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Science Library Makerspace: Laser Cutter

Laser Cutter

P-Series Full Spectrum 24" x 18" Laser

  • Pro Series User Manual
  • Working area: 24" x 18" x 12" (610 mm x 457 mm x 215.9 mm)
  • Laser type: Sealed CO2 laser tube
  • Laser power: 90 Watts
  • Works directly with programs that print
    • Vector (cutting) files: .svg and .ai
    • Raster (engraving) files: .pdf, .jpg, .png
    • Design in Inkscape or Adobe Illustrator
  • Controlling Software: RetinaEngrave 3D Software Manual
  • Able to vector (cut) 1/2" thick wood and acrylics
  • Z axis may be lowered to accommodate objects 12" high
  • Motorized Z table, autofocus sensor, and beam combiner with visible red laser pointer
  • Acceptable materials: natural wood (avoid oily, resinous and plywoods), leather, fabric, heavy card stock, cork, acrylic/lucite/plexiglass/PMMA
  • Not Allowed: Plastics containing vinyl (PVC, PVF, PVA), see complete list of plastics not allowed, pressure-treated wood, pallet wood, any materials without safety information

Vector and Image Resources

Laser Cutter Video Tutorials

Lynda.com allows free access to its vast library of video tutorials for all UGA students, faculty, and staff. Its video tutorials are designed for all skill levels and can be viewed at increments of just a few minutes to allow you flexibility to learn the skills at your own pace. The Science Library Makerspace utilizes video tutorials and Library resources. To create a Lynda.com account and be able to view the tutorials below, and others, please visit: http://eits.uga.edu/learning_and_training/lynda.

Access and Use of the Laser Cutter

The laser cutter is used for educational, non-commercial purposes and may be used by request and with the supervision of trained Makerspace staff. Staff do not create laser cut works for users, but are available for technical support. The laser cutter is available by appointment. Please email makerspace@uga.edu to set up an appointment to use the laser cutter.  

Users will need to supply and bring their own materials. Suggested substances include natural woods, leather, fabrics, heavy cardstock, and acrylics meant for use with laser cutters. Not all plastics are laser cutter-friendly. You must provide Makerspace staff with documented evidence that your material is safe for use with a laser cutter. If you cannot, it will be assumed that it is unsafe and won't be used in the laser cutter. Plastics containing vinyl (PVC, PVF, PVA) and pressure-treated wood are not allowed for use in the laser cutter due to inhalation hazards when cutting these materials. Please read the Plastics Not Allowed in Laser Cutter PDF for a full list of plastics we do not cut. The Makerspace keeps some scrap material, but does not provide materials. Users are required to stay for the entire duration of their job.

Patrons using the laser cutter will need to provide a graphics file. The laser cutter is compatible with most common graphics file formats. For vectoring (cutting) .ai and .svg files are preferred. For rastering (engraving) .jpg, .png, .pdf may be used. Makerspace staff are able to perform limited graphics editing on site. To get the best quality out of our equipment, prepare your files for use in advance. 

All users agree to respect the health and safety of the University community and abide by all applicable laws, University policiesLibraries' policies, and the Student Code of Conduct. Additionally, The University of Georgia abides by the copyright laws of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). These laws govern photocopying or creating other reproductions of copyrighted materials. All users of Makerspace equipment must abide by copyright laws. More information concerning copyright may be found at the University's Office of Legal Affairs.

Cost 

There is no charge to use the laser cutter.