Main Library · MakerSpace · Full Spectrum Laser Cutter and Engraver

The Basics

Burning, cutting, and etching on a variety of materials including wood, acrylic, and glass can all be accomplished using our popular laser engraver.

For engraving or etching, any type of printable file works. Power (depth) and speed settings can be adjusted to your tastes so you can engrave deep into a material or barely scratch the surface. Lighter woods work best for engraving as they provide a good contrast between original wood and burn. Pictures don’t work well on glass, but letters and logos are a great choice. A rotary tool is available for projects involving etching and engraving on objects such as bottles.

Features

  • Our laser cutter/engraver is a Full Spectrum P series 24x16 model. Maximum size of materials is 24" x 16" x 6½".

What You'll Need

Use of the laser cutter and engraver is free. If you bring your own material to cut or engrave you must provide a receipt or tag that states what the item is made of. Material approval is up to the discretion of the MakerSpace staff. It is highly recommended that you bring extra material for testing. We have acrylic and wood plaques available to purchase. A staff member is required to prepare the machine for you.

Approved materials include:

  • Most woods (unstained/unpainted)
  • Paper, cardstock, or crescentboard
  • Cardboard
  • Cork
  • Acrylic, Lucite, Plexiglas, or PMMA
  • Non chlorine-containing rubber
  • Glass
  • Stone, marble, granite, soapstone, or onyx
  • Ceramic tile

The MakerSpace will not engrave or cut:

  • Stained woods
  • Metals
  • MDF
  • Vinyl
  • Plastic
  • Polycarbonate/LEXAN
  • Foam
  • Fiberglass

Cost

  • Acrylic: $6.00 per sheet
  • Wood: $1.50 per sheet

Station Reservations

Reserve the laser cutter and engraver. Please note:

  • Customers are permitted one 60-minute session per day.
    • Extra time may be granted (at the discretion of staff) if no one is waiting.
  • If your project runs over your time limit, we will continue to let it run until completion or until the next appointment arrives and is ready to use the machine (whichever occurs first).
  • Projects will be stopped at closing.
  • There is a 10-minute grace period before reservations are automatically cancelled.
  • The computer will shut off and the printer will stop printing when a session expires.
  • Reservations can be made up to 6 weeks in advance.
  • Book ahead! The laser engraver is extremely popular. Typical wait times average 4-5 weeks.

Don’t have a reservation? Ask a staff member in the MakerSpace to add your name to the stand-by list. If an appointment is missed or extra time is available at the end of another customer’s session, you may be able to use the machine. The stand-by list is only available in person. You must be present if/when availability opens up.