Laser Cut COVID-19 PPE/Instructions for inducted laser users

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Members that are inducted on the laser cutter can help with the manufacture of the Laser Cut Covid-19 face shields as follows:

Project details

Firstly, please familiarise yourself with the project by reading this wiki page LaserCutCOVID-19_PPE

Slack channel

Please join the #laser_cv19_shield channel in slack for coordination. If you are not on slack, you can join here: Nottinghack Slack.

Please use this channel to let others know when you are planning to go in, what quantity you've cut and what materials are still left.

Requesting access to the space

During the lockdown, you will need to request access from the trustees, before visiting the space. Please follow the process here: Coronavirus_guidelines

You can book a 2 hour slot on the laser as normal, but this is not necessary as the trustees are presently limiting access to one member at a time, so the laser will not be in use by anyone else.

RFID card for use on the laser

A RFID card for use on the laser when cutting parts for this project is located in the box marked "Covid-19 Volunteers". This box should be by the laser card reader. Please ensure the card is returned after use.

CV19 folder on desktop

CV19 folder on desktop


Our stock of Polypropylene sheets is on the cutting table in the Studio

Stock of polyproplene

Laser file

From within LaserCut53, select "File", "Open", then navigate to the Jarvis (J:\ shared drive), select folder "Covid19Shield", then file "[1050x750] Covid 19 Facemask.ecp"

Note Note: As of 6/4/20, the above file has not been tested. If all OK, please let Ian D know on slack. If there should be a problem, then please revert to using the "READYFORLASERCUT.ecp" located in the "COVID19PPE" folder on the desktop.

LaserCut53 view


After cutting you will find the parts have a white dusty deposit and possibly some soot (from the laser bed) on them. Use the anti-bacterial wipes to clean the parts. Please clean the parts thoroughly, but use the wipes sparingly as we have a limited supply at present.

Wipes, PVC sheets and hole punch


After cutting and cleaning, the parts can be assembled by following the process here: LaserCutCOVID-19_PPE

PVC sheets and a hole punch should be on the cutting table in the studio.

Please leave finished items in a box on the cutting table in the Studio with a note showing the quantity.

Once done, please also post an update in the #laser_cv19_shield channel on slack.