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Lasers from Design to Cutting - June 2021

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Learn all the core concepts for successful Laser Cutting in this 2 part course.

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This course is great for laser beginners. Beginners are folks who will benefit from end-to-end instruction in order to meaningfully qualify as a “certified operator” and more importantly have a successful cutting experience that won’t wreck the machine. This exciting course is split into 2 parts. The class fee for this class covers the entire course.

Familiarity with vector design software is a prerequisite for this class. We recommend you take one of the free introduction to Illustrator Classes or Introduction to Inkscape tutorial you can find online before taking this course

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All proceeds from this class go support the Laser Program at Ace Makerspace. The new machine will be able to support 2 monitors! Ace has raised 25% of the funds needed so far.

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Part 1: Introduction to Laser and File Preparation. A 3-hour virtual class where you will learn:

  • Cohort introductions
  • Laser cutting concepts
  • Basic machine function and maintenance
  • Speed/power/materials calculations
  • Ace specific resources and procedures
  • File Preparation using Adobe Illustrator
  • LaserSoft software basics for the Barracuda laser
  • Homework assignment

Part 2: File Review + Cutting | Saturday, June 26th - Onsite at Ace from 11am to 2pm . A 3-hour onsite class where you will:

  • Review the physical setup of the laser and toolchain
  • Review and correct student files
  • Choose materials and review design material compatability
  • Determine settings and complete test cutting for each material type
  • Students will cut their files
  • Complete shut down and clean up at the end of the session

Testing for Certification: Take the knowledge check and get certified. (virtual - self-managed)

About Masks and COVID at Ace Makerspace

Masks are now optional for vaccinated people in Ace spaces. If you are vaccinated wearing a mask is now optional in Ace Spaces. Please follow all posted signage in other parts of the building.

Unvaccinated people need to wear a mask in all Ace spaces. If you are not vaccinated please were a mask in all Ace spaces with other people for your own safety as recommended by the CDC.

Sanitization. Cleaning your touchpoints and sanitizing your hands is still the right thing to do. These are the vectors of infection. Also, avoid touching your face. This especially important as COVID variants spread. It is also the easiest way to help keep yourself and others safe.

See the complete Ace COVID Safety Policy

This set of courses requires a minimum of 2 students to run. Refunds will be issued if we don't make the minimum.

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