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Contents

Operators

Operator Name Trained By
AB Garcia Owns the laser
Nate Bezanson AB
Dustin White AB
Brian Wennberg AB
Matt Arnold NateB and Dustin
Dave Worsey (pending) NateB and ???
Rocco ? Fill me in!
Brad Dahlhofer Dustin W/Nate B

Materials

The laser cutter can cut or etch a wide variety of materials.  However some are not possible to cut with our current set-up, and other materials are dangerous - they release fumes that damage humans or the laser cutter itself.

The laser can only etch some materials; it will not be able to cut through them.  See the materials list for more.

The key thing is not to try to cut:

  1. Any metals
  2. Any materials that contain glue (such as plywood)
  3. Any plastics or other materials that contain chlorine or vinyl


Seriously, do not cut any of the banned materials.

You are responsible for knowing exactly what your material is before you try to cut it.

Do not cut any materials marked as BANNED in the list below.  You would be liable for expensive damage to the machine or worse - you may release toxic fumes that could easily harm or kill! 

Materials List

Material Cut? Etch? Power Speed
Acrylic Yes Yes

Glass No
Yes


Coated Metals No
Yes


Ceramic No
Yes


Cloth
Yes
Yes


Delrin Yes
Yes


Leather Yes
Yes


BANNED - Lexan No No
BANNED - Human flesh (yes, this has come up) No No
Marble No
Yes


Matte Board Yes
Yes


Melamine Yes
Yes


Model Foam
Yes
Yes


Paper
Yes
Yes


Plexiglass Yes Yes
Mylar
Yes
Yes


Painted Metals
No
Yes


BANNED - Particle board
No
No


BANNED - Plywood
No
No


BANNED - Polycarbonate plastics of any kind
No
No


BANNED - PVC of any kind
No
No


Rubber
Yes
Yes


Tile
No
Yes


Wood, veneer
Yes
Yes


Wood, natural
Yes
Yes


Cutting Parts on the Laser Cutter

When cutting parts on the laser, you will use the software to set the cutting speed and power.  If we have cut the material you are using before, you can refer to the power and speed recommendations in the table above.  Otherwise - experiment!  Bring some scrap material to do test cuts on until you find a cut you are satisfied with.  After that, record your power and speed settings in the table above.

In general:

  • Lower speeds allow for lower cutting power, which saves life on the laser tube.
  • Lower speeds cut a wider "kerf" (thickness of cut) through the material.
  • At higher speeds the cut is faster but requires higher power, which uses up the laser tube faster.
  • High power on wood and paper may cause some discoloration near the cuts (browning color from burned material).