Laser & Water-Jet Cutting

Welcome to DU2D Cut Lab! Laser and 5-axis Water Jet Cutting. DU2D Cut Lab provides access to the world class cutting technologies for complex shapes for any material in product realisation, for students, industry and the wider Deakin University community.

Whether you want to learn the technology and methods yourself, or need some additional expertise on your next project, we are here to help.

Spaces and open times

The Heavy Manufacturing Lab KE1.223 is open from 9am – 4pm weekdays.

These laboratory spaces contain a number of different pieces of equipment as outlined below. Usage of all equipment must be approved by a technical staff member, and appropriate inductions, training and project safety assessment completed.

  • Laser Cutters
  • Water-Jet Cutter
  • Horizontal Band Saw
  • Vertical Band Saw
  • Lathe

For laser cutting jobs please email files with as a .dxf to sebe-eng-laser@deakin.edu.au

Access the lab

To obtain access to the lab and its equipment – please refer to Commencing a Project

You must have completed the following prior to using the laboratories.

Equipment Information and Resources

Laser and cutting technical team

Laser and Cutting Team

Phil Todd
Technical Officer
03 5227 3088
philip.todd@deakin.edu.au

Rod Seiffert
Senior Technical Officer
KE1.223
03 5227 1264
rodney.seiffert@deakin.edu.au

Laser cutter

Trotec Speedy 500 Laser Cutter

Operation Adobe Illustrator is the program used to operate the Trotec laser.
Materials / Sizes

Acrylic sheet up to 12mm thick any colour can be cut or etched.

Other materials on Technician approval (OH&S)

Available sizes in workshop 3mm & 6mm clear acrylic other sizes and colours can be ordered on request.
CAD file type

To be saved in .DXF 2007 format (example below):

CAD file type saving example

Or an Adobe Illustrator drawing file can be used.

  • Ensure units/dimensions are in mm.
  • Set cut lines to RED (RGB255) set etch lines to BLACK (RGB-0)
  • Ensure there are no double lines.
  • Convert the lines to polylines and join them.
To cut files Send files to sebe-eng-laser@deakin.edu.au
Induction/Training By appointment with Workshop Technicians
Manufacturer videoTrotec Speedy 500 - Large Format Laser Cutter and Engraver

Omax Waterjet

OMAX Waterjet 55100

Description

The OMAX Waterjet with A-JET 5 Axis Head

  • Cut almost any material wood, all types of metal, carbon fibre, plastic.
  • Thickness of material up to 200mm.
  • Operates with high pressure water and garnet.
  • Only trained STAFF can use this machine.
  • Maximum sheet size to fit table 1200mm x 1200mm sheets.
Operation file type

Any .DXF, Illustrator file can be used to operate OMAX software.

To cut files

Send files to sebe-eng-laser@deakin.edu.au or come and see Workshop Technicians for any advice on this machine.

Material stock

For student projects - we stock steel and aluminium size range 1mm to 8mm. Can order on request.

Cutting tolerance

Machine accuracy is up to (plus or minus 0.1mm) not for high tolerance work.

Manufacturer linkOMAX

Milling Machine

Milling machine

Description

Milling Machine is manually operated used for cutting/drilling metal and plastic using various cutting tools.

  • Fitted with Digital Read-out for accuracy.
  • Only trained staff and students can use this machine.
  • See Workshop Technicians for more information and training.
Table size

X 910mm, Y 400mm, Z 415mm,

Drilling Machine

Milling machine

Description

Drilling Machine is manually operated used for drilling metal, wood, plastic

  • Drill sizes from 1mm to  30mm
  • Only trained staff and students can use this machine.
  • See Workshop Technicians for more information and training.
Table size

400mm x 400mm x 600 mm height

Centre Lathe

Centre Lathe (Metal Cutting)

Description

The Metal Cutting Lathe is manually operated used for cutting/drilling metal and plastic using various cutting tools.

  • Fitted with Digital Read-out for accuracy.
  • Only trained staff and students can use this machine.
  • See Workshop Technicians for more information and training.
Machine size

Chuck 3jaw 200mm

Chuck 4 Jaw 250mm

Spindle Bore 52mm

Swing 410mm x 1000mm

Tailstock No 4 Morse taper

Bandsaw

Bandsaw Vertical and Horizontal

Description

Bandsaws are manually operated used for cutting Metal, Wood, plastic.

  • For cutting off pieces from large pieces of material
  • Only trained staff and students can use these machines.
  • See Workshop Technicians for more information and training.
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