Laser cutting and Inkscape: a course designed to get you started using this precision cutting tool. Learn how to operate a machine that cuts wood, plexiglas or foam with a 90 Watt Full Spectrum Laser. The class also covers making vector graphics in a free program called Inkscape. Operating the laser safely is easy. Operating the laser safely and making sure that you don't do any damage to the machine or try to cut a material that will make a fire, poison gas or both is a about as complicated as baking a cake. Can a novice, who knows nothing about cooking learn to bake a cake in a two hour class? I think so but it requires actually baking a cake which is what we will do. We will talk about laser cutting and then we will go give everyone hands on experience with the laser cutter.
Precision cutting is really cool but it is only a tool if you know how to make your own vector files. So this class includes a section on inkscape design to get everyone off to the races, making their insane ideas a reality. I absolutely love the way that scaleable vector graphic files think about images. It is a fusion of emotion and math that laymen need to see to understand. There are plenty of things I used to make in photoshop (GIMP) that I now make in Inkscape with higher precision and less time.
-Patrick Raines "I was taught 3D modeling by a pack of wild youtube videos"
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