Laser Cutter Policies

Policies   Selecting materials    Generating a DXF file    Loading a file onto the laser cutter    Laser cutting a part   Power and Speed settings

To cut parts on the IDeATe laser cutters, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Have a Fire Safety Training Certificate from Environmental Health and Safety at CMU. You can sign up for Fire Extinguisher training on their web site: http://www.cmu.edu/ehs/training/
  2. Have taken an IDeATe class, or equivalent, that trains you on the Rabbit Laser Cutter
  3. Be affiliated with IDeATe as a student, staff, or faculty

If you meet all of the requirements above, you should be included automatically in the group permitted to use the laser cutter. If you are denied access and think you should have access, send email to help@ideate.cmu.edu explaining why you meet all the requirements listed above.

When you are using the IDeATe laser cutters, you must:

  1. Follow all safety procedures posted around the Fabrication Lab, on the laser cutter policies page, and the equipment safety page
  2. Know the location of all emergency equipment including fire extinguishers and emergency stop buttons
  3. Be sure that you are cutting an approved material
  4. Clean up after yourself
    • Clean off the laser cutter bed, but don’t try to lift the grid. If you need to get under the grid, get one of the IDeATe staff to help you.
    • Throw out small pieces of scrap in the appropriate bin.
    • Put scrap pieces that have uncut areas that are at least 3” x 3” into the appropriate (same color, same material) storage slot