Overview

Hacker Lab's lasercutters are among the most used pieces of equipment in the makerspace. They are fairly easy to operate and allot users to prototype designs, create art, and much more.

This is our Laser Cutter safety and basic use class. It is designed to cover the safe operation of the lasers, Hacker Lab's policy's regarding laser cutter use, and walk students through the lasercutting toolpath.

Please note: this class does not cover design creation. If you have no vector design experience (typically Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, Inkscape, AutoCAD, or similar) we highly suggest you take our Vector Design for Laser and Vinyl Cutting class in addition to this one.

Please note: The Rocklin version of this class is taught on the Universal 60W laser which has significantly different control software from our other LaserCAD based lasers. If you'd like to learn how to use the LaserCAD based lasers, please take the Sacramento or Rancho Cordova version of this class.

We'll Cover:

  • Laser cutting in practice
  • High-level overview of design software
  • Vector versus raster files and why it matters
  • Laser cutter design considerations
  • Student design process
  • Review errors and ways to prevent them
  • Laser Safety, Rules, and Guidelines
  • Introduction to components of the laser cutter
  • Overview of materials
  • Preparing the machine for operation
  • Safety, rules, and guidelines review
  • Positioning the laser and workpiece
  • Navigating the laser cutter's UI software
  • Begin cutting
  • Post-cut cleaning
  • Finishing techniques for wood pieces

Equipment Covered

  • Universal Laser Cutter - ROC

Important Information

It is strongly recommended that attendees take our Intro to Design for Laser Cutting class OR have experience in using vector design software (AI, CorelDraw, CAD, Inkscape, etc.) prior to taking this class as it does NOT cover design in detail.

Please note: The Rocklin version of this class is taught on the Universal 60W laser which has significantly different control software from our other LaserCAD based lasers. If you'd like to learn how to use the LaserCAD based lasers, please take the Sacramento or Rancho Cordova version of this class.

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Laser Cutter - Operation and Basic Use - ROCCNC002
HackerLab Rocklin 4415 Granite Dr. Ste. 200 Rocklin, CA 95677 Map
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