Learn how to cut and engrave with our 80W Laser Cutter!
This class is MANDATORY in order to be allowed to operate the laser. While non-members may take the class, membership at MakeIt Labs is required for access to the laser outside of class.
This class covers:
For You and the Laser
Types and thicknesses of materials that can be cut or engraved
What should never, EVER, be used in the laser
Using LaserCut 5.3
Setting Cut/Engrave Parameters
Uploading Jobs to the Laser
Setting up the Laser
Positioning the Work Piece
Checking Project Dimensions
Verify Chiller, Blower, Exhaust
Cutting / Engraving
Using the Rotary Attachment
Cleaning the Lens and Mirrors
Get the most out of your class!
Check out the Laser Wiki ahead of time - and farmiliarize youself with what you will be going over.
To make the most of your class, (and certainly to utilize the laser when you're done with it), I'd highly recommend that learn at least a bit of the basics in some piece of software to do 2d design. This could be a program like AutoCAD (or some free version of this) to do formal engineering/drafting work.
Anything that can export DXF files (among a few others) will work for the laser's software. There is a comprehensive list of stuff on the Wiki (above).
Another route to go is a "vector graphics" programs such as Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw (which are a bit more "artistic" oriented, as opposed to formal engineer/CAD oriented). These generally are used for "aesthetic" projects, and are easier to get going on.
The good part is there is a great free, open-source one called "Inkscape". We have this on the laser computer, and will be demonstrating it briefly in-class. I'd recommend downloading it, and maybe going through some tutorials - either way - it's a great tool for artistry in general, not just for the laser. Check it out at:
- Please show up 15 minutes early and sign the lab usage waver at our waver station. This must be done before taking the class.
- Want to get some use out of the laser after the class? Ask about how to apply some of the cost of your corse to a Make-It Labs memebership!
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