Laser cutters allow users to make extremely precise cuts in a flat sheet of material (such as wood, cloth, and acrylic) and engrave an image onto an object by burning or melting away very fine layers with laser precision.
At Open Lab, we will teach you how to set up your design file and use our laser cutter and engraver. Once you have been trained, you are an Approved User and can use it free of charge. Laser training can be scheduled during Open Lab @ Alumni open hours; schedule laser training using this form. New users interested in getting an overview are also encouraged to register to attend one of our workshops – our Laser Cutting workshops (see slides for workshop) count as training and designate you as an Approved User.
Faculty members interested in incorporating laser cutting and/or engraving into a course they teach are encouraged to to set up a consultation with a full-time Open Lab staff member.
- Model: Epilog Zing 24” cabinet with 50W CO2 laser:
- 24”W x 12”L maximum material size
- 3-stage air filtration system
- Rotary arm attachment for engraving rounded objects
- Location: Open Lab @ Alumni
- Software: Adobe Illustrator
- Cuttable materials:
- Wood: ¼” or less in thickness
- Acrylic: ⅜” or less in thickness
- Other thin, not-so-dense things like cardstock, leather, fabric, cork…
- Engravable materials:
- Most things, 8” or less in thickness
- Hard metals can’t be engraved, but can have metal marking spray “enameled” onto the surface
- Dangerous materials not permitted:
- Anything that will produce toxic gas if lasered (PVC, vinyl)
- Things under pressure (canisters)
- Mirrors facing the laser
- Cuttable materials:
- Materials Available at Open Lab:
- ⅛” acrylic
- ⅛” plywood
- ¼” plywood
- ¼” MDF
- Training: Schedule a training here during Open Lab @ Alumni hours.
- Laser use for Approved Users: Reserve laser time during Open Lab @ Alumni hours.
Open Lab does not charge for project materials; however, we do not have the capacity to support high volume manufacturing. You may bring your own materials to use provided they are not dangerous. Please review the Laser Cutter section of the Open Lab Member Policies & Handbook.
- Laser Cutting/Engraving and Designing in Illustrator Workshop Slides
- Adobe Illustrator for Laser Cutting video tutorial
- Epilog Laser FAQ
- Epilog Zing manual (including recommended material settings in Appendix B)