Laser Cutting

Submitting a job for Laser Cutting.

Under normal circumstance, all User Operated DFab equipment requires the completion of an online assessment and practical demonstration to ensure users can confidently and safely operate equipment.

For now, all new users are required to complete the Online Only Laser Cutting Assessment. This will take you through laser basics and file preparation. Once complete you may submit laser jobs.

If you have previously completed laser training, go directly to 'Submit Job'

Online Only Laser Cutting Assessment


Suite of Laser Cutters

Risk
Medium

Location
Caulfield
Building G 1.17 - 1.18

Training Required
General Access
Laser Training

Job Submission
If you have not completed Laser Training previously or the Online Only Laser Cutting Assessment your submission will be disregarded.

Submit 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]

Sending a file to the Laser Cutter

  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

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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