The laser cutter is a fantastic and easy to learn tool for 2D digital fabrication. As its name implies, it uses a focused beam of energy to cut and engrave materials. Paper, cardboard, acrylic, and most woods can be used with our cutter and lend a professional feel to your prototypes. Unlike 3D printers, the laser cutter can process jobs much faster, making it an ideal choice for your rapid prototyping needs.
1. Get Trained
In this one hour training session, you'll learn how to use the laser cutter and to do it safely. We'll also teach you how to create and prepare your files. Upon completion, you can start booking time slots on the machine whenever you like.
2. Book a Time Slot
Time slots are one hour long and be made reserved once per day. Take into consideration that etching can take significantly longer than cutting. Speak with our technicians about optimizing your file.
3. Share Your Work
We're always on the lookout for inspiring projects. If you've made something neat using the cutter, consider sharing it with everyone in our Slack group.
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We provide acrylic, plywood, and cardboard sheets free of charge. You're also welcome to bring your own materials for cutting, but there are limitations. Some materials can damage the machine or produce dangerous corrosive fumes. Consult this table before making a purchase and always speak with a StudioLab Technician before cutting.
|Matte Board||Mirrored Surfaces|
Software and File Types
The laser cutter can print from PDF, DXF, SVG, and AI file types. We recommend using Adobe Illustrator to create designs and saving them as AI or SVG. Other software can be used with the laser cutter, but our staff has only been trained to support these standards.
|Adobe Illustrator||Fusion 360|