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REMEMBER To Reserve Time!

Various tools such as the Epilog laser, 3D Printers, and X-Carve CNC need to be reserved before using the tool. Click here for the MakerFX Tool Reservation System.


Laser Zone
Point Of Contact @JStutz on Slack or by e-mail at james_stutz@hotmail.com

General Policies for the Laser Zone

If you have a question / problem, etc. Please start by reading the manual (it is in the desk and linked on this page) or by posting in #mfx-laser in Slack. If you cannot resolve the issue, use the point of contact at the top of this page.

Minors can only operate the laser under MakerFX member adult supervision.

DO NOT cut unknown materials in the laser. Read below for a good list of materials that can be used safely in the laser.

DO NOT USE THE AUTOFOCUS FEATURE. It is known to crash the head on this model.

DO NOT hit Stop and then immediately reset, it will lock the laser and require a reboot.

Equipment

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How To

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Consumables

Safe Materials To Engrave

Many types of materials are safe to engrave with the laser. The list below are some of the common materials that can be used. If you are ever in doubt about a material, ASK before using:

  • Untreated woods
  • Paper and card stock
  • Untreated Leather (treated leather has the potential for producing toxic gases)
  • Glass
  • Ceramic
  • Granite
  • Acrylic
  • Polyurethane Film - Certain brands of Heat transfer "vinyl" or perhaps better called Heat Transfer Film (HTF) are polyurethane and can be cut on the laser, but you MUST be sure you are not cutting vinyl. See here for a list of materials manufactured by Polyurethane based Siser products that can be safely used in the laser.

Laser Cutter Materials - Great table of materials that can or cannot be cut in the laser from ATX Hackerspace.

DANGEROUS Materials

While there are many safe materials to use in the laser, there are some that are very dangerous. Many plastics and even some other materials that have been chemically treated have the potential of producing chlorine gas and other toxins when burned. These gases can be both very poisonous to those around the laser, but also very corrosive causing severe damage to the equipment. If you are unsure of a material, ask another member. It is best to be overcautious about the materials you choose. There are ways to identify materials, one of which is a burn test as described in this post called How to Identify Plastics Before Laser Cutting Them.

DO NOT CUT PVC

DO NOT CUT ANYTHING WITH VINYL

DO NOT CUT UNKNOWN PLASTICS OR FILMS

Other Useful Materials

The following are other useful materials to have on hand while using the laser:

  • Alcohol wipes or Isopropyl Alcohol - for cleaning off the discoloration after lasering. If you do a lot of laser jobs, please buy a tub of the isopropyl wipes (can get at CVS, etc.)
  • Masking tape - for preventing discoloration. We've used Blue tape before, but some say you shouldn't use it. If you can find facts on that - please link :)

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