Laser Cutting

Laser Cutting

This section is maintained by Alexander Cua.

Schedule on FabMan before use

Book your usage on Fabman. Other members need to know.

Lightburn Software

This machine has been upgraded and no longer uses the outdated Retina Engrave software.
We have a Macbook running Lightburn beside the machine but if you prefer to have your own copy, Makerspace members can get up to 70% off.
Go to File - Import Prefs to load the latest Lightburn preferences. Always check this page to update your your software with the latest settings.
Lightburn Preferences

Starting the Laser

  • Use the power strip as the main power switch.
  • Chiller must be running laser equipment is on. Chiller water must be flowing through the laser tube.
  • Remove grate and clean up any debris from previous operation.
  • Check lenses and mirrors and make sure they are clean.
  • Check that exhaust fan is working.
  • Check that air pump is working.

Using the Laser

  • Make sure the item you want to cut and engrave is in the approved material list.
  • Lay material flat on the grate and use the focusing billet to set the correct distance between your work piece and the laser cone.
Last modified 11mo ago