I’m doing it with LightBurn and CC. Recently, the folks at both companies coordinated to make sure that they export and import SVGs that retain their sizes…this made it possible to do what we’d like to do.
I usually start in LightBurn and layout the overall size and all of my burns. I put in the elements and placeholders for the stuff I’m going to do in CC. In Lightburn you can choose to not output design elements, so I only output the items I really want to burn. The rest of them are there so that the SVG that I export from Lightburn will contain all of the reference objects.
The most important object, by far, is the bounding box. Design a box (that you won’t burn, but you’ll export in the SVG) around your entire design. If you’re not going to have a center point on your stock that you can use to align both your CNC and your Laser, then you will use the lower left corner of that box to be your origin. The important thing is that, when you import the SVG into CC, the box comes with it and you now have a reliable spot upon which to start your cut.
When I cut, I generally do the CNC routing first. Mark the lower left corner and zero there (it won’t likely be the lower left corner of your actual stock, but it could be). Run your cuts. Then, without moving the piece, mount your laser, zero on the origin, select your correct origin position in LIghtBurn and do your burn. It will be right on, as long as you are precise in zero-ing both processes.
EDIT: The reason I start with the CNC is that often I will cut the exterior of the bounding box to be my final cutout (with tabs), which gives me a perfect spot to zero x&y. Either way, you have to be careful to consider where you’re putting your origin and that the process before it won’t obfuscate any marks you put on your wood (like cutting away the mark with the router - or burning it away with the laser).
If you want to laser first, you could burn the bounding box onto your stock, if you’re going to rout it away anyway…and use the burn as the xy point for the router.
I’m not sure if my process is really clear here…I can get into more detail…but the key is the bounding box coming across in the SVG and becoming your reference point for aligning your origin.
Sorry: I keep editing this thing.
If you’re burning an image, and you want to use that image as part of your CNC cutout, you can trace the image in Lightburn and export the trace (not the image) in the SVG file. Then you can use the tracing to layout your toolpaths.