Laser Cutter – Q – Overview

The School of Humanities, Creative Industries & Social Sciences has an Epilog Fusion Pro 48 laser cutter for student & staff use. Below is information on how to incorporate this piece of equipment into your projects. 


Location 

QG05Q BuildingThe Prototyping Lab


Access & Usage

To access the Laser Cutter, you must complete two inductions:

  1. The Level 1 General Induction
  2. The Level 2 City Makerspaces Induction

These inductions can be found embedded in your aligned Course Canvas site or via the Induction Catalogue:

This will enable you access to the Makerspace privilege set in the Booking System which includes the Laser Cutter. Then you can book the Laser Cutter with Technical Support and will be a part of the creative process to iterate your designs during production. 

Class Red Equipment
The Laser Cutter is Class Red Equipment


As the Laser Cutter is a Class Red piece of equipment, the physical operation of the printer is limited to Technical and inducted staff only

Level 3 Staff Inductions

If staff & research students become frequent users of the laser cutter, it is often in their best interest to be inducted into the full operational use of the machine. The level 3 induction involves a series of conversation-provoking questions surrounding the safe operation of the machine, general workflow, troubleshooting, and emergency procedures. Please discuss with the technical staff if you believe you are likely to become or are already a frequent user of the laser cutter and require this induction.


Booking & Submission Uploads

The laser cutter must be booked before use, follow the how-to guide to book:

How to Book the Laser Cutter

The Q Laser Cutter is found under Day View in the Equipment Booking System.

Once you have booked the Laser Cutter, upload your files here:


Payment

HCISS Staff & Students:
External e.g. I2N Members, Alumni & University Community:

Please note a $20.00 set-up fee applies to External Members.


Specifications

Model: Epilog Fusion Pro 48

Maximum size: 1219 x 914.4mm (48 x 36″)

Minimum size: 10 x 10mm

Power: 60W

Workable Materials:

Etching/Engraving (E) OnlyVector Cutting (VC) OnlyCombined
AcrylicFeltWood up to 6mm thick by 10 000N in hardness (E, VC)
Anodized AluminumWool FeltDenim (E, VC)
Painted BrassFoamcoreLaserable Plastics (E, VC)
GlassCore FluteLeather (E, VC)
MarblePaper <300gsmMat Board (E, VC)
MelamineMDF (E, VC)
Stainless Steel with CoatingPlywood (E, VC)
Rubber (E, VC)
Paper >300gsm (E, VC)
Laserable Materials

Resolution: 50 – 1200dpi (300-600dpi recommended)


Further Reading

Joinery – Laser cut edge creation web program

Boxes.py – Template boxes to start off your creations

Blender Paper Model – Information on exporting paper/flat templates of 3D models from 3D Creation Suite program Blender

Updated on January 17, 2023

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