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What laser system do you use?
Our laser cutters are manufactured by Universal Laser Systems. Our two smaller cutters use 50-watt CO2 lasers and our large cutter uses a 60-watt CO2 laser.
How big are the laser cutter beds?
12”x24”, 18”x24”, and 18”x32”
What file types do you take?
We prefer .eps, .pdf, and .dxf files, though if needed we can work from a range of raster-based file formats for etching/engraving and vector-based file formats for etching/engraving and cutting.
What kinds of materials can you laser cut?
We can cut or engrave wood, plastic, paper, cardboard, fabric, leather, and matboard. We can mark or etch (but not cut or engrave) most metals, glass, and stone.
Do you stock materials?
We stock ⅛” and ¼” Baltic Birch plywood and ⅛” and ¼” clear acrylic. We’re happy to assist you if you require different types or thicknesses of plywood or acrylic. We also stock a range of colors in PLA plastic, black, white and clear resin, and a range of vinyl colors. Materials from all machines are available for sale in-house. Any color, thickness or material that we do not have, we are happy to order for you from our suppliers.
What kinds of materials are unsafe to cut?
Synthetic materials with chlorine or styrene release very toxic fumes. Such materials include PVC, vinyl (e.g. records, stickers, imitation leather), styrene plastic, and most styrofoam and foam core.
Though we can safely work with a variety of plastics, we only recommend acrylic as it cuts cleanly and consistently. If you need to work with a different type of plastic, feel free to send us the product’s Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) and we’ll let you know if it’s safe to work with.
What is the thickness of the laser beam / other tolerances of the laser machines?
Our laser kerf (the amount that’s removed by the laser beam) is typically around 0.01”, though this will vary depending on the type and thickness of material being used and the specific laser settings used for cutting. We recommend cutting a sample piece with known dimensions from your intended material at your intended settings in order to measure more precisely the laser kerf for your given application.
What 3D printers do you use?
We have a Form1 stereolithography printer, a Form1+, two Flashforge extrusion printers, and one hacked open-source large-format extrusion printer.
What materials can I 3D print with?
Formlabs: Currently we can print with clear, gray, and white photo-sensitive resins. See http://formlabs.com/products/material for more information.
Extrusion: We currently stock a range of colors in PLA plastic. We are also able to order ABS and other compatible filaments.
What are the dimensions of the 3D printer beds?
Formlabs: 125 x 125 x 165 mm
Flashforge: 225 x 145 x 150 mm
What resolutions can I 3D print at?
Our printers can print with layer thicknesses of 0.2mm, 0.1mm, 0.05mm, and 0.025mm
What file types do you take?
Our printers only accept the .stl file format, though we can convert other file types for you for an additional charge.
How long will it take to complete my order?
Our standard turnaround time is 3 days, although we offer rush turnaround for a charge. For large-scale projects, turnaround time is estimated during your initial consultation.
Can I schedule a private event?
Of course! We would be happy to schedule:
A private or corporate workshop
Usage of our space for a fee
A non-profit event
any other event that you could think of!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
How can I sign up for classes?
What do the trainings involve?
During a training, you will be taught how to use your machine of choice. This training involves learning the technical aspects of using the machinery and associated software, in addition to safety training. You will not be taught how to design during a machine training. The best way to find design training is through one of our free design trainings (comes with membership) or through a workshop.
What are the benefits of a membership?
Please see our memberships page for detailed information about our different kinds of memberships and their benefits.
What types of machines do you have?
Please see our machinery page for more information about our machines.