Please note that we do not provide support for any of the software below other than with the supply of Makerspace NZ supplied machines, but we really love these software apps* to create cool stuff and blow minds – and so we thought we’d share the love:
*Windows only here – but MacOS might be available for some of these elsewhere – talk to us 🙂
LaserWorks V8* – (for newer TEXXXXL machines)
This is an upgraded standard version of the laser control software that interfaces with all newer CO2 laser cutters that we supply and use. Download it and have a play!
For a full in depth learning experience why not check out our Laserworks V8 Tutorials on Youtube.
LaserWorks V5* – (for older TEXXXXL machines)
This is a legacy version of the laser control software that interfaces with all versions of the CO2 laser cutters that we supply and use, but lacks some features and conveniences of the newer version. Please note: V5 and the newer V8 have different file formats and are not interchangeable in many instances.
Lightburn Laser Software (trial/demo for MacOS)
Lightburn is a proprietary graphics editor and laser processor similar to Laserworks 8 that works with MacOS, it is not free, we don’t support this product in any way and a 3rd party subscription is required.
Inkscape is an open-source vector graphics editor similar to Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, Freehand, or Xara X. It also can export DXF files that work quite well with Laserworks, and PDFs that import into VCarve nicely.
VCarve Pro* (…because you really don’t need ‘Aspire!)
VCarve Pro 8.5/9 is a simple and powerful CAD package (and post-processor) with excellent integration to our CO2 Lasers and CNC Routers. Pricing is reasonable, and its powerful CAD creation, checking, fixing, and cleanup tools make life much easier.
If you loved the trial – you can buy a digital installer from us as the NZ Agent and we can provide professional development (Bonus: upto 40 licenses per install for schools!)
Sculptris (Full version for Windows)*
If you love to play with clay and create creatures and characters like the movie-pros, Scultpris is the ultimate in creativity! Use the easy-to-learn software and create your creature, then export and 3D print, lasercut or CNC machine your creations.
123Make (Full version for Windows)*
123D Make lets you turn 3D models into 2D build plans with animated assembly instructions – perfect for lasercutting and CNC plans!
Pepakura Designer (Trial version)*
Use your 3D models to create awesome physical paper-art and soft materials (think of all the cuddly toy possibilities!)
Documents and Manuals
We have a wide range of manuals, guides, and documentation for our machines and supplies, but there are far too many to list here. Please contact us – we’re happy to help!