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Laser Cutter Training

MakeIt Labs

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)

Laser Cutter Training
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Ticket Type Remaining Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Makeit Labs Pro Member 4 Tickets May 17, 2017 Free $0.00
MakeIt Labs Hobbyist Member 4 Tickets May 17, 2017 $20.00 $1.99
Non-Member 4 Tickets May 17, 2017 $50.00 $3.49

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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:

Safety
For You and the Laser

Material Selection
Types and thicknesses of materials that can be cut or engraved
What should never, EVER, be used in the laser
Testing materials

Using LaserCut 5.3
Creating Designs
Importing Designs
Setting Cut/Engrave Parameters
Uploading Jobs to the Laser

Setting up the Laser
Positioning the Work Piece
Setting Focus
Checking Project Dimensions
Verify Chiller, Blower, Exhaust

Cutting / Engraving
Flat Pieces
Using the Rotary Attachment

Maintenance
Cleaning the Lens and Mirrors

 

Before Class

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.

Make It Labs Laser Wiki

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:

http://www.inkscape.org/

Non-Members

  • 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!
Have questions about Laser Cutter Training? Contact MakeIt Labs

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MakeIt Labs
25 Crown St
Nashua, NH 03060

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)


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MakeIt Labs

MakeIt Labs: DreamIt. LearnIt. MakeIt.

We are an Open-Access Workshop (a.k.a hackerspace) in Nashua, NH. We're a collection of Engineers, Makers, Hackers, Inventors and Tinkerers who just love building cool things. http://makeitlabs.com/

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