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Laser Cutter Training Steps

In order to get access to the laser cutting room you must demonstrate that you posses the necessary skills to operate our machines safely. To evaluate this, you will be expected to attend a supervised cutting session where you will go through all the steps and actually cut a specified part.
Be prepared to answer questions about important rules. You will only get access to the room if the Lab Assistant believes you covered all the necessary steps and you turned in a correct part.


Step One - Watch

Basic Rules and Room Layout

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Laser Cutting Basics

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4 Easy Steps for Laser Cutting

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Step Two - Prepare

Before entering the laser cutting room, you first need a fully colored DWG file. To make sure that you posses the necessary CAD skills to create simple geometries we have a quick test.

Use SolidWorks to create a model for this shape. You must add a couple of other things to your part. Use Arial font with 20 point size to:

 1. Write your Full First Name centered on the top left-hand corner, 0.5'' away from the top edge and your Full Last Name in the bottom left-hand corner, 0.25'' from the bottom edge.  
 2. Write your PennCard Number centered on the top right-hand corner, 0.5'' away from the top edge. Centered underneath your PennCard Number, but your Penn Card Version. This is the two digit number following your ID number and should generally start with a '0'.  
 3. Write your PennCard Expiration Date centered on the bottom right-hand corner, 0.25'' away from the bottom edge.  
     Note: Expiration date is NOT the day that you will be attending the cutting session, or "today's" date...

Once you are done with your model, convert it into a 2D file.

Now, open your file in SolidWorks 2D editor and prepare it for cutting. If you are struggling with the 2D software, feel free to brush up on your DWG editing skills. Use the following color code:

  1. Set the outline of your shape to RED
  2. Set your name and PennCard info to YELLOW
  3. Create a GREEN hatch for the raster area in the middle

In the end, your DWG file should look like the attached image.


Good Luck!


Step Four - Cut

Having taken the quiz and with prepared file in hand, go to Towne 167 during designated RP Staff Hours

Staff reserves the right to turn you away at their discretion.
Including but not limited to unprepared, incorrect files, displaying lack of knowledge, or overcrowded.

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Step Five - Swipe Access

Upon Passing the quiz and successfully cutting the piece. It takes about ONE WEEK to add names to the swipe list, so you should plan accordingly.