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Laser Cutting

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What laser cutters does the Library have?
The Epilog Zing 24 and Glowforge Basic.

 

What software programs and file formats are used?

The Epilog Zing 24 uses Adobe illustrator to send jobs to the laser cutter using a usb printer cable. The files that accepted end with .AI or .EPS

The Glowforge Basic uses a web browser to send jobs through the internet. File formats accepted are .pdf .jpeg .png for engraving, and .svg for cutting. 

For photo engraving, Adobe illustrator or GIMP can be used to prepare the photo. Click one of the guides below.

 
How much does it cost?

Laser Cutter/Engravers at the Library is currently free. Due to high demand, there's a 30 minute time limit for laser engraving on the Glowforge. A fee may be charged in the future to cover printing costs.

 

What is the work area for each laser cutter?

The Epilog Zing 24 has a work area (24" x12") that holds most standard engraving materials.  With the large 24" x 12" work space, you will be able to fit the most common size for engraving and cutting, with power settings of up to 60 watts, means you will be able to cut through thicker materials and engrave at higher speeds. 

The Glowforge Basic is a Class 1 laser product with an onboard camera for easy placement. It has a work area of 18 inches by 20 with maximum material thickness of 2 inches. The glowforge basic uses a CO2 glass laser tube with power settings of up to 40 watts, which means cutting through thicker materials might require additional passthroughs.

 
What materials can I engrave/cut?

Commonly used materials are 3mm Plywood, 3mm Cast Acrylic, Cardboard, and 3mm Cork. For complete list, select one of the links below.

Questions? Email yapj@smccd.edu