Laser Machines for Fablabs, Schools, Maker Spaces and Universities

​​Digital fabrication of 3D models, industrial design, prototypes, research and DIY projects

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Laser Cutting 3D Models, Prototyping, Industrial Design and DIY at FabLabs

Endless applications for the classroom

Laser systems bring many advantages to schools, universities and FabLabs and have revolutionised the classroom and offers new and exciting technology. An educational laser cutter allows students to discover new processes, create prototypes, utilise CAD/CAM programs, model making and bring their creations to life. An added bonus is that students learn skills from working with laser technology and equipment that can carry on beyond the classroom for endless career opportunities. 

Adding an educational laser engraving machine to your school or university will automatically make your programs more attractive to students and stand out from the crowd. The amazing and inspiring designs that laser technology offers are also ideal for product development in start-ups and small businesses not to mention highly sought-after in FabLabs.

Suitable materials for laser processing:

  • acrylic
  • film
  • wood
  • cardboard
  • plastic
  • MDF
  • paper
  • plastic
  • PMMA
  • polystyrene
  • foam
  • textiles and much more

In digital production many different materials are used, from cardboard, paper, MDF, wood to acrylic. But textiles, plastics, polystyrene or film can also be processed perfectly. In addition, it is not necessary to consider the diameter of the tool. Depending on the lens used, the laser beam is about 0.1 mm wide. Thus, almost any geometry can be cut using the laser.


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Application examples for laser cutting and engraving for FabLabs, universities and schools

As a flexible tool, lasers are suitable for test setups and prototypes. Drawings and designs can be sent directly from the CAD or graphics program to the laser. In FabLabs or schools, Trotec laser machines are used in model making, industrial design, prototype construction or also in many other DIY ideas.

Applications

  • Prototype construction
  • test setups
  • research projects
  • industrial design
  • digital production of 3D models
  • DIY projects
  • art projects
  • design projects

Industries:

  • Schools
  • universities
  • FabLabs
  • Maker Spaces
  • Laser physics

Why invest in a laser for laser cutting and laser engraving?

Do almost anything with the laser
Trotec is the only laser manufacturer to design an educational laser engraving and cutting machine. The laser cutter is THE tool in digital production. In addition to the variety of materials that are processed in FabLabs, universities or schools, even the finest geometries can be produced with the highest precision. Laser cutting and engraving gives users complete freedom in developing and implementing their ideas. Inspiring designs using laser cutting and laser engraving can be realised with a Trotec laser in just a few process steps.

Function and advantages of laser technology

One tool for all geometries

  • In comparison to milling, which requires a separate tool head for different materials, geometries and material thicknesses, the laser beam is a universal tool

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • The laser beam is the universal tool for all geometries and material thicknesses. Depending on the lens used, the laser beam is about 0.1 mm wide. Thus, almost any geometry can be cut using the laser.

Maximum flexibility in terms of material and application

  • The CO2 laser source is ideally suited for engraving and cutting plastics, wood, rubber, leather and many other materials. The fiber laser is the right tool for marking metals and plastic.

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Speedy flexx laser machines: CO2 and fiber laser source in one machine for endless application possibilities

Fine tool

  • Small fonts and finest details can be engraved

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • High-quality optics and best beam quality

Easy digital manufacturing

  • Designs are created in the usual graphics program and sent to the laser using a print command
  • Time-consuming programming as with CNC milling is not required

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • JobControl® laser software: JobHistory and JobTime Calculator facilitate advance planning and possible necessary billing afterwards.
  • Lock mode for laser parameters is adjustable so that predefined parameters can not be changed retrospectively. Thus, all users find the same initial situation at any time.

No tool wear

  • No wear of the laser beam due to material processing
  • No costs for new tools compared to milling

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • CeramiCore laser sources with particularly long service life

Contactless processing

  • No time-consuming fixation of material in contrast to milling
  • No distortion of the material

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Multi-functional table concept for easy handling
"Our Trotec Laser has significantly enhanced our ability to facilitate state of the art training to Signage apprentices. The Trotec team have extensive product knowledge & have effectively solved any issues we have encountered. We have been extremely happy with our purchase."
- Paul Richards - Head Teacher – Signage, Painting & Decorating at Sydney TAFE (Ultimo, Sydney)​ -
"Our Trotec Laser has significantly enhanced our ability to facilitate state of the art training to Signage apprentices. The Trotec team have extensive product knowledge & have effectively solved any issues we have encountered. We have been extremely happy with our purchase."
- ​Ken Wethered - WH&S and Maitenance Coordinator at Maitland Baptist Church -
"Our Trotec Laser has significantly enhanced our ability to facilitate state of the art training to Signage apprentices. The Trotec team have extensive product knowledge & have effectively solved any issues we have encountered. We have been extremely happy with our purchase.​"
- Russell Hamilton - graphic design teacher at the Gold Coast Institute of TAFE -

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Tips for laser cutting at universities and FabLabs

At universities or in schools and FabLabs, often many different operators work on the laser machine. Is that a problem?

Quite the opposite. The JobControl® laser software supports you with JobHistory and JobTime Calculator during advance planning and the possible necessary billing afterwards. In addition, a lock mode for laser parameters can be adjusted so that predefined parameters from the material database can not be changed retrospectively. Thus, all users find the same initial situation at any time.