Laser cutting is essential to quick physical realization of designs and continue to be the most sought AFTER tool at woodbury. The Making complex has four medium format lasers with the capacity to process a large assortment of modeling and presentation materials.


PURPOSE

For students in the Arch. or I.Arch. programs, the lasers are used for the quick production of working models and the creation of physical presentations. The DFL-1 orientation provides instruction on how to use the machines but does not address the practice of translating 3D designs to flat material assemblies. We suggest seeking out and referring to packaging design, cut/scored folded paneling, and stacking and interlocking slices.

In the  Arch. or I.Arch. programs, etching (explained below) is of little to no use as it is of a more graphic producing operation but occasionally is useful.

HARDWARE

EPILOGUE 36EXT

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NAME: alpha / bravo

  • Los Angeles
  • 50 Watt Single CO2 Laser
  • Bed Size: 36" x 24"

UNIVERSAL 12

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NAME: CHARLIE

  • Los Angeles / San Diego
  • 75 Watt Single CO2 Laser
  • Bed Size: 48" x 24"

UNIVERSAL 9

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NAME: DELTA

  • Los Angeles
  • 75 Watt Single CO2 Laser
  • Bed Size: 36" x 24"

USE REQUIREMENT

  1. Completion of DFL-1 orientation.
  2. Proficiency in a 3D modeling software.

OPERATIONS

Laser Cutters are able to perform three types of operations. Sheet material can be CUT, SCORED or ETCHED.  The cutting or scoring operations fire the laser and move along a CAD vector drawing. In order to burn graphics into a material, an etching operation is performed.

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ALLOWABLE MATERIALS

CUTTING / scoring

Wood

  • Luan Ply (1/8"max)
  • Cork (1/8"max)
  • MDF (1/8"max) chars edge

Paper

  • Card Stock
  • Museum Board
  • Micro Board
  • Cardboard (no double ply)

Plastic

  • Acrylic/Plexiglass (1/4"max) at slow speeds
  • Delrin
  • Mylar (no gold coating)
  • Styrene (0.04"max)

Textile

  • Cloth
  • Felt
  • Hemp
  • Cotton

OTHER

  • Leather
  • Rubber
  • EVA Foam
  • Magnetic Sheet

etching

All the above materials can be etched.

OTHER

  • Glass
  • Ceramic Tiles
  • Anodized Aluminum
  • Marble, Granite, Soapstone, Plaster

PROHIBITED MATERIALS

There are many materials that are unsafe to attempt to laser. The list below outlines the most important materials to avoid and why. If a student is unsure if a material can be laser cut, they should consult a Making Complex staff member.

BANNED

  • PVC -makes Chlorine gas
  • ABS -makes Cyanide gas
  • HDPE -melts and becomes gooey
  • Polystyrene Foam -flammable
  • Polyurethane Foam -flammable
  • Epoxy -makes Cyanide gas
  • Fiberglass / Carbon Fiber -makes Cyanide gas
  • Food -machine internals are not sterile

GUIDES AND TEMPLATE FILES

The following links will allow you to download our machine use guides and template files to help you successfully prepare your files. There are two template files to work from, however we recommend Rhinoceros3D if you know how to use it. If not, the illustrator file will work just the same.

POLICY REMINDERS

All users must check in with a staff member before starting their work session.

MUST CHECK IN PRIOR TO CUTTING

Students are allowed to make appointments to a maximum time of 1 hour per day and 3 hours per week. This system is on the honor system so do not take advantage of your classmates.

MAX APPOINTMENTS:      1 HOUR/DAY      3 HOURS/WEEK

At the end of one's appointment, the machine must be stopped. The appointment schedule is not flexible so practice proper time management.

TRASH MUST BE REMOVED FROM MACHINE AND DISCARDED

Staff do not make cuts or clean up after students.

Proper machine setting for the user's operation must be tested before running their actual job.

STAFF ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR RECOMMENDING SETTINGS

Once the laser is cutting the user must stay with the machine and watch for a flame. If a flame is seen, report to a staff member.

USER MUST STAY WITH MACHINE UNTIL JOB IS COMPLETE

SERVICES

Orientations - The Making Complex offers machine specific training to it's users on the first six weekends of each semester. Continue to the Orientations page to learn about any prerequisites and instructions on how to sign up.

Technique Demonstrations - WSOA Faculty can request technique demonstrations for their students by email their facility's manager.