download website
https://fontesk.com/font/handwritten/Free fonts
https://lovesvg.com/product-category/free-svg-files/Vector download website
https://dxf-world.de/de/DXF download website
https://www.layeredpaperart.com/free-filesDXF download website
https://www.vecteezy.com/free-vector/laser-cutVector download website
https://vectorsfile.com/category/dxf/DXF download website
https://vectorsart.com/Vector download website
https://www.dxf-downloads.de/DXF download website
https://filecnc.com/Vector download website
https://designscnc.com/Vector download website
https://www.makecnc.com/CNC Projects
https://www.the-blueprints.com/Vector download website
https://www.zenziwerken.de/CNC Projects and files
https://dezin.info/Vector download website
https://www.stevedgood.com/catalog/Laser Projects Downloads
https://vector-files.com/Vector download site
https://www.freepik.com/Vector and image resource
https://www.epiloglaser.com/resources/sample-club.htmVector sample downloads
https://bibliotecadecorte.com/Laser files downloads
https://crafthousesvg.com/Vector download website
https://www.stanser.com/vectores/Vector download website
https://www.red-point-garage.de/produkte/free-dxfSmall collection of free laser files
https://all3dp.com/2/free-laser-cut-files-designs-templates/Collection of sites (but I think all of them are listed here already)
https://www.freepatternsarea.com/Freepatternsarea.com is a website that publishes free patterns and projects for personal uses.
https://www.ponoko.com/free-laser-cutting-files-templatesFree Laser Cut Files (registration required)
https://cncfile.net/Free vector files search
https://www.troteclaser.com/en/learn-support/laser-projectsFree files from Trotec
http://silhouettesfree.com/Free silhouette graphics
https://www.freelaserfiles.com/files.htmlFree laser files with small business license
https://eigenbloom.com/woodenstarfighter/Star Wars models free to download
https://www.makerunion.com/downloads/dxf/Free downloads and community
https://cuttingpaths.com/designs/?max_price=0&product_type=simpleA few free designs to grab
Other / Generators / Boxes
https://www.imag-r.com/Prepare your Image for Laser Engraving
https://kpc29laser.fr/Great online (and offline!) tool to generate various (material) tests
https://www.o2creative.co.nz/laser/LightBurn test generator
https://cuttle.xyz/@cuttleGreat selection of generators: puzzles, snowflakes, boxes, keychains
https://diymachining.com/CNC made easy
https://www.makercase.com/#/Box designer
https://www.festi.info/boxes.py/Multitude of box designers
http://robbbb.github.io/VectorRuler/Ruler Generator
https://www.mazegenerator.net/Maze Generator
https://evolventdesign.com/pages/spur-gear-generatorSpur Gear Generator
https://geargenerator.comGear Generator
https://www.stlgears.com/Gear Generator
https://www.engineersedge.com/calculators/gear_generator/spur_gear_generator.htmlGear Generator
https://makerdesignlab.com/tutorials-tips/online-file-generators-for-laser-cutting/Selection of these and additional generators
http://boxdesigner.frag-den-spatz.de/Different generators for boxes, mazes, grids etc.
http://jeromeleary.com/laser/
http://jeromeleary.com/gears/
Box designer
Gear designer
https://adashrod.github.io/LaserCutMazes/welcomeMaze generator
https://www.mandalagaba.comMandala generator
https://puzzle.telegnom.org/Puzzle generator
https://proceduraljigsaw.github.io/OrganicPuzzleJs/Puzzle generator that can use custom outlines
https://draradech.github.io/jigsaw/Puzzle generator
https://snazzymaps.com/Great tool to prepare Google Maps for multi-layer laser maps
http://hessmer.org/gears/InvoluteSpurGearBuilder.htmlGear generator
https://www.templatemaker.nl/de/Huge selection of generators
https://makeabox.io/Box generator
https://websvg.github.io/voronoi/Voronoi pattern generator
https://www.blocklayer.com/clock-faceClock face generator
https://www.wordificator.com/Word cloud generator
https://cutecutter.com/Convert pictures to SVGs
https://suncatcherstudio.com/Huge collection of different generators
https://tools.jubiler3d.pl/Another great picture to SVG converter
https://plotter.vision/Convert STL files to 2D images that look threedimensional

Communities

Facebook Groups
Official Group for Sculpfun Usershttps://www.facebook.com/groups/538557960530958EN
Laser Engraving Machine Gift Making (Sculpfun Group)https://www.facebook.com/groups/sculpfuncommunityEN
Sculpfun S10 Official Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/sculpfuns10EN
Laser Gravur und Schnitt auf Deutsch – Laser Engraving & Cutting Germanyhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/laseradventureDE
Lightburn Laser Creationshttps://www.facebook.com/groups/2280530845526177EN
SCULPFUN S10 User Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/1092357074747158EN
Official Sculpfun S9https://www.facebook.com/groups/sculpfuns9EN
Den of Lasers https://www.facebook.com/groups/522775308373490EN
Forums
Plottmania-Forumhttps://plottmania.de/forum/board-list/DE
Dein Laserforumhttps://www.deinlaserforum.de/DE
LA Hobby Guyhttps://lahobbyguy.com/bb/EN

Video tutorials

If you prefer videos to reading, you can have a look here. Occasionally, it is easier to see something in action than to only read about it.

Official Sculpfun YouTube channelhttps://www.youtube.com/c/SCULPFUNReal/featuredEN
Official LightBurn YouTube channelhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-TdV9ThMD6E4MZztA6eZsQEN
YouTube channel from Mike (Admin of Sculpfun User Group at Facebook)https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-K6uJKI5tAWej3q7NH2D0gEN
YouTube channel von DragonCuthttps://www.youtube.com/c/Dragoncut/videosDE
YouTube channel from Hobbylasercutters.com/ JT Makes IThttps://www.youtube.com/c/JTMakesIt/videosEN
YouTube channel from Louisianna Hobby Guyhttps://www.youtube.com/c/TheLouisianaHobbyGuy/videosEN
My 8 Favorite Tools and Tips in LightBurnhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJTM8O6Wb0QEN
Air Assist Beginners Guidehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcI-y-ozaBsEN
Lightburn tutorial : Getting the best engraving settings for materialhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQTFEv7uGn0EN
Alternative Lasermarkiersprays für Metall im Test – Edelstahl – Alu und Stahl Laser Gravurhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQxMSiTEve4DE
YouTube Channel von Plottmaniahttps://www.youtube.com/user/agnaz1967/videosDE
Lightburn 101 – Starting Position, Origins, and Hominghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPZ3MnyyQ-sEN
Setting Up Your SCULPFUN Laser With LightBurn & First Project by LightBurn Channelhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYTuVfW3gFkEN
10 EXTRAORDINARY MATERIALS You Didn’t Think You Could LASER ENGRAVE! (Sculpfun S9)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLEVAfh_hDYEN
Lightburn Tips for Fast Burn Times!https://youtu.be/NeTMupMsx8EEN
K40 Keller (German community dedicated to CO2 lasers but open for diode lasers as well 🙂https://www.youtube.com/@K40Keller/videosDE

The following sections mostly apply to Sculpfun lasers.

Assembly / setup instructions

Sculpfun S6 & S9PDF-Download
Sculpfun S10PDF-Download
Sculpfun S30 seriesPDF-Download
Sculpfun S30 Ultra seriesPDF-Download
Sculpfun iCube seriesPDF-Download

Shopping (getting Sculpfun equipment)

Sculpfun official AliExpress store: https://sculpfun.aliexpress.com. Sculpfun recently released a new homepage with possibility to directly buy at Sculpfun. You can support this wiki by using the following link to buy at the official store: Official Sculpfun Store (affiliate link).

Sculpfun Equipment Links (not updated frequently, check the official stores as well)
Sculpfun S30 Seriessee links at the dedicated S30 page.
Sculpfun S10Geek buying: Link
Banggood (Global delivery): Link
TOMTOP: Link
Aliexpress (Global delivery): Link
Allegro (Poland&European countries): Link
Alibaba.com (Low batch price): Link
Sculpfun S10 (Laser Module)Geek buying: Link
Banggood (Global delivery): Link
TOMTOP: Link
Aliexpress (Global delivery): Link
Allegro (Poland&European countries): Link
Alibaba.com (Low batch price): Link
Sculpfun S9 Air Assist (Kit)With pump (select the right version for your country 110/220V!):
TOMTOP: Link
Aliexpress (Global delivery): Link
Banggood: Link
Geekbuying: Link
Without pump:
TOMTOP: Link
Banggood: Link
Geekbuying: Link
Sculpfun Air Assist PumpBanggood (Global delivery): Link
Geek buying: Link
TOMTOP: Link
AliExpress: Link
Allegro (Poland&European countries): Link
Alibaba.com (Low batch price & Global Shipping): Link
Sculpfun S9Banggood (Global delivery): Link
Aliexpress (Global delivery): Link
Amazon (Overseas warehouse Fast delivery ): Link
Alibaba.com (Low batch price ): Link
TOMTOP: Link
Geek buying(EU):Link
Geek buying(US):Link
Sculpfun S9 (Laser Module)Banggood (Global delivery): Link
Aliexpress (Global delivery): http://mtw.so/6nERDY
Amazon (Overseas warehouse Fast delivery ): http://mtw.so/616JFN
Alibaba.com (Low batch price ): http://mtw.so/5LnTuC
TOMTOP: https://www.tomtop.com/p-os5959.html
Geek buying(EU):Link
Geek buying(US):Link
Sculpfun Extension KitBanggood (Global delivery): Link
Aliexpress (Global delivery): http://mtw.so/69tcPE
Amazon (Overseas warehouse Fast delivery ): Link
Alibaba.com (Low batch price ): http://mtw.so/6g97e3
TOMTOP: https://www.tomtop.com/p-os5958.html
Geek buying(EU):Link
Geek buying(US):Link
Sculpfun Honeycomb BoardTOMTOP: https://www.tomtop.com/p-os5920.html
Banggood (Global delivery): Link
Aliexpress (Global delivery): http://mtw.so/5MUAoB
Amazon (Overseas warehouse Fast delivery ): Link
Alibaba.com (Low batch price ): http://mtw.so/616JAD
Geek buying(EU):Link
Geek buying(US):Link
Sculpfun Rotary RollerTOMTOP: https://www.tomtop.com/p-os6296.html
Banggood (Global delivery): Link
Aliexpress (Global delivery): http://mtw.so/5x0XOC
Amazon (Overseas warehouse Fast delivery ): Link
Alibaba.com (Low batch price ): http://mtw.so/5x1qLC
Geek buying(EU):Link
Geek buying(US):Link
Notice: These are no affiliate links, I do not earn any money if you click on them.

Additional Equipment / Zusätzliches Equipment

Here is a list of commonly used equipment. If you think, something is missing, please let me know. There are no affiliate links, I attempted to avoid linking to a dedicated product but the product class.

Air Assist Pumps / Compressor / Pumpen
Requirement: about 60L/min
Hailea ACO-318 https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B00BNSQ16K
Aquaforte V-60 https://www.amazon.de/dp/B006SYHCI0/
Silicon hose https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B000H6SRMU/
Air Assist Nozzles / Düsen
Facebook Group Files Section: https://www.facebook.com/groups/538557960530958/files
Thingiverse: https://www.thingiverse.com/search?q=sculpfun&page=1&type=things&sort=relevant
Brass Nozzle (Messingdüse) from Jakub: https://www.etsy.com/de/listing/952903198/ultimate-air-assist-brass-nozzle-for
Tobias Vollmer: https://www.vollmer-tobias.de/air-assist-sculpfun-s9/
V-Slot-Wheels / Laufrollen
Standard “open builds” vslot wheels
Hole diameter: 5 mm, Thickness: 10,23 mm, Dimensions: 23,89 x 16 x 10,23 mm, 625zz bearing
Use polycarbonate ones if possible, they are more robust
https://www.aliexpress.com/wholesale?SearchText=v+slot+wheel
Belts / Riemen
Type: GT2, 6mm
High quality are from Gates Powergrip
mostly no name brands: https://www.aliexpress.com/wholesale?SearchText=gt2+belt+6mm
T-Nuts / T-Nut-Muttern
M3 M4 M5 as you like (depends on your screws)
width should be 10x6mm to fit into 2020 aliminium profile
https://www.aliexpress.com/wholesale?SearchText=t-nut+2020
Limit Switches / Endschalter
I recommend fully assembled switches with debouncing circuitry already on board (like the one in the picture)
https://www.aliexpress.com/wholesale?SearchText=endstop+switch
Drag chains / Schleppketten
I recommend 10x15mm minimum and with feature to open each element:
https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B07WJ4CPF5/
Fan / Lüfter
The laser head uses a standard 40x40x20mm fan (two-wire, no PWM/RPM). Be sure that it is 12V and has enough CFM.
https://www.aliexpress.com/wholesale?SearchText=fan+40*40*20
Laser Shield Glas / Laserschutzglas
Requirement: blocks wavelength around 455nm (laser wavelength)
Plexiglas GS Orange 2C04 GT is absorbing the correct wavelength. It’s hard to post international links, better search for some local supplier.
Automatic Fire Extinguisher / Automatischer Feuerlöschball
Fire extinguisher ball: https://www.elidefire.fr/home
Protective glasses / Laserschutzbrille
Look out for certified glasses for a wavelength of 455nm and an optical density of OD6+. It’s hard to post international links, better search for some local supplier.
Honeycomb bed / Wabenmatte
Be aware that most of the honeycomb beds have a 2cm frame and this one is counted at the size measurement. So my bed that was advertised as 40x40cm bed has a usable size of 36x36cm.
https://www.aliexpress.com/wholesale?SearchText=honeycomb+laser
Honeycomb pins / Wabennadeln
These pins are used to hold the workpiece down on the bed. Very convenient, especially if the workpiece is not straight flat. I received this file from somewhere, I can’t recover any author. Download (LightBurn file) I used 4 mm plywood to cut them out, but 3 mm should be fine as well or even better.
For the original Sculpfun honeycomb, I needed to adjust the size: Download (LightBurn file)
And here are some other pins, by Paul Grobler (official Sculpfun Facebook group): Download (LightBurn file)
Focus Screw Knobs / Adapter für Fokusschrauben
The focus screws are very tiny, that’s why I use these adaptors: Thingiverse Link
You can also use the laser to create such: Download (LightBurn file) (by Paul Grobler)
Focus Tool Holder / Halter für den Fokussierungs-Zylinder
This is a holder that can be produced with the laser itself. I included two versions that have been shared in the Sculpfun user group: Download (LightBurn file)
Cable fixation for v-slot profiles: Printables-Link