Laser Cutting

The MADA D-Fab Workshop has a suite of 7 epilog laser cutters. These machines are free to use and are accessible to all MADA staff and students, once all appropriate training has been completed (details below).

Laser cutting is a non-contact process where a high-powered laser travels along a computer-generated pathway to cut, etch and score flat materials. A concentrated laser beam is directed through a nozzle onto the cutting material and partial or total burning of the material occurs. The burnt material is then drawn away with extraction leaving a sharp edge or score behind.

The laser cutters are accessible for the full duration of workshop hours and are one of the most popular machines within the workshop. As this is the case, students are permitted 1 hour of cutting time each week and must always book their laser session through the online calendar - Skedda. This becomes especially important when the machines are in high demand during submission periods throughout the semester.

*If you are currently unable to attend campus due to a lockdown or are partaking in an online unit,  a service bureau is available.


Suite of Laser Cutters

Risk
Medium

Location
Caulfield
Building G 1.17 - 1.18

Training Required
General Access
Level 1: Laser Training

Job Submission*
Prior to job submission please ensure you have completed the Online Only : Laser Training

Submit A Job

Click the tabs below for more information.

The laser cutters must be booked whenever the machines are in operation. All bookings for UserOperated Equipment must be made using dFab's booing system Skedda

If you are unable to make a booking, this could be due to one of the following reasons...

Use the < and > buttons to cycle through to other lasers.


File Preparation

All laser cutting files are sent to the printer using illustrator. To ensure the desired outcome is achieved, it is important that files are set up correctly.

The below .Ai document contains a sample cut and general file preparation guidelines. It may be used as a template when laser cutting.

Sample Illustrator File [.Ai]

Max Sheet Size Max Thickness
Laser 1
800 x 500 mm 3 mm
Laser 2 800 x 500 mm 3 mm
Laser 3 1000 x 700 mm 3 mm
Laser 4 1000 x 700 mm 6 mm
Laser 5 1000 x 700 mm 6 mm
Laser 6 1000 x 700 mm 6 mm
Laser 7 1000 x 700 mm 6 mm

There is a specific list of materials that have been tested and approved to be cut, engraved and etched on the Epilog laser cutters. Please ensure you familiarise yourself with the below information

Suitable Prohibited Materials
  • Acrylic,
  • Acrylic - Mirrored,
  • Adhesive Veneer,
  • Balsa,
  • Bamboo Veneer,
  • Box-board,
  • Card-stock,
  • Cardboard,
  • Masonite,
  • Mat-board,
  • Paper Stock,
  • Pasteboard,
  • Plywood,
  • Polypropylene < 1mm
  • ABS
  • Acetate
  • Coated Carbon Fibre
  • Fibreglass
  • Foam Core
  • HDPE
  • Marine Plywood
  • MDF
  • Metal
  • Outdoor Grade Plywood
  • Poly-carbonate
  • Polystyrene
  • PVC

If your material is not listed on one of the above lists, please consult DFab Technical Staff before purchasing or cutting

*Material purchasing only available for online submissions.

Cardstock

  Sheet Size (l x w)Thickness $ / Sheet
Box Board 910 x 690 mm 2.35mm $5.00
Screen Board (A2) 594 x 420 mm 1 mm $3.50
Paper 650 x 500 m 0.3 mm $2.50

Plywood

  Sheet Size (l x w)Thickness $ / Sheet
Laser Ply 1000 x 700 mm 3 mm $14.00
Laser Ply 800 x 500 mm 3 mm $8.00
Laser Ply 700 x 400 mm 3 mm $6.00
Laser Ply 1000 x 700 mm 6 mm $25.00
Laser Ply 800 x 500 mm 6 mm $13.00
Laser Ply 700 x 400 mm 6 mm $9.50

Acrylic

Sheet Size (l x w)Thickness $ / Sheet
Acrylic 1000 x 700 mm 3 mm $28.00
Acrylic 800 x 500 mm 3 mm $14.00
Acrylic 700 x 400 mm 3 mm $11.00

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