Laser Cutting / Engraving

Laser cutter/engraver is a computer-controlled cutting device that provides higher precision levels and edge quality than traditional cutting methods. It also enables us to cut or engrave a complex shapes and design into various materials.

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Location

Digital Makerspace, 4/F North Wing

Laser Cutter Information

Model GCC LaserPro Mercury III
Work area 635 x 458 mm
Maximum speed 42 IPS
Engraving capability 256-level greyscale
Service charge $20 per 15-minute
Material pricing
Size Dimensions Price
Acrylic (black/clear/white) 2mm
S 300 x 200mm $25
M 400 x 300mm $50
L 600 x 400mm $100
MDF 3mm
S 300 x 200mm $7
M 400 x 300mm $14
L 600 x 400mm $28
Plywood 3mm
S 300 x 200mm $20
M 400 x 300mm $40

 

Booking policy

Eligible users: PolyU students, faculty and staff.

Rules:

  • Laser cutter session will be closed one hour before the Library closing.
  • A session for non-authorized laser cutter users starting at 3:00 pm is available for booking from Monday to Friday (except public holidays).
  • Booking should be made 3 days in advance on iBooking.
     

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  • If your project runs exceeded your booked session, we will continue to let it run until completion or 10-min before the next appointment arrives whichever occurs first.
  • The reserved appointments will be forfeited automatically after 10-minute grace period.
  • Material sold by the Library should be used for laser cutting / engraving.

 

Default colour scheme

To save time on setting pen colour of print driver, you can download default pen colour scheme files below.

Format Size
.ai S M L
.eps S M L

 

Instructions

  • You can use vector editing software such as Adobe Illustrator and CorelDRAW to create artwork for laser cutting. Adobe Illustrator CS 6 are installed at i-Space for printing artwork to the laser cutter.
  • Please do not hesitate to ask questions and seek assistance from our staff at the Technical Support Desk. The laser cutter manual can be reached nearby the laser cutter.
  • You must well prepare your files in advance to ensure you can fully utilize your booked session.
  • Please follow the recommended file specifications for Adobe Illustrator below:
    Colour mode RGB
    Margins Leave at lease 5mm margins from all edges of the artboard
    Stroke weight for cut lines 0.1 pt
    Convert all text to outlines first.
    Include all linked files when you save your file.
    You can create multiple artboards in your file but the print driver can only handle one artboard per print job.
    Avoid duplicated paths stacking on each other or the same path will be cut multiple times.

Working on the laser cutter

  • You can refer to our material test boards and default print driver settings for reference result of laser cutting & engraving on different material.
  • Do not use the combination of 50% Speed and 50% Power for error checking.
  • Print driver setting of less than 380 DPI can only be used for engraving. It will result in error for cutting.
  • You must wear laser goggles for extra protection of your eyes.
  • While the laser cutter is operating, be aware of its status and you must not leave it unattended.