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Laser!

The laser is a 60W laser cutter/engraver. It has a 18″ x 24″ table (or rotary attachment), and will cut paper, wood, acrylic, rubber, and similar materials. It will etch on these materials, as well as aluminum and glass.

Laser Class

There is a laser training class offered once a month; this class is mandatory before a person can use the laser.

The class covers the steps for using the laser, from creating an image in the proper format to correct and safe operation of the laser itself. Participants etch their own class completion certificates, which we keep at Site 3 as the way to know who is allowed to use the laser. Participants also get to do a cut/etch job of their own design to take home.

For more information and registration, check upcoming classes on the right, or ask @site3colab on twitter or post on the facebook group.

Pricing

The laser training class is $75, and laser operation is $1.50/minute. Having a trained operator run a job for you is $50/hour plus laser time.

Laser use for members is free.

What Materials Are OK?

YES:

  • Natural fibres including wood, paper, cotton, leather, latex, stone, tile, glass etc.
  • Acrylic (Plexiglas). Specifically acrylic.
  • Cotton-poly although it’s super stank. Not as stank as latex.
  • Polyester seems likely – please update if not

NO:

  • ABS or PVC plastics
  • Lexan (polycarbonate) or generic-brand lexan
  • Vinyl, which is covered under PVC but includes things like records
  • Neoprene
  • Teflon
  • anything you would not burn directly in an open fireplace

Not sure what kind of plastic/polymer you have?

Take a look at
NYC Resistor’s post on identifying polymers with burnination

And more specifically, the important distinction between acrylic (OK) and lexan (NOT OK)

Image Formats

  • Adobe Illustrator (.ai)
  • SVG
  • Bitmap 1-bit B&W at 600dpi
  • Community Usage

    Laser use is by appointment, or during the open house nights on Thursday.