Tool Training: Laser Cutter Winter 2016
Tool Training: Laser Cutter Winter 2016

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Tool Training: Laser Cutter Winter 2016

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Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

10 Tyler Street

Somerville, MA 02143

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Learn how to safely operate Asylasaur - the Artisan's Asylum laser cutter! 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.

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.

Class Goals:

Students will:

  • 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.

Materials Provided:

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.

Instructor Biography:

Brian Johnson

Brian C. Johnson manages the Digital Fabrication Lab at the Artisan's Asylum and incorporates laser cutting and etching into many of his projects.

Event Time:

Laser Cutter training is generally available one weeknight and one weekend afternoon every month. See drop-down menu above for specific dates and times available.


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Somerville, MA 02143

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