All services will be under limited operations until further notice.
The laser will only be available for academic projects at this time. Patrons will not be allowed in the space to use the laser or during project processing. Staff can assist in file preparation and guide and approve project requests by email.
CPL Staff will be available for assistance with software and creative projects by email throughout the semester. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond to all questions with direct assistance or links to video aid within one business day if at all possible.
The cost for laser cutting is 15¢ per minute.
How Can I Use the Laser Cutter?
» Find a Material
The lab has some materials available for purchase. Contact lab staff for more information.
We cannot cut or etch Polycarbonate, PVC, vinyl, and metal. Learn more about material compatibility. Please note that our unit is a CO2 laser, and patrons should ignore any Fiber Laser listing for compatible materials.
We recommend that you only bring replaceable items to use with the laser cutter. Avoid bringing antiques, heirlooms or anything else of high monetary or sentimental value.
Depth of cut is up to 1/4"-depending on the material.
» Prepare Your Image
- Use a program like Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape.
- Set stroke marks to .001 in Illustrator or Hairline in Corel Draw to ensure proper cuts.
- Save your file as AI, SVG, EPS, PDF or another image file.
Questions? Contact lab staff and we can help you with your project.
Creative Production Lab services are not available for commissioned work and profit enterprises.