Introduction to the Laser Cutter

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This 7-week workshop introduces students to the laser cutter, a CNC machine that uses a laser to cut and engrave materials. It is the ideal tool for aspiring entrepreneurs to develop their ideas and inventions. A variety of processes will be explored including methods to manipulate 2D shapes into 3D forms, generate prototypes and develop a limited production run. New techniques will be introduced each week and reinforced with short in-class project exercises. There will also be ample time and support to work on personal projects. Maximum of 6 students.

Early classes will focus more on lecturing and examples, while later classes will be more about students executing their own projects. There will be some extra time between classes to work on projects.

Supplies required: A computer with Inkscape (freeware), Adobe Illustrator, or Coreldraw installed. Various materials that can be laser cut; we will go over potential materials during the first week.

Class Schedule:

  • Week 1 – Introduction to the laser cutter. Safety, operation, examples. Cutting and Engraving examples: basic shapes and t-slot box. Photos and piece marking.
  • Week 2 – Inlays. Combination engraving and cutting. Extra time for previous project too.
  • Week 3 – Stacking and T-Slots. Laser cutting layers and guide holes. Use Rhino to make a t-slotted model and fit together.
  • Week 4 – Peripherals – Stamps, 3D mode, and Rotary Engraver. Introduction of personal project.
  • Week 5 – Personal Project Time.
  • Week 6 – Personal Project Time.
  • Week 7 – Personal Project Presentations.

Dates: Not currently scheduled


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Concord, NH 03301-7412
(603) 230-4022
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