How To Prepare
You will need your material and a digital file(s).
You must provide your own materials. The material must be cut to 17 ¾” x 31 ¾”. You must verify your material is cut to the correct size by using the available template. Any size larger than this will not lay flat on the laser bed and will not cut correctly.
Bring your materials and files on a USB drive to d[fab]lab and a technician will assist you with the laser cutters. The laser cutters are operated on a first come first served basis. You have a 1 hour time limit on the Laser Cutter.
Laser Cutter Template
All work must be saved as Rhino (.3dm) or AutoCAD (.dwg) format using the above template.
There are four layers required – your file should not contain any additional layers:
All pieces will be sent to the laser at the scale of 1:1. Your file should be prepared at actual size of your model part.
The file name should contain your last name, the material type, and the material thickness.
The template provides a predefined bounding box that matches the laser cutter bed dimensions and includes a ¼” border which is a no cut area. If you cannot see the lines, change the background color to white. Save a separate file for each type of material.
The lasers are unable to read text objects. You must explode your text into lines. Stencil fonts are freely available online.
The current catalog of acceptable materials is available here.
There is a recommended piece size of ¼” X ¼”, smaller than this size may fall through the honeycomb or be sucked in the exhaust vent. Technicians are not responsible to monitor pieces that may be affected this way.
Lexan, PVC, styrene, polycarbonate, vinyl, glass, foam core, metal, and any material not listed in the material catalog. Prohibited materials could melt on the laser bed, catch on fire or release toxic gas which could damage the machine.