Laser cutting and engraving is a precise method of cutting a design into a variety of materials, using a computer-aided design (CAD) file as the guide.
The Lab has:
- 2 Trotec Speedy 300 80w Laser Engraver/Cutters
Laser cutters are available on a first-come, first-served basis or may be reserved for up to 2 hours per day, 4 hours per week. Only one machine may be reserved at a time.
What kinds of materials can I cut/engrave?
What kinds of designs can I engrave/cut?
It is possible to achieve a really fine level of detail with a variety of materials. Pictures don't work well on glass, but letters and logos are a great choice.
How do I make a file for laser cutting?
There are various sources on the web to download cutting projects, such as Vecteezy and Thingiverse. To make your own file for cutting, we recommend vector graphic software such as CorelDraw or Adobe Illustrator. Save the file in a format such as .svg. Please note: Inkscape, free software, is not recommended by library staff. If you choose to use Inkscape, please consider these tips.
How do I prepare the file?
All the engraving areas need to be in black, not grayscale, and the cut lines in red with a hairline width. At the Lab, your file will be loaded in CorelDraw to print on the laser cutter.
How big can my design be?
The Lab laser cutter can engrave and cut designs up to 17" x 29".
Can you help me design my project?
Staff is available to get you started, but the Makerspace is a DIY area providing the tools and equipment for you to use and experiment. Look for classes in the library events catalog on laser engraving and using software to design a project.