Laser cutter/Inductions

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Induction on the laser Cutter/Engraver

I will be conducting Induction Sessions on the new Laser Cutter Engraver at the Nottingham Hackspace (starting in September 2011).

These are one-on-one sessions. You may bring a small laser project if you wish though you must check that your materials are suitable for a laser cutting or etching. Otherwise we'll cut some paper/card/ply for you to show that you aren't going to destroy the laser or coat the mirrors in gunk. Inductions cost £20.

Initially the cost of using the laser will be a donation of £1 for 10 minutes (the rule of thumb here is time using the machine including the laptop NOT just cutting or etching time so ideally you'll prepare your files elsewhere).

Laser Costs

1 10 MINS £1
2 30 MINS £3
3 1 HOUR £6
4 A4 Ply £2+
5 PERSPEX Sheet email me

I will also be arranging an access diary for the laser and some simple rules of thumb. Shortly I will post online tutorials too.

Please use the donation box on the table next to the laser - NOTE: This money goes into the laser fund ONLY and not to the Hackspace.


If you have a small project in mind we can use it as part of the induction but please check the matterials you would like to etch or cut are suitable for the laser. The induction is partly about keep you and the others around you safe... but mostly about NOT BREAKING THE LASER!

The induction will include:

  • Setting up and Switching on safely (with out breaking it) so you

don't die

  • Testing alignment of the laser
  • Introduction to NewlyDraw software (this is the software that the

machine uses)

  • Setting up your XY axis, placing your work piece and checking the

draw frame

  • Etching
  • Cutting
  • How to convert an image file to dxf and import it into NewlyDraw
  • Shutting down and tidying up

Laser Induction Sign-Ups

# Name Paid When Complete
1 Spencer YES 10/10/11 YES
2 James H YES 28/09/2011 YES
3 David YES 2/10/2011 YES
4 Mouse YES 18/08/2012 (DH) YES
5 Suzanne NO TBA NO
6 AJ YES 3/10/2011 YES
7 Ben YES 10/10/11 YES
8 Tony YES 04/10/11 19:30 YES
9 Jake YES 05/10/11 YES
10 Joe YES 05/10/11 YES
11 RepRap Matt YES N/A YES
12 Chunky (Matt Little) YES 05/10/11 YES
13 Michael E YES 08/10/2011 YES
14 Sharpie YES TBA YES
15 James F YES Monday 3rd October, 1830 YES
16 Mark YES ? YES
17 Pip NO TBA NO
18 John YES Tuesday 4th October, 19:00 YES
19 Ross NO TBA NO
20 Kate YES 03/10/2011 YES
21 Nicola NO TBA NO
22 Gareth H NO TBA NO
23 Hayley YES TBA NO
24 Becky YES 10/10/11 YES
25 Matt P YES 03/11/11 YES
26 Andrew A NO TBA NO
27 Aran YES 22/12/2011 YES
28 Tom NO TBA NO
30 Liam Woodgates YES 2/5/12 (Matt Little) YES
31 Becky Evers YES 2/5/12 (Matt Little) YES
32 Mike Degg YES 2/5/12 (Matt Little) YES
33 Tom Gwynne YES (April the something) YES
34 Andy Thorpe YES 17:25, 18 May 2012 YES
35 Marcus NO TBA NO
36 Gillian YES TBA YES
37 Ric Briney YES TBA YES
38 Kai Pays yes TBA yes
39 Jo Embley yes Sometime in July (DH) yes
40 Steve Barnett yes 31/07/2012 (DH) yes
41 Marco yes 31/07/2012 (DH) yes
42 Wendy Gent yes 05/08/2012 (DH) yes
43 Sarah Cockman yes 07/08/2012 (DH) yes
44 Mark Phelan yes 18/09/2012 (MLi) yes
45 Lionel Goodwin yes 23/10/2012 (MLi) yes
46 Nicola Bowker yes 13/11/2012 (DH) yes
47 Craig Plaice yes 18/11/2012 (DH) yes
48 Björn Stein yes 21/08/2012 (DH) yes
49 Leigh Woosey yes 16/12/2012 (DH) yes
50 Adam Frogatt yes 06/01/2013 (DH) yes
51 Gazz yes 15/07/2013 (DH) yes
52 Ian Dickinson Yes 22/01/2013 (DH) Yes
53 Andy Collins Yes 04/02/2013 (DH) Yes
54 Sara Baker Yes 28/02/2013 (DH) Yes
55 Michel Flor-Henry Yes 02/03/2013 (DH) Yes
56 Eddie Podgorski Yes 07/03/2013 (DH) Yes
57 Daniel No No
58 Jared Allen Yes 14/08/2013 (DH) Yes
59 Chris Cain No TBD No
60 Trayen Coloma Yes 29/1/14 (ML) YES