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 Laser Cutter Notice: WE NOW HAVE 18”X32” MDF FOR $1.00 AND 18”X16-3/4” MDF FOR $0.50.
PLEASE COME TO THE FABLAB WITHIN 30 MINUTES OF SUBMITTING YOUR JOBS TO SIGN THE ORDER FORM AND SUBMIT PAYMENT PRIOR TO CUTTING.

What: We have two Universal Laser System X-660 lasers (one white and one blue).

Where: Fabrication Lab (Building 35, First Floor)

Capabilities: Laser Cutting and Engraving on a variety of approved materials (see list below)

Cost: $0.50 a minute of cutting/engraving

Time Limit: There is a two hour time limit per student per day. Any project that takes longer than two hours will not be cut. Please plan accordingly.

Laser Cutting Your Files:
Laser cutting is done by the fabrication lab employee.
Students must submit their files following the instructions below.
Once uploaded, bring your supplied material to the fabrication lab immediately following.

Laser Cut Template:
The templates provide a pre-defined bounding box that matches the laser cutter bed dimensions (18” x 32”). You can copy the bounding box as many times as you want in the same file; this way you won’t need to have multiple files. The template provides layer colors pre-set for cut, score, fold and skip (the score color will occur before cut).

Download Template File

Blue: Exterior Cut
Yellow: Interior Cut
Green: Deep Engrave
Red: Light Engrave

Acceptable Materials: – Chipboard: Max 1/8” (with charred edges) – Museum Board: Max 1/8” – Illustrator Board: Max 1/8” – Corrugated Cardboard: Max 1/8” – Basswood: Max ¼” (with charred edges) – Plexiglass: Max ¼” – Acrylic: Max ¼” – MDF: Max 1/8” – Taskboard: Max 1/8”

Prohibited Materials: – Lexan – PVC – Styrene – Polyesters – PET films – Polypropylene – Vinyl – Glass – Metal – And and materials not listed in the approved list of acceptable materials.

  • MDF Sheets: We sell 16"x32" sheets of 1/8" raw MDF for $1 per sheet. MDF is a great material to run test cuts on as it is affordable and cuts well. Please note that our MDF sheets are 16"x32" and NOT 18"x32". Some charring may occur so suggest that you do not use MDF for final models. 

TipsSave time and headaches by running the OVERKILL command on your DWG file before laser cutting. This will remove duplicate lines and combine line and arc segments that overlap. If your file has lines on top of lines, it can result in a much slower cutting time, or excessive charring of the edges. From the AutoCAD command line, type overkill, or from the menus, click Express, Modify, Delete Duplicate. Don’t save over your original file in case something goes wrong.

Before Submitting Files for Laser Cutting:

1. Make sure you are using the Autocad DWG template

2. Check layers and TURN OFF the cut, score and fold layers. All objects should DISAPPEAR in the template. If not, there is a mistake in the layers and you will want to fix it.

3. Once the layers are correct, the file can be PURGED (purge) of all excess layers. The ONLY layers should be the ones that come with the template. Erase EVERYTHING outside of the templates. All layers should be BY LAYER.

4. Explode and OVERKILL the drawing. This will clean up the drawing and save time.

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