Laser Cutting Taster

Courses will only run if we achieve the minimum numbers shown. So if you are available for more than one date, please let us know in an email and we can use this info to fill up the most popular dates.

This one-session Saturday morning class will introduce participants to medium-power laser cutting technology – how it works, the variety of materials that can be cut and/or engraved, relevant safety standards, how computer files can be prepared for cutting, sending a file to the laser-cutter and initiating the cutting and how much it all costs.

All the following dates are Saturdays:

  • Dates:
    • 24 March
    • 7 April
    • 28 April
    • 19 May
    • 23 June
    • 21 Jul
  • Course length: 9:00 - 12:00
  • Participants: min 4 max 6
  • Price: £35 (£31.50 for students)
  • Tutor: Kevin Karney
  • Level: Beginner
  • Campus: Llandaff Campus, B Block

Participants will choose from one of three template designs that they will modify to their requirements, cut/engrave and go home with something they are made themselves. - a plywood handy box - a (faux-)leather coin wallet - a plywood name-plate for (e.g.) a child’s bedroom or a house name These will be made on FabLab’s 40 watt & 60 watt CO2 Epilog lasercutters. (Materials will be provided.)

The aims of the course are: - to see what can be done with a modern technology like laser cutting. - to allow participants to make an informed decision whether to participate in the longer six-session “Building Laser Cutting Skills” course.

The session will include a very brief tour of all the other modern technologies available in FabLab. It will also provide options for accessing external laser-cutting services.

The course is open to adults of any ages/backgrounds and to children over 10-years old if accompanied by a supervising adult. Class size will be for a maximum of 8 participants.

Pre-requisites for the course – enthusiasm to make things and basic computer literacy (little more than mouse-and-keyboard experience)