Design Studio: Laser Cutter

Quick Start

About This Machine

Universal VLS4.60

This free-standing, single platform laser can cut a variety of materials to produce precise parts quickly to allow for rapid prototyping and design iterations.

How to Use

Want something laser cut?

Fill out the Laser Cutter request form and email your parts as PDFs to

Some things to consider:

  • Laser bed is 24” x 18”
  • Make sure all vector lines are hairline
  • Red is for full thickness cuts = (RGB 255,0,0)
  • Blue is for vector engraving (line) = (RGB 0,0,255)
  • Black is for raster (grayscale bitmap) engraving (fill) = (RGB 0,0,0)
    • Closer to true black is higher intensity burn
    • Closer to white is no burn
  • Be sure to SAVE file as a PDF

Converting from Solidworks to Drawing and submitting for Laser Cutting (click here for video)

  1. Make a Solidworks .SLDPRT file.
  2. Go to the toolbar and click “Make drawing from part”.
  3. Choose the 18” x 24” sheet for your sheet size because this is the size of the laser bed.
  4. Make the drawing of only the face that you want to be cut out.
  5. Edit the drawing scale ratio to a 1:1.
  6. Remove any hidden lines, center lines, or any other lines that you do not want to be cut
  7. Save the drawing file as a PDF file (Can be done in “save as” menu)
  8. Fill out the Laser Cutter request form and email your parts as PDFs to

A Design Studio TA will look over your request and will email you if your design is rejected for any reason and will list the reason for rejection.

Please note: It can take up to 5 days for requests to be filled based on TA availability and queue of requests for a laser cut part.

Need Additional Help?

Contact a Fab Lab TA for more information.

Zachary Conroy, Lead TA

TJ Kaifer, TA

Alex McCarthy, TA

Mike Naab, TA

Nikki Pilla, TA

Dylan Taylor, TA

Fab Lab TA Office Hours

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