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Note: Students are not permitted to operate the School laser cutters, workshop supervisors will operate the machinery for you and charges apply per minute.
The School's laser cutters work like printers and the preferred programs used to operate the laser cutters are – Autocad, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Please refer to the guides below on how best to set up for laser cutting and engraving. Further inquiries should be made to the workshop on ph: 5227 8357.
Please note the workshop can be very busy at lecturer times and when there are set class projects.
Make a booking using the laser cutter booking form.
There are different ways of cutting and engraving, below is the description and the colours needed to set up the laser note the colours need to be true colours.
|Cutting Type||Colour required||Description|
|Vector Cutting||Magenta||Laser will cut all the way through the material.|
|Vector Engraving||Green||The Laser, by reducing power and speed settings, will only mark, lines, circles and outline printing.|
|Raster Engraving||Red||Hatched printing, photographs and designs.|
The following is a guide on how far apart lines can be before material distorts during vector cutting:
|Material||Space required between lines|
|1mm Straw Board||0.5mm|
|1mm and 2mm Balsa Wood||0.75mm|
|2.5mm to 5mm Balsa Wood||1mm|
|5.5mm to 9mm Balsa Wood||5mm|
Students can supply their own materials for use on the laser cutter but there are a number of materials available for purchased from the workshop. Check with the workshop prior to starting your model to find out if your material is appropriate. The materials stocked by the workshop are purchased from one supplier with a consistent moisture content, these materials do not require test trials. When supplying your own materials please bring an additional piece 100mm x 200mm to allow the operator to do test cuts before cutting your model. 1mm straw board is the most economical material to build models. Note: plastics cannot be cut as the gas released is toxic.
Materials for laser cutting
In addition to the above materials the following materials can be used for engraving or rastering
Materials available for purchase from the workshop
Materials for reuse
After major clean ups some materials are suitable for reuse. Always check the Model Assembly Area, as this is where it is stored. There is no charge for this material.