LASER CUT LAB PROCEDURES
Machine time = 20/hr. USCard only.
Arrive on time and sign in with the Work Study. Lab located in HAR 215a.
Load file via USB or email. Open in Adobe Illustrator, Rhino, Autocad.
Line weight should be set to hairline thickness.
Check that colors are set to RGB.
Send file to print.
Choose the correct materials in Preferences.
Set the Z Height (Grey Lasers).
Open UCP software (Blue Lasers).
Do a small test cut.
Do not leave the laser cutter unattended (RISK OF FIRE).
Clean laser cutter and surrounding area.
Close files and remove USB.
Check out with Work Study and pay.
Prepare material, see material list & instructions.
Place object in DefaultCncFile.3dm at 0,0,0.
Max dimension of 4’ x 8’ x 5” height.
No vertical walls exceeding 1.5” on 3D milling.
For site models, no objects closer than .51”.
Draft angle of 5° is beneficial for milling, molds, and vacuum forming.
Place surface for 3d milling on “surfaces to mill” layer.
Place curves for contour cuts and pockets on “contour cut” layer.
Place points for drilling on “points” layer.
Create outline of the material in “material” layer.
Save .3dm file as FirstnameLastname_Class#_Ver#.
Submit file via email to email@example.com. Specify material.
Expect an email response and reply with approval of price. $25 / hour.
Pick up model in MBC 104 (wood shop). General turn around time of one week.
Delete all other objects.
Move object to 0,0,0.
Use Volume command to check if object is closed.
To close, use commands: Cap, Join, Patch, PlanarSRF or EdgeSRF.
Set a different back face color. Check for Reversed Normals.
Use ShowEdge command to ensure there are no naked edges.
Make sure file is in inches.
Check the model dimensions with the Distance command.
Maximum dimensions / ABS : 8” x 8” x 6” Powder : 15” x 10” x 8".
Minimum thickness / Powder : 0.06” ABS : 0.04”.
Export as .STL FirstnameLastname_Class#_Ver# (set mesh tolerance to .0001).
Open .stl file and double check that the file is ready for print.
Submit file in person or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org (Specify Powder or ABS).
Expect an email response. Reply with approval of price. $10 / cubic inch.
Pick up model in WAH B2 (basement). General turn around time of a week or less.