Last modified 01/25/2015
The laser cutter is a machine that takes 2D vector files or picture files and uses a high power laser to cut through, or etch into, a wide variety of materials based on a user's design. It's used to cut materials into precise shapes or detailed designs and it's useful for quickly prototyping ideas or applying a finishing touch to a project.
- The laser can cut materials into shapes that would be difficult to cut by hand or with the power tools.
- It can etch images into materials.
- This makes it a great tool for quickly prototyping designs and smaller scale mechanisms.
- Some materials cannot be cut on the laser due to their toxicity when burned. Look at the list of useable materials before designing for the laser cutter.
- Always consult the 50 Watt laser's approved materials and settings list when using this laser cutter.
- DO NOT WALK AWAY FROM THE LASER WHEN IT IS ON. IT IS A FIRE HAZARD.
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- The laser must be ventilated when in use. Always turn on the Filter and the Air pump before starting a cut.
- The 50 Watt Laser has a maximum bed size of 24 inches x 12 inches.
- It can vector cut through materials as thick as 3/8 of an inch.
- It can can raster etch materials up to 8 inches thick.
AVOID FIRE & HEALTH HAZARDS:
- Do not attempt to vector cut thicker materials
- Never cut unapproved materials on the laser.
- Never walk away from the laser when it is cutting or etching.
- To successfully run a job on the Laser you must:
All approved materials and there setting for the 50 Watt machine can be found on this materials list.
Tutorial on setting up your file at ITP. Here is a guide to cutting various plastics, and the results which happen with each type of plastic.