Laser Cutters


Laser Cutters uses a high powered laser to make precision cuts in a wide variety of materials. The spot size of the laser is 0.005 inches. The laser cutter is available during normal business hours, and requires the supervision of a technician.

OEDK LASER CUTTERS MAY ONLY ONLY BE RESERVED AND USED BY OEDK USERS who are part of a design team or approved club. The laser cutters are available to be reserved during normal business hours or may be used on a first-come first-served basis when lab assistants are on duty.

For more information about each laser cutter's capability is below. For information on how to use the laser cutters go to our 
Equipment Training Modules.


OEDK Laser Cutter Reservation Calendar


For more information about each laser cutter's capability is below. For information on how to use the laser cutters go to our Equipment Training Modules.

EPILOG Fusion M2 40

The NEW Fusion M2 40! It’s the latest concept in laser system design, featuring:

– 40″ x 28″ working platform 
– The new standard for motion control design
– Better flame-polished edge cuts
– The highest engraving and cutting speeds
– Large viewing door with LED lighting
– Dual source (fiber and CO2) and camera options available.
– Designed, engineered and built in the USA!



BOSS LS-3650

The BOSS LS-3650 is a large enclosed laser cutter. It has a working platform of 48" x 36". With 170W, the LS-3650 is capable of improving demanding production environments.

The high power of the LS-3650 translates to faster and deeper cutting and engraving.


To use a laser cutter:

  1. review posted laser cutter training materials
  2. check the Laser Cutter Schedule for availability below
  3. fill out the Laser Cutter Request form. 

Scheduling and Training

To schedule a time to use the laser cutter, please review the reservations and fill out the form below. Please note: You will not be able to schedule time on a laser cutter until you have had training. IF you would like to  schedule training, contact Carlos Amaro, ca3@rice.edu, or Danny Blacker, dcb5@rice.edu. Cutting is done between the hours of 8:30am and 3:00pm. There are times when lab assistants are available, that you may use the laser cutter on a first come first served basis. You can expect at least one day of processing time prior to the commencement of cutting. The cutter is operated on a first come, first serve basis.

Format

The laser cutter uses Adobe Illustrator  files for cutting. The file should consist only of lines along which the laser cutter would cut or engrave. The file extension type should be .ai.  Vector files saved as .pdfs may also be used.

Materials

The laser can cut up to 1/2" thick material, and can also be used to engrave on the following materials: wood, paper, carboard, polyfilm, acrylic, leather, melamine. It CANNOT cut metal, glass or crystal. We have a limited availability of a variety of materials, including acrylic, balsa wood, and lucite that you can use.  If you are unsure whether your material can be cut, talk to Carlos Amaro.
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CUT ANYTHING WITH PVC.

Budget

The Laser Cutter costs $25.00 an hour, and it is billable in 15 minute increments. Laser Cutter time will be billed to your Team's budget.




Contact us

Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen - Rice University

6100 Main Street MS 390 | Houston, Texas | 77005

Phone: 713.348.OEDK

Email: oedk@rice.edu

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