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Laser Cutting

The OPS is equipped with three laser cutters. All of these will be employee-run and dedicated to cutting jobs submitted by students.

Cost of Services

Employee-run jobs are at a rate of $5 per half hour.

Laser Cut Template

Click here to download the laser cut template.  (right click, save linked file as...)

The above AutoCAD .dwg template is the only laser cutting file that is accepted and used by the OPS. It has the layers and line type calibrated properly for optimal cutting. The layers correspond to the cutting order and depth. Vectors to be scored should be kept on the red, green and yellow layers respectively. Vectors to be cut should be kept on the blue, magenta and cyan layers respectively. When cutting intense patterns or very close lines, make sure to distribute the cuts on different "cut line" color layers so that the laser jumps around and minimizes the chance of fire and damage to your job.

The template's size is adjusted to the size of the laser bed (32" x 18") and should remain untouched. It is advised that you keep vectors inside the dotted line to ensure they are not cropped and/or missed by the laser.
Please align your file to the top left-hand corner of the template whenever possible.

If you have multiple files to cut, simply copy the template on the same file. If there are different materials, simply label each copied template with the corresponding material type.

* Do not forget to run the 'overkill' command in AutoCAD to guarantee that any duplicate lines are eliminated.

Job Submission

Submit the completed Job Request Form with your materials and your file on a CD/DVD. Please label the disc to help us keep track of your submission. It is highly recommended that you submit extra materials to account for any errors that may occur.

Under "Special Instructions", please let us know if you would like the pieces taped or not taped. Understand that if the shop is out of tape, this request to tape may not be completed unless you submit your own tape. The shop only carries masking tape so if you would like a certain type (i.e. painter's tape), you must provide your own.

Payment & Pick Up

The OPS has a 24 hour turnaround time to complete submitted jobs. Please note that during midterms and finals, this turnaround time may be longer.

When your cut is complete, it will be posted to the Notification Spreadsheet. Please don not inquire about your job if you have not been emailed unless it has been longer than 24 hours since you submitted your job.

Before you arrive to pick up your job, ensure there is enough money in your account to cover the cost of the job. You will not receive your job until we have received payment. When you pick up your job, you must also take all your leftover materials and laser cut scraps.

Errors

An email will be sent to the student as soon as an error is discovered. Students MUST come to the shop to deal with problems. Problems cannot be dealt with via email or other form of communication, unless a phone call is made by the OPS employee to the student.

If there is an error due to the OPS, we will recut the file at no charge to the student. The job will be moved to the front of the queue.

If there is an error due to the student, the student will be charged for the cut and the recut if the job is resubmitted. The resubmitted job will be moved to the end of the queue.

You should be prepared to bring new materials to the shop (unless you submitted some with your job) as the shop does not have spare materials.

Important Material Information

ACRYLICS
Remove the brown, protective paper on ONE SIDE ONLY but leave the other side adhered to the material. The OPS only cuts casted acrylics (plexi glass) sold with brown paper covering as the other types with blue or clear protective film release toxic gases and cannot be cut. Plexis submitted without any covering will not be cut.

SIZING YOUR BOARDS
On the 5th floor of Avery in the hallway connecting the studios, there are two cutting tables, near which is a laser cutting material size guide. This is basically a 32" x 18" wood frame that can be laid on your material to show you the correct size your material should be. It has metal edges and can be used as a straightedge for cutting.

WARPED MATERIALS
Matte board, corrugated cardboard, chipboard and museum board, make sure the material is not excessively warped. Warped material is a fire hazard and will prevent the laser from cutting the material all the way through.

Approved Laser Cutting Materials

If you are unsure of whether a material can be cut, bring a sample of the material in question to Tito's office. Tito has the ultimate say as to whether or not a material can be cut.

MATERIAL THICKNESS
Acrylic 1/32", 1/16", 1/8" and 1/4"
Adhesive Vinyl  
Basswood  
Bristol  
Butter Board  
Cardboard  
Chipboard 1-, 2-, and 3-ply
Museum Board  
Mylar  
Poster Board  
Wood 1/32", 1/16", 1/8", and 1/4"

TRUSTED VENDORS:
Canal Plastics: http://www.canalplastics.com  212-925-1666
T&T Plastics: http://www.ttplasticland.com  212-925-6376
AIN Plastics: http://www.ainplastics.com  914-668-6800