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The RDC Makerspace has one laser machine.
Find out more about the Trotect Laser
A laser machine, also known as a laser engraver or a laser cutter, uses highly focused and amplified light to cut and/or etch a design onto material. The RDC Makerspace has a Speedy 100 Trotec laser machine that can cut or engrave (or both) on materials like wood, plastic, acrylic, fabrics, and other materials. The machine can be used for both two dimensional and three dimensional design which means you can engrave detailed graphics, cut intricate patterns and/or create 3D objects.
Laser engraving (or etching): The laser moves horizontally along the surface of the material you are using and etches (burns) the surface of the material creating a shape, graphic, or picture.
Laser cutting: The laser is used to burn (cut) all the way through the material.
If you are new to engraving and cutting and wish to learn the basics, start with Instructables. This software allows you to create a wide variety of graphics, convert your jpg images into an svg (scalable vector graphic) file, or download an existing design.
When you are ready to submit your design please ensure the file meets these specifications:
Submissions will generally be made on a first-come, first-served basis in the order they are received and approved. We endeavour to print the oldest item in the queue first; however, priority will be given to RDC students and RDC related projects in the following order:
You will be notified by email when item(s) are ready for pickup. Your pickup date depends on a number of factors, including your position in the queue. We cannot guarantee pickup dates so please submit jobs well in advance.
Items made in the laser machine:
Items not picked up after 3 days will become the property of RDC and may be discarded.
The service is offered to RDC students, faculty and staff as well as the Public. The public do need to register for a FREE Community Borrower card before they can use the service.
Laser engraving and cutting time varies depending on the size and complexity of your design. Most projects take 30 minutes or less.
After submitting your laser job to a Makerspace Technician your file needs to be assessed and added to the laser queue. There is a waiting period before your design is produced. Student assignments will take priority in the queue.
You will receive an email when your project is is available for pickup from the RDC Makerspace. The amount owing for the usage charge is included in the email.
Your pickup date depends on your position in the queue. We cannot guarantee pickup dates, so please submit jobs well in advance.
You will be notified by email when your item is ready for pickup. Any items not picked up within 3 days of the email notification will become the property of RDC and may be disposed of.
Sometimes designs fail due to technical issues with the design. Makerspace Technicians will strive to identify issues prior to cutting/engraving and may recommend revisions to your design. We cannot guarantee the success and quality of the object.
There is a usage fee applied to projects made with the laser machine. A minimum charge of 30 minutes applies. Projects related to RDC assignments are charged at the rate of $2.00 / 30 minutes (or portion thereof), while personal projects are charged at the rate of $4.00 / 30 minutes (or portion thereof).
Assignments take priority over personal jobs and are subject to verification with your RDC instructor. The usage fee is added to your library account and must be paid when you pick up your item.
|Project Purpose||Cost per 30 minutes (or portion thereof)|
Use of the RDC Makerspace and all equipment except the laser machine are free. There is a cost for consumables associated with some pieces of equipment. Payment may be made at the Library Desk on the main floor.
|Laser Machine Supplies|
|3 mm Baltic Birch or 5mm Wood||per 12"x24" sheet||
|3 mm Baltic Birch or 5 mm Wood||per 6"x12" sheet||$1.50
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