Laser Cutters

Get Started Laser Cutting:

Obtain your Laser Permit

Required first step for all users.

Reserve the Universal Laser Cutter

*Maximum: 2 hours over a 1-week period

Reserve the Dremel mini Laser

*Maximum: 2 hours over a 1-week period

You may cancel your appointment easily by removing it from your calendar.

Permit Requirements are enforced with wiscard swipes or m-passes.

College of Engineering faculty and staff are not required to pay the materials fee though they must have a CoE permit.

Learning Modules (Optional!) Join the course in Canvas.

  • At your reservation time, check-in with staff to log into the laser cutter computer, and help you load the file and material. They will turn the light at the laser green for the duration of your reservation.
  • The user must monitor the cut until finished and press the pause or e-off if anything looks weird (large flames, etc.)
  • Let staff know when finished and staff will log out of the machine.
  • There is a desktop computer dedicated to prepping files for the Laser Cutter by the Dremel. No reservation required.

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Equipment Specs & Software



You will need a 2D vector file, which can have the following file types: .dxf, .ai, .pdf

These files can be generated from multiple software packages including:

  • 3D (CAD): Solidworks, Onshape, Fusion 360
  • 2D: Illustrator, Gravit, Inkscape

The Makerspace has a computer available for file prep – just look for the file prep station near the laser cutter. CAE login not required.

Universal Laser Approved/Unapproved Materials

If you have material that is not listed in the approved or unapproved list, stop in to talk with the Shop Manager. Do not attempt to use materials on laser cutter without Makerspace staff’s approval.

*This list is only for the Universal Laser.

Approved Laser Cutter Materials

Unapproved Laser Cutter Materials

Dremel Mini Approved/Unapproved Materials

Dremel Unapproved List

Dremel Approved List

Useful Links and Guides

Materials for the Laser Cutter for Sale at the Makerspace

Material Material Type Thickness Length & Width Cost
Hardboard (HDF) Wood 1/8 18 x 24 2.12
Hardboard (HDF) Wood 1/8 36 x 24 4.25
Hardboard (HDF) Wood 1/4 18 x 24 3.45
Hardboard (HDF) Wood 1/4 36 x 24 6.90
Veneered MDF Wood 1/4 18x24 3.90
Veneered MDF Wood 1/4 36x24 7.80
Plywood Wood 1/4 18 x 24 6.00
Plywood Wood 1/4 36 x 24 12.00
Foam Core 3/16 30 x 20 3.00
Acrylic - Black Plastic 1/8 18 x 24 10.75
Acrylic - White Plastic 1/8 18 x 24 10.75
Acrylic - Clear Plastic 1/8 18 x 24 10.75
Acrylic - Black Plastic 1/8 36 x 24 21.50
Acrylic - White Plastic 1/8 36 x 24 21.50
Acrylic - Clear Plastic 1/8 36 x 24 21.50
Acrylic - Black Plastic 1/4 18 x 24 20.00
Acrylic - White Plastic 1/4 18 x 24 20.00
Acrylic - Clear Plastic 1/4 18 x24 18.25
Acrylic - Black Plastic 1/4 36 x 24 40.00
Acrylic - White Plastic 1/4 36 x 24 40.00
Acrylic - Clear Plastic 1/4 36 x 24 36.50
Acetal Plastic 1/4 12 x 12 26.47
Acetal Plastic 1/4 24 x 24 105.90
Corrugated Cardboard 5/32 24 x 36 2.50

Laser Cutter Project Support

Aishwarya Deshpande

Credentials: Assistant Shop Manager

Yuvakshi Kalra

Credentials: Technical Staff

Corbin Neutgens

Corbin Neutgens

Credentials: Technical Staff

Ava Pezza

Credentials: Technical Staff

Brian Putra

Credentials: Technical Staff

Corinn Sievwright

Credentials: Technical Staff

Check-in during the hours below for questions pertaining to design consultation, materials, and best practices.

E-mail with questions.