4th Floor Digital Fabrication Lab

ULS6.75 - (75watt) LASER

CO2 laser cutting is a widely used technology for cutting and engraving various materials. It utilizes a laser beam generated by a carbon dioxide (CO2) gas mixture to cut through or engrave materials with high precision. The process includes a computer numerical control (CNC) system to guide the beam along a desired vector path.


How it Operates:

CO2 lasers operate on the principle of stimulated emission of radiation. Electricity excites the CO2 gas mixture, prompting the emission of a laser beam. The beam is then directed through mirrors and lenses to focus it into a high-intensity, small spot.


Materials We Cut:

  • Paper: Ideal for intricate paper designs.
  • Wood: Used for assembling three dimensional planar models and structures.
  • Acrylic: Commonly employed in signs & displays..
  • Fabric: Suited for precision cutting of textiles.
  • [Explore our list of approved and banned materials HERE.]



  • Common applications include signage, 3D prototyping, architectural models, jewelry making, & textile cutting.


Safety Considerations:

  • Safety precautions are crucial during CO2 laser operation. Adequate ventilation is necessary to eliminate cutting process fumes.
  • Avoid direct eye exposure to the laser cutting area, as eye injuries can result from direct or reflected laser beams.


Reflective Surfaces:

  • Caution must be taken regarding reflective surfaces, as laser beams bouncing off them can pose hazards.
  • Ensure the work area is free of reflective materials to prevent redirecting the laser towards the eyes.
  • Reflective materials can damage laser optics and cause machine fires.


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