In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to download LaserCut 5.3 and Install it. Laser Cut very old but still very useful software to control laser machines.
You can Download LaserCut 5.3 from this link - Download
After downloading extract the files from the zipped archive to a new directory.
The archive contains 3 folders,
• Lasercut 5.3 – Control Software. This is used to prepare the cutting files before sending them to the laser
• Driver – USB Dongle. An additional driver for the USB dongle if you are using a 64-bit version of Windows 7
• Driver – Laser Cutter. The driver to connect directly to the laser cutter.
In a typical install, all the required drivers will be set up as part of the Lasercut Installer, the additional drivers are only provided for completeness.
2. Installing Lasercut 5.3
Run the “Setup.exe” program from within the LaserCut 5.3 folder, this will start the installation of Lasercut 5.3
Install Lasercut using the default settings. The ‘Lasercut53′ type is a standalone version of Lasercut which can be used in demonstration mode without the need for the softdog dongle.
Like most older programs Lasercut prefers to run from the default paths.
The program will install Lasercut, the drivers for the USB dongle and the drivers for the laser cutter.
Once complete navigate to the newly created folder to start the program.
3. Checking the Drivers
Connect both the Laser cutter and the USB dongle to the computer. If the drivers have installed correctly then they will appear in the device manager as shown above. If the USB dongle has not installed correctly it will appear as EZ-USB-FX2 with a warning symbol next to it. To manually update the driver right click to an item in device manager. Select Update driver and then manually select the folder downloaded in the first step. Windows will then determine which driver is best for your version of windows and update appropriately.
4. Running Lasercut 5.3
There are two versions of Lasercut located within the program path, a full version, and a demonstration version.
The full version of Lasercut, “Lasercut53.exe”, will only run if the softdog USB dongle is connected to the computer. This version gives you complete control over the laser cutter. You can download jobs to the laser, adjust the cutting position and start a job all from within Lasercut.
The demo version of Lasercut, “Lasercut53_Demo.exe”, will run even if the softdog USB dongle is not present. This version of the software has limited capabilities; in particular, it does not allow you to save your work and it does not connect to the laser cutter (the program will crash if this is attempted). There are workarounds which allow you to prepare files while using the demonstration version.
5. Selecting the appropriate Laser cutter
For the first execution of the Lasercut program simply run the appropriate labelled “.bat” file from the install directory.
Lasercut extracts laser cutter information from the “syscfg.ini” file stored next to its executable. This file contains information about the size of the machine, the maximum speed of the axis and lots of other data. When the “bat” file is run it simply copies the appropriate configuration file for the target machine and replaces the “syscfg.ini” file with it. The bat file then launches the Lasercut application. Each time Lasercut is run from this point onwards it will refer to the target machine. These “bat” files are particularly useful when one computer is used to connect to multiple sizes of laser cutter.
By the way, if you are new you can enroll to the LaserCut 5.3 video course to start to work faster