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Dyson Centre for Engineering Design

 
laser-cutter-training

(Image above shows the two Laserscript laser cutters, with their filter and water cooler units. On the wall in the background is the range of materials available. On the surrounding benches, some of our 3D printers and the Roland CNC mini-milling machine.)


Training for Undergraduate Users

If you have not done the Dyson Centre Laser Cutter training before, then you need to study a set of PowerPoint slides first (this will take you around an hour) and also read through, digitally sign and return to us a Risk Assessment (download PowerPoint PPTX and Risk Assessment PDF - Raven logon required).

Please return the signed Risk Assessment to us on email at

Having done this, you need to be supervised for your first cutting session on the laser cutters, to ensure that you have correctly understood the training. Please email the above email address to arrange a suitable time with Dan Phillips to be supervised for your first session.


Paying for your laser cutting

Payment for materials used for laser cutting is done so via the EPOS system using the link below to access the payment page.

www.dysoncentre.eng.cam.ac.uk/pay

The laser cutter material charges are listed below in the 'Materials' section and are also displayed near the laser cutters, above the Ultimaker 3D printers.

Don't forget to fill out a charge sheet and write on 'EPOS payment' or we would not know you have already paid!

 

Non-Undergraduate Users

On some occasions, depending on Staff and machine availability, we are may be able to offer machine use to others (i.e. Staff and Researchers in the Engineering Department, though the priority remains our Undergraduate users), but this is by no means guaranteed! In a number of situations an additional usage charge of £43.50 per hour of cutting will apply.

Given the circa 3000 people who work and study in the Engineering Department and that we only have two laser cutting machines and two members of staff who work with these machines, we are not normally able to extend any offer of use to those from other Departments.

 

Materials

It is important to appreciate that only certain materials can be safely cut on the laser cutter. Safe in this sense means ones where the smoke and fumes can be safely handled by the laser cutter's filtering system. Cutting the wrong type of plastic can release dangerous and harmful gases, as such we control tightly what can be cut on our machines - and therefore we tend to only let you cut materials which we have supplied to you.

The Dyson Centre holds a stock of laser-safe plywood and MDF sheets in 3, 4 and 6mm, Bamboo sheet in 3mm and Rubber sheets in 2.3mm. We do not cut thicker materials than this due to a higher risk of fire.

 

The Dyson Centre's plastic supplier provides a wide variety includes a choice of glitter acrylic, tinted acrylic, mirror acrylic, frosted acrylic, florescent acrylic and also 24 different solid coloured acrylic, all available to order. Basic colours are kept in stock.

 

Price list below (all materials listed are plastics, apart from laser-safe "Plywood" and laser safe "MDF" wood.)

Please note: We aim to keep this pricing as current as possible, but due to where the wooden materials often come from, primarily Russia, the market is very unpredictable whilst supplier are sourcing alternatives and this gets reflected in the prices we buy materials in for.

Download this chart: (PDF) (PNG)

 

DRP39, October 2022

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