Download the laser cut template HERE
The above AutoCAD .dwg template can be used by students. 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.
Remove the brown, protective paper on ONE SIDE ONLY but leave the other side adhered to the material. Students can 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.
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.
|Acrylic||1/32", 1/16", 1/8" and 1/4"|
|Chipboard||1-, 2-, and 3-ply|
|Wood||1/32", 1/16", 1/8", and 1/4"|