I have till the end of the week to make a decision. I’m replacing the legacy controller on my Boss 1620 and picking a controller specifically to be compatible with Lightburn. I’m planning to use ethernet to connect it to my wifi router, so I can send files wirelessly from one of several workstations. Other than setting up jobs, adjusting focus, jogging the head, and start/pause/stopping the job, I have never used my control pad to adjust power settings or anything else, so minimal local features are fine by me. I have some questions and requirements listed here:
If I get a controller with a 4th stepper output, can Lightburn use this for rotary work so that I don’t have to disconnect my y-axis every time?
It must be able to turn on/off the air assist and blower
Will either one of these give me the ability to have a multilayer job adjust or offset the focus between layers? For example, setting a base focus from the machine when setting up the job, then having the program defocus / offset for single line engraving, then go back to “0” to cut out the part? This was be a huge bonus. Is this possible under any control/software circumstances?
I want the best possible support for LightBurn features.
It seems like my best options are Ruida RDC6442G/S or Trocen AWC708C. I am new to LightBurn, but have 7 years of CNC and Laser operating experience. The old software/hardware workflow for the laser has always been terrible, so I’m looking forward to moving to LightBurn. Which one do you guys think is best for my application?