The laser cutter is a versatile tool that can cut, etch, and engrave a wide variety of materials including wood, cardboard, paper, leather, and even acrylic. In this orientation, you will learn the basics of how a laser cutter works, and how to prepare a digital design for cutting. You will use RetinaEngrave software to control the laser cutter, and you will have the chance to create and cut a small design of your own! Some knowledge of 2D vector design or CAD (computer-aided design) software is helpful, but not necessary for this course.
Please note, due to COVID-19, the following measures are now in place for this class:
Everyone must wash their hands upon entering the building.
Non-medical masks must be worn for the duration of the class. Everyone will be required to bring their own masks.
Nitrile gloves will be provided and must be worn for the duration of the class
Bleach and paper towels will be available to sanitize tools if extra sanitization is needed.
Everyone must practice physical distancing and stay 6’ apart during the class when possible.
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PrerequisitesRequired: noneRecommended: Experience with 2D Vector Design, or 2D Vector Design 101 (Inkscape)
Equipment AccessLaser CutterFAQ
Is there an age limit to enter the event?The minimum age for participants is 13 years old with a guardian or 18 otherwise.
What are my parking options at MakerLabs?MakerLabs' parking lot is located on the east side of the building on the corner of Hawks Avenue and East Cordova Street.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?Please email us at aGVsbG8gfCBtYWtlcmxhYnMgISBjb20= with any questions or concerns.
Can I sign up for the member rate?If you sign up for a membership on the day of the class, you'll receive a refund for the difference between the general and membership class price.
How do I cancel or reschedule my class?Refunds (minus Eventbrite fees) or credit for future classes and orientations will only be provided if we are notified by email to aGVsbG8gfCBtYWtlcmxhYnMgISBjb20= at least 24 hours in advance of the class. For cancellation less than 24 hours before the class, we do not provide a refund but we do offer a 50% credit towards a future class or orientation. No refunds or credits will be provided for no shows.
What happens if I show up late?Please arrive 15 minutes before the schedule start of the class so that it can start on time. Attendees arriving more than 5 minutes late will not be allowed in the class.
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