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Laser Engraving and Cutting

A guide to PPLD's laser engravers/cutters

General Information

  • Using the lasers in our spaces requires a "badge." Becoming badged is easy; just attend a laser badging class at one of PPLD's three makerspaces. Find them on the calendar here.
  • There is no cost to use the machine.
  • Lasers are available by reservation at all makerspace locations. Reservations are for up to 1 hour per week, up to seven days in advance. Walk-ins are permitted - even if a reservation has already been used - however, usage of the machine cannot be guaranteed.
  • The person using the machine must match the registered name.
  • If a patrons doesn't show up within 15 minutes of their reservation, it is forfeited and the time is given to the next patron in line. 
  • If there is no reservation or walk-in after your designated time ends, time may be added incrementally in 30 minute blocks by staff.
  • Projects, including prep and cleanup, must be completed by the end of the reservation.
  • PPLD does not provide or sell materials to use in the laser. Certain locations may have a bin to take or leave scrap materials.
  • All materials must be approved by staff. Don't worry, we're friendly!
  • To use the makerspaces, you must sign and submit a completed Adult Makerspace User Agreement or Minor Makerspace User Agreement (links below). You can request one at any makerspace desk, or print one out and bring it to a makerspace staff member.