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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. See the Badging tab for more information.

Using the laser can be broken into four parts:

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

The different types of lasers available are slightly different in the settings they use and how they are set up. Additionally, while you will get the same results regardless of which software you use, the programs operate in significantly different ways. Please make sure to read the appropriate sections for the machine and software that you are using.