- By now you should be pretty familiar with the laser cutting process.
- Your next steps are to:
- Place your material in the laser cutter.
- Turn the laser cutter on (with a teacher present)
- Set the origin and finish points.
- Frame your material to align it with the laser.
- Preview it to see how much time it will take to cut.
- You can find printed guides about how to do each of these steps next to the laser cutter.
BEFORE starting your cut, please go through the following checklist with your teacher present:
- Check the machine:
- Laser cutter and air assist and case are all On
- Laser cutter case is Closed
- Laser cutter window in LightBurn is showing Ready
- Check yourself:
- Protective eyeglasses are On
- Do you have to go to the washroom or anywhere else? Go now
- Check your software:
- Frame layer is turned Off
- Preview your project and note the Total Estimated Time
- Is there enough class time left to complete the cut?
- Check your material:
- Press the circular Frame button: (called the "Elastic Frame")
- The Elastic Frame tool will trace the outline of exactly where the machine will cut.
- Does the middle of the laser line up with where you plan to cut?
With all of these checks complete, and your teacher present, you are ready to press Start
You must remain present and alert during the whole cutting process. You can watch the laser cutter, but do not stare at the beam, even with glasses on.
Do not open the case while the laser cutter is active. Press Pause or Stop in LightBurn if there is an issue with the cut. If there is a fire or excessive smoke, press the Emergency Stop button.
Watch the progress bar and wait for your cutting to complete.
BEFORE opening the case, when the laser cutter is done let your teacher know and wait patiently. The teacher must be present before you open the case. Then, make sure you:
- Press the Home button to move the laser out of the way.
- Turn the laser cutter and air assist and case all Off
- Open the case and carefully retrieve your materials.
- Use a tissue to wipe any charcoal off the edges of your element, so it doesn't smudge.
- Remove any excess material or debris. Do not leave material in the laser cutter.