Laser Cutting and Engraving

Upcoming events

    • 04 Dec 2014
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Laser Lab
    • 8

    This course introduces students to the 80 and 100 watt Hurricane laser cutters. Students will learn the principles of cutting and engraving via intense beams of laser light. A classroom session will cover software preparation using CorelDraw and discuss materials, thicknesses, speed and applied power. This will be followed by an instructor demonstration at the machine where students will learn how to operate the laser cutters.  

    Prerequisites: It is strongly recommended that students have a basic knowledge of how to create vector-based files (i.e- .ai, .eps, .dxf, .dwg, .cdr file extensions) before taking this class. If these file types are foreign to you, it is highly recommended that you attend the Intro to 2D Vector class before attending this class.

    **Closed-toe shoes are a requirement**

    • 05 Dec 2014
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom and laser lab
    • 8

    Personalize and laser cut/etch your very own unique holiday tree ornaments.  Using any of several templates, this course introduces students to a variety of modern fabrication techniques including two dimensional drawing with computer assistance and use of laser cutter/engravers.  Under the watchful eye of one of Santa’s elves, students will first customize an ornament template for family names and/or dates, then create a file to transfer the design to one of MakerPlace’s five laser cutter/engravers.  In the laser workshop, elves will assist students with cutting and engraving acrylic via intense beams of laser light.  All good little boys and girls will go home with at least one custom ornament.

    A $10 material fee covers each student's acrylic. 

    Prerequisites: No prior knowledge of neither laser operation nor 2D drawing is required for this course.  All materials, PCs, software and memory sticks are provided.  This course is not sufficient qualification for independent laser engraver/cutter use.  The Laser Operation and 2D drawing courses are recommended for further study.

    **Closed-toe shoes are a requirement**


    • 07 Dec 2014
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • MakerPlace classroom and laser lab
    • 3

    Personalize and deep etch your very own unique holiday plates perfect for serving holiday cookies and similar goodies or special gift giving. Using any of several templates, this course introduces students to a variety of modern fabrication techniques including two dimensional drawing with computer assistance, use of laser cutter/engravers and the sand blaster/etcher.  Under the watchful eye of one of Santa’s elves, students will first customize a holiday themed template design for family names and/or dates, and apply a mask to the selected plate.  In the laser workshop, elves will assist students with cutting the etching mask using intense beams of laser light.  Students will then take the masked plates to the sand blaster for deep etching the customized design into the plates.  All good little boys and girls will go home with at least one customized plate. 

    This class has a $10 material fee.

    Prerequisites: No prior knowledge of either laser operation or 2D drawing is required for this course.  All materials, PCs, software and memory sticks are provided.  This course is not sufficient qualification for independent laser engraver/cutter use.  The Laser Operation and 2D drawing courses are recommended for further study.

    **Closed-toe shoes are a requirement**

    • 14 Dec 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Wood Shop
    • 6

    Grand-Santas, parents, and older siblings will be interested in a quick course to build a personalized convertible step stool/chair for gifting to their little ones.  Personalized using one of MakerPlace’s high powered laser engraving tools, a step stool/chair will make a fine addition to a family legacy/tradition.  The chair/stool's hinged seat-back flips down vertically to serve as the bottom step in a child-sized step stool. Flip it back up, and it becomes a kid-friendly chair.  Perfect for kids' bathrooms, bedrooms and playrooms. Constructed from solid wood, it’s kid-tough and easy to clean and carry.

     This course will be led by one of Santa’s best wood working elves and features mostly precut parts (solid wood) but requires some cutting, drilling, sanding, assembly and, optionally, laser engraving of the recipient’s and/or  giver’s name followed by danish oil finish. Folded as a step stool, the dimensions are:  13.5"W x 12.5"D x 5.75"H. This course will serve as an introduction to many of the tools in the wood shop and use of the lasers.  However, this course does not qualify students for independent use of the lasers.

    A $25 material fee covers each students materials for the course.

    **Please wear short sleeved shirts, pants and closed toed shoes.  Shoulder length or longer hair should be worn up (bands are available at reception)**


    • 18 Dec 2014
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Laser Lab
    • 8

    This course introduces students to the 80 and 100 watt Hurricane laser cutters. Students will learn the principles of cutting and engraving via intense beams of laser light. A classroom session will cover software preparation using CorelDraw and discuss materials, thicknesses, speed and applied power. This will be followed by an instructor demonstration at the machine where students will learn how to operate the laser cutters.  

    Prerequisites: It is strongly recommended that students have a basic knowledge of how to create vector-based files (i.e- .ai, .eps, .dxf, .dwg, .cdr file extensions) before taking this class. If these file types are foreign to you, it is highly recommended that you attend the Intro to 2D Vector class before attending this class.

    **Closed-toe shoes are a requirement**

Past events

20 Nov 2014 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving
13 Nov 2014 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving
30 Oct 2014 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving
16 Oct 2014 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving
02 Oct 2014 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving
25 Sep 2014 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving
18 Sep 2014 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving
04 Sep 2014 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving
21 Aug 2014 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving
14 Aug 2014 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving
07 Aug 2014 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving
24 Jul 2014 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving
17 Jul 2014 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving
10 Jul 2014 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving
26 Jun 2014 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving
05 Jun 2014 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving
22 May 2014 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving
08 May 2014 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving
24 Apr 2014 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving
10 Apr 2014 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving
03 Apr 2014 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving
20 Mar 2014 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving
13 Mar 2014 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving
27 Feb 2014 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving
13 Feb 2014 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving
06 Feb 2014 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving
30 Jan 2014 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving
23 Jan 2014 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving
16 Jan 2014 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving
09 Jan 2014 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving
19 Dec 2013 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving
05 Dec 2013 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving
21 Nov 2013 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving
14 Nov 2013 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
07 Nov 2013 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
24 Oct 2013 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
10 Oct 2013 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
26 Sep 2013 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
12 Sep 2013 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
05 Sep 2013 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
29 Aug 2013 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
15 Aug 2013 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
01 Aug 2013 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
18 Jul 2013 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
11 Jul 2013 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
27 Jun 2013 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
20 Jun 2013 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
06 Jun 2013 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
30 May 2013 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
23 May 2013 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
09 May 2013 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
02 May 2013 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
18 Apr 2013 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
11 Apr 2013 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
28 Mar 2013 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
21 Mar 2013 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
14 Mar 2013 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
28 Feb 2013 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
21 Feb 2013 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
14 Feb 2013 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
31 Jan 2013 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
24 Jan 2013 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
17 Jan 2013 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
10 Jan 2013 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
03 Jan 2013 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
20 Dec 2012 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
06 Dec 2012 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
29 Nov 2012 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
16 Nov 2012 Focus Group: Laser Lab
15 Nov 2012 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
01 Nov 2012 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
25 Oct 2012 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
11 Oct 2012 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
20 Sep 2012 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
13 Sep 2012 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
30 Aug 2012 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
16 Aug 2012 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
02 Aug 2012 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
19 Jul 2012 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
05 Jul 2012 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
23 Jun 2012 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
21 Jun 2012 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
11 Jun 2012 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
07 Jun 2012 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
22 May 2012 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
12 May 2012 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
08 May 2012 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
28 Apr 2012 BOS - Intro to Laser Cutting and Engraving (LCE101)
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