Please also see our updated laser cutter page: Epilog Laser Cutter
We have a Epilog Fusion 32 60 watt
Lots of people worked on this (sorry this was before I was here so I don't know all the details).
- 32" x 20" cutting table
- 60w Co2 Laser
- Safety Interlocks
- Air assist
- and Awesome
Things we can and cannot cut using the laser (NEEDS UPDATE)
Things we can cut: 
- ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene)
- Acrylic (also known as Plexiglas, Lucite, PMMA)
- Polycarbonate (PC, Lexan) — Beware the fumes on this one, they can get pretty bad.
- Delrin (POM, acetal) — for a supplier, try www.mcmaster.com.
- Kapton tape (Polyimide)
- Mylar (polyester)
- PETG (polyethylene terephthalate glycol)
- Polyethylene (PE) — melts badly
- Polypropylene (PP) — melts somewhat
- Two-tone acrylic — top color different than core material, usually for custom instrumentation panels, signs, and plaques.
- Depron foam — often used for RC planes.
- Gator foam — foam core gets burned and eaten away compared to the top and bottom hard shell.
- Cloths (leather, suede, felt, hemp, cotton)
- Magnetic sheets
- Rubbers (neoprene) — for a supplier, try www.mcmaster.com.
- Teflon (PTFE, Polytetrafluoroethylene) — for a supplier, try www.mcmaster.com.
- Woods (MDF, balsa, birch, poplar, red oak, cherry, holly, etc.) — for a supplier, try www.midwestproducts.com.
Things we CANNOT/DO NOT cut:
- Any material containing chlorine
- PVC (Cintra) — contains chlorine
- Vinyl — contains chlorine
- Printed circuit board (FR4 and other material types)
- Carbon fiber
- Nylon — melts badly
Learning (NEEDS REWORK)
Laser Cutter Settings
The laser cutter has two settings that are mainly used: Power and Speed. These are determined by the type and thickness of material and the type and thickness of the desired cut. This is a table of suggestions based on what lab members have found by trial and error; so they may or may not work for you. If you have something new, go with what's most like what you're trying to cut and experiment from there.
There are a few things to remember when using the laser cutter:
- Never cut PVC. If you don't know what it is, do your best to research it or ask someone. Using PVC **WILL** Damage the laser cutter.
- The "Laser Test" button is ALWAYS live. Do not press it with the lid open.
- DO NOT go over 15mA on the current adjustment knob. This will kill the laser tube quickly.
- If anything seems out of place (strange noises, burn marks, laser is not cutting and power meter is moving, water or air is not running properly) STOP. Ask someone what to do.
Laser Settings Chart (NEEDS REWORK)
|Extruded Acrylic||3mm||10mA||30%||This is a test, change this to actual settings.|
- NoiseBridge Laser Info (Same FSE laser)
- NYC Resistor Laser Power Info (Different laser)
- Laser Cutter Kerf Measurement
- Custom shelving
- Acrylic chairs!
- Random professional looking constructions
- Wearable computing rig parts
- eyeglass frames
- laptop docks
- engraving ensignia onto phones and laptops
- super-custom made computer cases
- display cases
- any other random design pieces
Links to items cut on the FamiLAB Laser (post your stuff here!)
Per psytek of alphaonelabs:
Suzhou Xuhong Optics Technology Co., Ltd firstname.lastname@example.org they are about $30 a lens
|9/8/2015||Xomen||Full cleaning, alignment and setup after moving to new lab|
|10/17/2015||Xomen||Cleaned and put graphite powder on the drive shaft|
|5/10/2016||Xomen||Full cleaning (filter, lens, exhaust box, everything...), alignment, silicon lube on the drive shaft and bushings, blow out the filter|
|6/14/2016||Xomen||Minor Cleaning, alignment was pretty bad, realigned|
|11/09/2016||Xomen||Replaced Laser Tube, realigned|