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Laser Cutters

Our laser cutters are capable of engraving and cutting a variety of materials including chipboard, cardboard, paper, mat board, acrylic sheet, solid wood and plywood.    These machines come in a variety of sizes and strengths, depending upon the scale and materials of the desired operations. There are three laser cutters in the dFab studio. There is also a laser cutter in the Model Shop in 15/15.  

Laser Cutter Specs

Trotec Speedy 300
The Trotec is a 150 Watt laser cutter capable of cutting 1/2" acrylic in a single pass. Files are send to a job control software from Illustrator, Rhino, Corel Draw, or other applications. The job control software stores and applies material setting and send the file to the laser cutter.

Maximum cutting area: 29" x 17"
Maximum height of material: 6 1/4"
Cutting depth: 1/2"

Trotec Speedy 300

The Trotec is a 150 Watt laser cutter capable of cutting 1/2" acrylic in a single pass.  Files are send to a job control software from Illustrator, Rhino, Corel Draw, or other applications.  The job control software stores and applies material setting and send the file to the laser cutter.

Maximum cutting area: 29" x 17"
Maximum height of material: 6 1/4"
Cutting depth: 1/2" 

Accuris

The Accuris is a 60 Watt laser cutter capable of cutting materials up to 1/4".  Materials that are more dense must be thiner than 3/16" thick if you wish to cut through.  

Maximum cutting area: 25.98" x 19.48"
Largest size able to be fit in machine: 28" x 24"
Maximum height of material: 8 3/4"
Best case cutting depth 1/4"

Mercury

The Mercury laser cutter is located in the Model Shop in 15/15, and will be available to students who have been trained in-class to use the laser cutter.  See Model Shop page for more info on hours.

The Mercury is a 30 Watt laser cutter this is good for etching and is capable of cutting materials up to 1/8".  Files are sent to the laser cutter from Corel Draw.
Maximum cutting area: 25" x 18"
Largest size able to be fit in machine: 29" x 22"
Maximum height of material: 6 1/4"
Best case cutting depth: 3/16"
Lathe attachment for engraving the surface of cylindrical objects

Access

Students wishing to use the laser cutters must first familiarize themselves with the material in this document.  Access is limited to the staffed "laser cutter hours" posted on the main page of the dFab site, and is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  The dFab studio is an active learning and making environment. There is great value in executing every step yourself, and we expect that you will come here with a desire to learn.  The role of the technicians is to answer your questions rather than actually perform the work for you.

Faculty wishing to use the laser cutters in their curriculum should contact the Digital Fabrication Studios Manager, schedule a class visit to the dFab studio, and provide the students with the training and resources needed to use the machines and facility effeciently.