Learn how to safely operate Asylasaur - the Artisan's Asylum laser cutter and the Epilog Helix laser engraver! Asylasaur is a 100W CO2 laser cutter built by the Artisan's Asylum community based on the Lasersaur open source laser cutter project.
This 2-hour basic training class will cover some basics on how laser cutters work and review operating procedures for the laser cutters, including information on the variety of different materials that can be used in the machines.
Testing will be required before students can use the tool independently as members. Students will get to create a small item as part of the testing!
Note this is not a modeling class, and will not teach students how to create designs to cut. To learn more about modeling and design, check out our offerings in Inkscape, AutoCAD, 123D Make, and Blender on our classes page.
- Understand principles of laser cutting and etching
- Learn what makes materials safe to use in the laser
- Learn how to set up, shut down and clean the laser cutters
- Learn how to user LasaurApp, the front end application for the cutter
- Be prepared to deal with problems that may arise while using Asylasaur
- Be able to reserve Asylasaur, the Helix and use them independently.
- Be able to exchange meaningful "Pew pew!" exclamations with other laser pilots.
No prior experience is required to operate the machine.
Students without experience working with Inkscape or other 2D modeling software will need to investigate working with vectors or take additional classes (listing available here).
Students must be at least 18 years old.
Tools and materials for a small project will be provided.
What to Bring:
Students should bring something to write with/on if they would like to take notes but slides will be provided to students after class.
Derek Seabury is a computer scientist, systems architect, and scuba diving instructor, and led the team that built the Asylasur laser cutter at the Asylum.
Various. See ticket types above for specific dates and times available.
REFUNDS: We offer full refunds for any class cancellations more than three days in advance of the class start date. After that point refunds are contingent upon the Asylum being able to fill the seat. No refunds whatsoever are offered for same-day cancellations. To request a refund for a class, please fill out this form.
CANCELLATIONS: Your class may be cancelled if too few people register. A decision will be made a few days before the class is scheduled to run, and you will be notified of the cancellation and your registration refunded in full.
Artisan's Asylum, Inc.
Artisan's Asylum is a community fabrication and makerspace near Union Square, Somerville MA, that is dedicated to making creativity a way of life. It does this by maintaining a community workshop, training its members in the use of all of its professional-grade equipment, and hosting events promoting the learning and practicing of craft and creative expression.