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Fab Lab Foundations 1: Introduction to the Laser and Vinyl Cutter

  • 8000


Learn how to use the laser cutter to cut or etch wood, plastics, papers or textiles. This class will cover the basics of using the laser cutter safely, techniques for working with different materials, and software tools for preparing work for the cutter. This is a hands-on workshop; bring a project if you like! We have an Epilog Mini 24 Laser Cutter. The work area is 24" x 12", and it can hold items up to 8" tall. We also have a cylindrical attachment that allows you to etch cylinders such as glassware.

In the first session, you will learn and get trained on the machine. In the second session, you will do a simple project to complete your training on the machine. 
After taking the workshop, you will have a solid understanding of what the machine can do and how to design a project. Students will be certified to use the Labs' laser cutter after completing this follow up session.

Prerequisites
While it's not mandatory, we strongly encourage students to have experience with vector design. If you have no experience and are not comfortable designing on a computer, we recommend taking on of our computer design workshops here:
Location and Parking
AS220 Labs is located at the Mercantile at 131 Washington Street Providence, Rhode Island on the 1st and 2nd floors. The shop's entrance is located at the back of the building on Lucie Way (Martha Street on GPS and computers); ring the bell by the double doors. There is 2 hour metered on-street parking available, bring your quarters. We are also located near a parking garage with entry on Washington Street, look for the big blue parking sign.

Important Class Policies 
Please be respectful of the short time you and the other participants have to learn, and arrive on time. If you are more than a half an hour late, we will not be able to teach you. Plan ahead, it always takes time to find on-street parking.
To cancel your reservation, you must email labs@as220.org at least two weeks in advance, or risk losing your payment.

Cancellation of Classes
If minimum number is not met in class enrollment, the teacher may opt to cancel class. If this is the case, we will give a full refund of class payment and first choice to enroll in future classes. We will attempt to give as much notice as possible.

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