Cutting Edge Lasers

A laser cutter glides through sheet metal cutting many copies of a small component
Power and precision!

The laser cutter is probably the most versatile and convenient tool available for any  makerspace. What Is A Laser Cutter?  A laser is a beam of amplified light capable of melting or vaporizing materials to mark them with designs or cut pieces out of materials.

The word LASER is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. This means that molecules of a gas, such as carbon dioxide in the case of CO2 lasers, are electronically stimulated and focused through a lens. The lens adjusts the beam to a pinpoint allowing it to cut through most types of non-metal materials like wood, fabric, and plastic. A computer program is used to make designs using raster or vector graphics to make the shapes. The laser is similar to an ordinary ink jet or laser printer and even has USB connectors like a printer does to attach them to the computer. You upload your graphic to the laser just as you would a printer, and the machine does the rest!

The laser unit has a table surface which supports the material while a mechanical "arm" moves the laser along the acrylic, leaving a thin and precise cut line. Almost any design that can be made in a computer art program can be cut with a laser cutter. The design layout can have many pieces on a sheet of material and all can be cut in one session. When cutting acrylic, the laser leaves an incredibly smooth and polished edge, producing the cleanest cuts for amazing design detail.

What are Makerspaces?

Makerspaces (also known as Hackerspaces, Creative Spaces, Fab Labs, Makelabs and in California - Makerhoods), according to Wikipedia,  are open community labs where members with common interests (e.g., engineering, computer programming, inventing, graphic design, etc.) gather to share resources, knowledge, career networking and build new devices.  Generally, makerspaces are designed to meet the following needs:

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