Bookable Resources - Laser Cutter / Engraver
Why use a laser cutter?
Laser cutters are used to cut and engrave a range of flat sheets of material with a high degree of accuracy. This allows you to very quickly make items such as boxes, jewellery, stamps, stencils, and models.
====Video==== Daniels idea of quick video: Portrait 5 things to remember about this equipment, tik tok style really short safety eg laser, vector files, check settings. portrait mode. refresher for after induction.
Below you will find a slideshow of some of the workshops we have done over the years that utilize a laser cutter.
====Projects Gallery==== Here are some cool projects that patrons of the Fabrication Lab have made with our laser cutter. **Slideshow here
Induction & Booking
To use this equipment you will need an general induction (which brings you up to speed with the overall safety of the Fabrication Lab, and a specific equipment induction. Check out the Inductions Page for more info.
We currently have two trotec Speedy 300 Laser cutter/engravers. They have a maximum bed size of 730 x 430mm (a little over A2 paper size) and they can cut an array of materials (more info below).
Laser cutters shoot a concentrated beam of light through material to selectively burn/vaporize it with extreme precision.
Laser cut files generally start life as a vector file, which is converted into machine code through special software.
Our Standard Operating Procedures contain a basic workflow with a focus on safety.
A standard workflow of the current machine can be found on its page
The instructions for the practical exercise of the laser cutter induction can be found here
Software options for making vectors (including tutorials and communities!) can be found here: Software
We encourage users to make use of the materials that The Edge has tested and keep in stock for purchase such as plywood and acrylic.
We also recognize users will want to experiment with new exotic materials. Here at The Edge we love seeing people experiment. But we need to check that new materials are safe to cut. There are many materials which produce extremely harmful (potentially deadly) fumes when cut, and for that reason we are very cautious about the materials that can be used in our laser cutters. Check out the Laser Materials page for more info:
We have collected loads of handy guides, interesting techniques, resources, tools etc. If you're looking to dive deeper into the world of lasers and expand your know-how you will find many great resources here.
If you are having trouble with the laser cutter we have collected a bunch of resources here
To add: communities