Basic Safety Training

This training is required in order to use the laser

Due to Covid-19 complications, training is now hybrid remote/in-person. Process is:

Hybrid Training

About 90 minutes

  1. Go to "Online Training" below. Watch YouTube video, and as-instructed, download software and follow along.

  2. When done - contact instructor via slack or laser@makeitlabs.com You will be given a brief final project. Complete it and send back a screenshot of the project

  3. After completion of the project, you will complete another video on safety and laser operation.

  4. After watching the second video, contact trainer. You will then be allowed to set up one-one-one time with an instructor for final training and authorization.

In-Person Training

Summary: A short introduction to using the 80 Watt CNC Laser Cutter available in the lab.

Schedule: Classes will be held as demand dictates

Fee: Free for Pro, $20 for Hobbyist

Contact: Brad Goodman

Sign up for In-Person training on Eventbrite

Full Course Outline

Outline:

Safety

For You and the Laser

Material Selection

Types and thicknesses of materials that can be cut or engraved

What should never, EVER, be used in the laser

Testing materials

Using LaserCut 5.3

Creating Designs

Importing Designs

Setting Cut/Engrave Parameters

Uploading Jobs to the Laser

Setting up the Laser

Positioning the Work Piece

Setting Focus

Checking Project Dimensions

Verify Chiller, Blower, Exhaust

Cutting / Engraving

Flat Pieces

Using the Rotary Attachment

Maintenance

Cleaning the Lens and Mirrors

Video of Proper handling of a Laser Fire

https://youtu.be/Y_5pOOw0Vaw

Online Training

1. Before you start SEE HERE on how to download and install the software.

2. At the bottom of this page is the Person.dxf file I use in Part One of the video. Download it so you can import and play along with the video. (The SVG version is here to if you want to try short part I do in Inkscape, too).

3. Watch Video #1 (below) - Introduction to LaserCut

4. When you are done, contact RM for a short project. Upon completion of the project...

5. Watch Video #2

6. After completing Video #2, you can schedule an in-person check-out with the RM.