Intro to Laser Cutting
Time & Location
About the Event
In the first part of this virtual workshop, you will learn what laser cutting is, how it works, and look at the breadth of tools that are laser cutters. We will discuss different methods for approaching projects using the laser cutter, popular software and applications for designing for the laser cutter, and look at the basic setup of a 30-Watt Epilog Zing laser cutter.
In the second part of the workshop you will start designing your own vector file in Inkscape. Liz will be conducting the demonstration in Adobe Illustrator and Inkscape, however, if you have access to another vector software (GIMP, CorelDraw, etc.), that will also work. After the workshop, you will be able to send a finished vector file to Liz, who will run it for you on 1/8” plywood at Hatch Makerspace. Your finished project will then be mailed to you.
This workshop requires computer proficiency and access to a laptop or desktop computer.
You are encouraged to download the free open-source software Inkscape prior to the workshop. After downloading, please login at least once to make sure it opens properly.
About the Instructor
Liz Helfer Studios is located in Waltham, MA, where Liz creates sculptures by commission and for exhibition. Liz grew up in New Durham, NH, and has been active in the Lakes Region cultural scene. You can find her permanent public sculptures at the Pedvale Open-Air Art Museum in Latvia, in Palmyra, NY, and in Newton, MA. She is currently the Coordinator at Hatch Makerspace in Watertown, MA, where she teaches new technologies to the greater Boston community.