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Laser Engraving and Cutting

A guide to PPLD's laser engravers/cutters


NOTE: This guide is not a substitution for the badging class. You must attend a badging class in order to be able to use the lasers.

Using the laser can be broken into four parts:

  1. Setting up the machine and material
  2. Laying out your designs on a computer - Adobe Illustrator is available at all locations, and CorelDRAW can be used at Library 21c and East Library
  3. Determining what settings to use
  4. Running the machine

Each laser is slightly different in the settings it uses and how it is set up. Additionally, while you will get the same results regardless of which software you use, how the programs run are significantly different. Please make sure to read the appropriate sections for the machine and software that you are using.