Loading a File onto the Laser Cutter

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

  1. Be sure you have the DXF file of your part on a USB drive.LaserCutComputerScreen
  2. Pick one of the laser cutters to use. You may need to turn on the monitor and wiggle the mouse to get the computer to wake up. If the screen says “admin Locked,” just hit return to login. (This will be replaced by shibboleth soon)
  3. Put your USB drive into one of the USB slots on the left side of the monitor.
  4. Open the LaserCut software
  5. File → Import (do not open) your DXF file into the laser cutter software.lasercut
  6. When the software opens, the view is of the entire laser bed. If your part is tiny, you probably have the wrong units in your DXF file. To make each unit an inch rather than a millimeter, select DrawSize from the menu bar. The conversion factor is 25.4 look at the power setting information on the wall and in the folder.
  7. Your part will cut more quickly with fewer errors if you join adjacent lines. Select Tools → Unite Lines. Accept all the defaults.scale
  8. You can use the Select, Zoom out, Zoom in, Pan, Zoom to Table, and Zoom to Part buttons to move around in the file.zoomtotable
  9. engravecutMake any necessary adjustments to the size and position of your file. The blue dot is where the laser will start to cut if you have the Immediate box checked.
  10. Set the power and speed of the laser for each color in your file.
  11. You can chose between etch and cut for each color. You can find power setting information on the wall hanger and in the three ring binder. You can also use the form below to computer the power and speed settings. The result will open in a popup window.
  12. In general, you want to do all the etching first, then cutouts (holes in your part), and finally the part outline. This minimizes the chances that your material will move before the cut is finished.
  13. Once you have everything set, click the Download button to move your file from the computer to the laser cutter. The computer will do some post processing. When it completes, your file has been loaded onto the laser cutter.
  14. Remember to do the Test step to be sure that the laser cuts the area of the material you intend.