Laser cutter/Inductions

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Induction on the laser Cutter/Engraver

A small team of people will be conducting induction sessions on the new laser cutter/engraver at Nottingham Hackspace. The instructors will be undertaking these sessions in their own spare time, so it cannot be guaranteed that someone will always be available. Pledge drive people will be taking priority.

Laser inductions 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 your instructor will talk you through a few techniques, to demonstrate the process whilst determining that you can safely operate the laser. Inductions cost £20.

Also see the LaserCut software; you can use the demo and Inkscape to create projects before you do an induction.

Induction Program

If you have a small project in mind we can use it as part of the induction but please check that the materials you have in mind are suitable for use in the laser - the wrong materials can cause noxious fumes that can permanently damage the mirrors or extraction system, or running the tube too hot drastically shortens it's lifespan. The induction is primarily to make sure that the laser is operated safely, to keep costs low. For example, a spare laser tube can cost in the region of £400 and a new set of mirrors £250 - the hackspace can't afford to be replacing these every month!

The induction will include:

  • Setting up and Switching on safely
  • Testing alignment of the laser
  • Introduction to the cutting software
  • Setting up your XY axis, placing your work piece and checking the draw frame
  • Engraving
  • Cutting
  • Suitable file types and how to convert them
  • Shutting down

For inductors: Induction Program

Laser Instructors

Please do not contact people on this list directly, instead add yourself to the wiki below and you will be contacted by Andrew Armstrong regarding a booking time. Pledge donators will take priority and have been sent the relevant information.

People who are authorised to give inductions:

  • Dominic Morrow - Monday to Friday evening (6PM - 12 middnight), Thursday (10AM - 12AM)
  • James Hayward - Evenings in advance (5:30PM onwards), Weekends (except Sunday lunchtime).
  • Jake Howe - First Monday of the month (12AM-8PM), other Monday of the month , 12AM-4PM Wednesday
  • Andrew Armstrong - Whatever I sort myself.
  • Matt Little - Flexible (daytime and evening okay), no weekends
  • Michelle Strickland - Thursday (7PM - 11PM)
  • James Fowkes - No Thursdays, no weekends. Monday is the best weekday.

Laser Induction Sign-Ups

This list has been cleared to allow for inductions (IND - when new to the laser) and Conversions (CON - when you've used the old red laser) to be arranged. Inductions on the original A4 (red) laser are NOT valid on the new laser cutter but experienced users can be converted (CON). Please indicate which session type you require.

This is the current schedule for laser cutting inductions. It is temporary until we get our booking system sorted.

Name Pledger Paid (only applicable to non-pledgers) Date of induction CON/IND Instructor Complete
Kate Bolin Yes NA TBA IND TBA No
Ben Millen No No Thursday 5th, 21:00 - 22:00 CON Michelle Strickland No
Iain Sharp No No Monday 9th, 18:00 - 19:00 CON James Fowkes No
Ben Crowe Yes No 27th May? IND TBA No
Ric Briney Yes No Monday 9th, 19:00 - 20:00 CON James Fowkes No
Declan Merry No No TBA IND TBA No
Matt Spandex Yes No TBA CON TBA No
Chris Cain Yes No TBA CON TBA No
Steve Barnett Yes No Thursday 5th June, 19:00 - 20:00 CON Michelle Strickland No
Mouse Yes No TBA CON TBA No
Matt Pritchard Yes No Friday 6th June, 18:00 - 19:00 CON Matt Little No
Ed Raisin Yes N/A TBA IND TBA No
Mark Cambridge No No TBA IND TBA No
Ian Dickinson Yes No Friday 6th June, 17:00 - 18:00 CON Matt Little No
Adam Cooper No Yes - recently had small laser induction TBA CON TBA No
Betty Ching Yes Yes TBA CON TBA No
John Crouchley Yes No Tuesday 10th, 20:00 - 21:00 IND Andrew Armstrong No
Ian Evans Yes No Thursday 12th, 19:00 - 20:00 IND Michelle Strickland No
Johnmichael Quinlan No No TBA IND TBA No
Andy Collins Yes No Thursday 5th June, 20:00 - 21:00 IND Michelle Strickland No
Jon Woodcock Yes No Wednesday 4th June, 13:00 - 14:00 IND Jake Howe Yes
Derek Stonall Yes No Wednesday 4th June, 15:00 - 16:00 IND Jake Howe No
David Hayward Yes No TBA CON TBA No
Gazz Richardson Yes No Thursday 5th June, 20:00 - 21:00 CON Michelle Strickland No
Lionel Goodwin Yes N/A Wednesday 4th June, 14:00 - 15:00 IND Jake Howe No
Gareth Howell Yes N/A TBA CON TBA No
Robert Hunt Yes No Tuesday 27th May, 19:00 - 20:00 CON Andrew Armstrong Yes
Matt Lloyd No No Monday 26th May CON Himself Yes
Martin Raynsford Yes No Already inducted CON Himself Yes
Kai Pays Yes No Monday 9th, 20:00 - 21:00 CON James Fowkes No
Eriw Preston Yes ¿ N/A ? TBA IND TBA No
Michael Metcalfe No No TBA IND TBA No
Andrew Manning Yes Yes Friday 6th, 19:00 - 20:00 IND Matt Little No
Marcus Evans No No Tuesday 10th, 19:00 - 20:00 IND Andrew Armstrong No
Michael Erskine Yes N/A 04/06/2014 CON James Hayward Yes
Toby Jackson Yes N/A 04/06/2014 IND James Hayward Yes
Jack Thorp No No TBA IND James Hayward No
Lee Garland Yes No TBA CON TBA No
Daniel Swann Yes N/A TBA IND TBA No
EXAMPLE NAME PLEDGED? PAID? TBA CON/IND TBA No