Category:Laser Cutter

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Zone Information
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Zone Name Laser Cutter
Status Active
Zone Slogan PEW PEW PEW!!!!1!
Zone Coordinator(s) Mike FinkBryan Williams
Zone Slack #laserzone
Zone E-mail

Zone Color Yellow
Paypal Button Pay money to Laser Cutter


Welcome to the Laser zone! The zone contains 2 laser cutters, Wolverine and Cyclops. They are located on the west wall of the shop, you can't miss them!


See Wolverine Rules and Cyclops Rules for information on training for each machine.


Equipment Authorization Owner(s) Status
Wolverine PC No i3Detroit Running
Laser Cutter - Wolverine Yes Roger Slykhouse Running
Laser Rotary Chuck Attachment Yes i3Detroit Running
Laser Rotary Wheel Attachment Yes i3Detroit Running
Laser Zone Vent Fan No i3Detroit Running
Laser Power Meter Yes i3Detroit Running
Cyclops PC No i3Detroit Running
Laser Cutter - Cyclops Yes i3Detroit Running
Strip Heater No i3Detroit Running
Laser Cutter - Bumblebee Yes i3Detroit Down

Materials Storage

  • Grey Drawers under Cyclops' desk: Store small scraps intended for open use in the appropriately labeled drawer. These scraps may be culled from time to time.
  • Storage for larger sheet goods is in the Wood Shop A-frame and sheet goods racks.

Choosing Materials

See the individual laser cutter pages (Wolverine and Cyclops) for notes on allowed materials.

Using the laser cutters

See the individual laser cutter pages (Wolverine and Cyclops) for usage instructions.

Other References


Recurring Tasks

Task Name Description Frequency
Check chiller water levels Check water levels in chillers and refill with distilled water as needed (see the gauge on the back of the chiller) Potlock
Clean chiller dust filters Remove the chiller cases and clean out their dust filters Potlock
Cull scrap materials Sort scrap materials in grey drawers and under Bumblebee's desk into "Usable - keep as is", "Usable - needs trimming” and "Too small to keep.” Throw the latter in the dumpster, and for pieces that need trimming, cut unuseful sections off with the band saw. Sort pieces to be kept into their respective drawers or back under the desk. Guidelines: keep wood items larger than ~50in² and acrylics larger than 15in². Smaller colored acrylics may be kept too. Other materials, use your judgement or ask. Potlock
Thoroughly vacuum out debris Vacuum out all of the debris that accumulates in the back and sides of the cutting chamber, as well as all of the debris that has fallen below the laser bed. Potlock
Sweep underneath each laser Sweep out whatever debris has fallen on the floor underneath each laser. Some of this might be useful tools or other items that have gotten lost, so look things over before immediately tossing everything in the trash. Potlock
Clean dust filters on intake fans Remove and clean the small dust filter on the 120mm case fan on the left side of each laser. Monthly?
Clean optics and level the bed Please only attempt these if you've been trained to do them. As needed

Long Term

Task Name Description Priority Champion
Add proper limit switches to Bumblebee Currently, the laser only knows it's position in software, based on initial homing. If this glitches for some reason, which it can be prone to do, the gantry will crash, which is Bad. The functionality for proper "STOP when you reach this point" limit switches exists on the laser controller so this could be done with 4 limit switches and some wiring--some of which will have to run through the flexible wire bundle that moves with the gantry. 1

Equipment TODOs

Laser Cutter - Cyclops
  • Get a honeycomb that we can set on the cutting table.
  • Get a handle on the metal cutting mode.