What is a Laser Cutter? A laser cutter is a rapid prototyping machine that uses a CO2 laser beam for cutting and etching precise shapes out of wood, plastic and other rigid materials. Think of it as a printer, but with more firepower!
Pre-requisite: Intro to Design for Laser Cutting (or similar basic experience drawing shapes and designs in Corel Draw, Illustrator or other Vector graphics/design software). Intro to Design for Laser Cutting is offered twice a month and generally held on Tuesday evenings.
Introduction and outline of class – What we will learn and what will do in the course of the class
Laser cutting in practice – What can be made with slideshow and physical examples
Design – Software to use and intro to the software
Vector versus Raster files
Laser cutter design considerations – What can work and what will not (i.e Hairline vector rule)
Student Design Process – Students will use their laptops or the Hacker Lab laptops and create their designs.
Review errors and ways to prevent them
Laser Safety, Rules, and Guidelines – Stressed so the users and machine can stay in tact.
Introduction to components of the laser cutter
Overview of materials
Preparing the machine for operation
Safety, Rules, and Guidelines review
Positioning the laser and workpiece
Navigating the laser UI software
Finishing techniques for wood pieces
How to Prepare / What to Bring?
Students should bring a USB flash drive to class with at least 500mb or more of free storage.
It is highly recommended to bring a laptop as well, with Inkscape (free design software) downloaded onto your laptop.
Bring your graphics file(s) if you took Intro to Laser Cutting 101.
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