Laser Cutter - Equipment at MADE Makerspace in St. Louis
24”w x 18”l x 10”h
Typically Cuts Through up to 1/4" in Soft Material
Basics of Laser Cutting, Expert Check-off: Laser Cutting
CNC, Finishing, Woodshop, Plastics
Plastics, Textiles, Wood, Metal, Glass
$5 / hour

MADE’s laser cutter utilizes laser cutting, a precise method of cutting or etching a design in a given material using a CAD file to guide it. As the laser beam travels along the material, everything in its direct path is vaporized, burned or melted. This tool is great for creating high quality, dimensionally accurate cuts, and also for making multiples. There are many different types and sizes of lasers available, from hobbyist desktop models to massive industrial versions, that can cut and/or mark a wide variety of materials. Some common materials include wood, acrylic, leather, paper, fabric, cork, and glass.

The laser cutter at MADE is one of our most popular tools, probably because it’s so easy to use! Our computers have CorelDraw, a vector design software, installed on them. From CorelDraw you can ‘print’ to our lasers with your color-coded design. Red lines cut, blue lines engrave, and black and white images are raster etched.  It’s that easy!

Members use MADE’s lasers for a ton of different projects. Laser-etched photos onto glassware, cut wooden sculptures, trivets, and coasters, leather jewelry and acrylic art. With our rotary tool, or 4th axis, you can etch onto glassware and round objects. This is great for customizing powder-coated tumblers (Like Yeti mugs), creating one-of-a-kind designs on wine glasses, and fabricating commemorative glassware.

Interested in starting your next laser project? Sign up for training to get started! Learn more about training, and book your class here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the kerf?

The kerf on the laser cutter is .006".

Can the laser cutter cut through vinyl or PVC?

No, anything with vinyl in it will create toxic fumes.

View machine packet here


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