Introduction: Design With Neje Laser Engraver on Mac OSX

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A long time looking for a little and portable laser engraver for write and design on plastic, leather, and paper. I want a laser that can engrave also little PCBs, and I want use this on my mac. I have choosed the little laser engraver of Neje. This model is Neje DK-8-KZ ( have a laser diode of 1000 mW, and can engrave on plastic, wood, paper, leather or textile.

Step 1: Open the Package and Install the Driver

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This laser is very portable, and also the laser can go without usb connection to the computer. You can use only two 2A usb power supply. One for the laser, and other for the motors.
When you open the package, you can see the laser engraver, a micro sd with all the necessary to the laser, and a pair of glasses for use the laser in totally security.

Step 2: Buy the Neje Laser Engraver on Gearbest

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I've bought the laser engraver on GearBest ( This for two reasons. First one is the price, second one is the shipping speed. If you want see the laser on GearBest please visit this link Neje DK-8-KZ on GearBest ( If you want buy this product now, and want a discount on this product, you can use this coupon code: GB8ND.
The product that I've chose is Neje DK-8_KZ 1000mW Laser Engraver Printer. The laser can be carved items included: Hard wood, plastic, bamboo, rubber, leather, cut paper and so on. The dimension of product are: 14.50 x 16.00 x 19.00 cm / 5.71 x 6.3 x 7.48 inches for 0.970 kg of weight. The image that you can engrave is 512x512 pixels.

Step 3: Download the DBeam App

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The Neje laser have a good program to convert, and upload the image to the laser. But this Istructables is good for Mac users. Now it's time to use DBeam. DBeam is a simple but most efficently program that convert in gray scale, that redimension the image perfectly for the neje, and upload an image to the Neje laser. For use Dbeam, you previously can download the Neje drivers. This drivers are good to convert USB to serial and viceversa. I use mac-usb-serial. See link below.

Download the app:

Drivers working with this version is

I use this:

Step 4: Download the Inkskape App and XQuartz

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The laser can engrave all type of image. But I use a vectorial image. For design the vectorial image on my mac, I use Inkscape app.

Inkscake is a free program that you can use to create or modify the vector image. For use Inkscape you can download XQuartz. See the link below.

Download XQuartz:

Download Inkscape:

Step 5: Design the First Engraver

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You can open Inkscape and create a square of 500 px by using the square tool.

After you can choose the withe color for the background and for the line of the square. This is the area of the Neje work. In this area you can put the image, or write text. Create your design and after save the layout.

After this step, you can export the image by click File --> export png image.

Now you can put the png image on the DBeam screen. You can see the image in DBeam.

Set the Burn Time, and after click Upload image. Then click start, and wait the final result.

ATTENTION! The Burn Time depend to the material to engrave and by the kind of design that you want engrave. ATTENTION!

Burn Times Table

12/15 engrave paper

60/100 wood

120/240 hard plastic

Step 6: The Final Result

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For try this product, I have printed on my iPhone's charger my name, because this is the second charger that I "lose".

I want use a led light directly to the laser bed for use the laser with the glasses, and want use a little fan that I can use like fume extractor. This are my new Istructables. Stay Tuned!


dbryant79 (author)2018-01-05

Hello, Is this software for my MacBook pro current and usable? If so, where can I find the link or download?

Thank you

masteruan (author)dbryant792018-01-06

Unfortunately I don't have the app, and I don't know where fouds the app.

AngelF61 (author)2017-11-26

Hello guys,

how about the size can you make it bigger image if choose too?

masteruan (author)AngelF612017-12-17

10x10 cm

marcd108 (author)2017-09-05

hello guys, how are you doing?

I just bought my engraver and it works on my phone but not on my Mac with Sierra... even not recognized :/ More than that, the link for DBeam seems dead (maybe you could upload your version on uptobox or sth like this, that would be great ahah).

I don't know what to do to make it work on my Mac :/

Any advice? :)

Thank you for your help and for this tuto !


masteruan (author)marcd1082017-09-07

Dear I'm working on a dBeam version for Mac OSX. When I'm ready, I pubblish on this Instructables.

marcd108 (author)masteruan2017-09-07

omg you are a genius ! thank you very much :)

have a great day

tapascio (author)2017-04-24

Ciao. Come ti dicevo, non trovo da nessuna parte DBeam...

masteruan (author)tapascio2017-04-24

DBeam non è un mio programma. Non saprei dove reperirlo. Io l'ho scaricato da internet e mi dispiace non sia più disponibile. Prova a contattare il servizio clienti GearBest o usare Wine per MAC

tapascio (author)masteruan2017-04-24

Grazie mille...
Provo a dare un'occhiata.

masteruan (author)2017-04-24

DBeam is not my program. I would not know where to find it. I downloaded it from the internet and I'm sorry it is no longer available. Try contacting GearBest customer service or using Wine for MAC

tapascio (author)2017-04-21

Hi Masteruan, are you italian?

masteruan (author)tapascio2017-04-22

Hi tapascio. Yes I'm italian.

tapascio (author)masteruan2017-04-22

Perfetto. Allora mi permetto di farti una domanda nella nostra lingua, visto che con l'inglese ci faccio a pugni...

Ho ordinato la Neje e ho qualche dubbio sui link aggiornati dove reperire driver e app perché funzionino su Mac. Tu hai la possibilità di darmi questi link? Grazie mille e complimenti per la spiegazione. Saluti

masteruan (author)tapascio2017-04-24

DBeam non è un mio programma. Non saprei dove reperirlo. Io l'ho scaricato da internet e mi dispiace non sia più disponibile. Prova a contattare il servizio clienti GearBest o usare Wine per MAC

DBeam is not my program. I would not know where to find it. I downloaded it from the internet and I'm sorry it is no longer available. Try contacting GearBest customer service or using Wine for MAC

makermitch69 (author)2017-03-14

as soon as i plug the laser usb in to my mac it crashes my os system!!! and litterally has a pannic attack!! why???

masteruan (author)makermitch692017-03-15

Upgrade the driver with

AJB2K3 (author)2017-02-27

Any chance of looking at the code for Dbeam, masteruan?

masteruan (author)AJB2K32017-03-09

The program Neje not is mine..

DiegoG164 (author)2017-03-07

hi, ive just bought this, but the files are corrupted, even for microsfot, i have mac and windows, what can i do to make it work?

WesleyS66 (author)2017-02-20

ola comprei uma neje 1000mw e não estou comseguido instalar o drive o cartão que veio não abre so diz aquivo corompido oque faze obrigado

masteruan (author)WesleyS662017-02-21


WesleyS66 (author)2017-02-20

estou com medo de ficar sem a maquina pois sem o drive n serve de nada serto?? alguem zape 88997341228

thickneckarts (author)2017-02-16

I have installed and re-installed the supplied zip file as well as the one linked to a blog from here but still when I connect the usb my mac says an error has occurred and restarts :(

I'm not a coder, or even that 'puter savy, can this process of installation for the mac (el capitan) be put in layman terms?

Correction, I'm running Sierra

lisamarieforbes (author)2017-01-23

Hi, I have bought a NEJE DK - BL1500mw 550 x 550 Pixel Laser Engraver form Gearbest and downloaded the DBeam software onto my MacBook but every time I turn on the laser for it to connect to it shuts my MacBook down. I am using macOS Sierra 10.12.2.

If you have any advise that would be great. Many thanks. Lisa

MelaF3 (author)lisamarieforbes2017-02-05

Hi Lisa I'm having the same problem as well were you able to figure it out? Pls do let me know if you have :) you can contact me at

try this:

instructableslarry (author)2017-01-04

I purchased this unit and downloaded the Mac driver and it works fine except the positioning controls (Up, Down, Left, Right) don't work. Anyone else experiencing this?

any advice on how to let it find my usbport? have osxsierra....

masteruan (author)tommatador2017-01-18

Download CoolTerm:

Connect the laser engraver, and open the program. See the port.

toma103 (author)masteruan2017-01-19

tried it but still nothing..

1/ laser is working (kan print butterfly as test)
2/ cannot put the 2 usb-cables in my imac or it restarts itself so 1 goes in imac, other via usbadapter
3/no port is from the laser....tried via terminal/coolterm/nothing in device list...

any tips? :(

masteruan (author)toma1032017-01-20

Reinstall the USB driver for serial converter.

Try to read this:

toma103 (author)masteruan2017-01-20

thanks for the link but already tried it together with the laser engraver controller 1.0b3....
really no idea :(

InarcoC (author)2016-10-06

Does anyone know who programmed the DBeam app? I am trying to reverse-engineer the NEJE protocol to make a windows lasercarving app that does not appear as a trojan to antivirus software...

About DBeam states that it is Copyright 2015 Fredrik Andersson

masteruan (author)InarcoC2016-10-11

I don't know...

Conor M (author)2017-01-04

Thanks alot, I was having trouble looking for a OSX version

easomoza (author)2016-11-22

Hi I recently purchased the NEJE and I am having trouble. Anytime the NEJE is connected to the computer and I open Dbeam the application closes immediately. I downloaded the Mac-USB-Serial Driver and installed it but I am having the same issue. I was wondering how you use Mac-USB-Serial Driver. After you install the driver do you need to do anything? Should I be able to open the app and have it working?

Thank you for your help.

HerveD4 (author)2016-09-22

hello, very interesting for using the printer with a mac. But the link to download the Dbeam app is not working and the file has been deleted. Where is it popssible to get it ? best regards.

masteruan (author)HerveD42016-09-22

try this:

HerveD4 (author)masteruan2016-09-22

thank... it works...

masteruan (author)HerveD42016-09-22

Ohhhhh right!!

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