We're talking to Francis Campbell, director at SparQ Labs at Queens University. See the amazing tools and equipment they use at their tech lab and how they use the Trotec Laser Engraver and Cutter for their projects.
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At FabLabs or schools, Trotec laser machines are used for model making, industrial design, prototyping or all kinds of DIY applications. The unbelievable and inspiring design possibilities that laser technology offers are also ideal for all kinds of art and design projects.
Many different materials are used for tinkering, making or rapid prototyping: Cardboard, paper, MDF, wood and acrylics might be the most common ones in use. But also textiles, synthetic materials, plastics, polystyrene, foils, films, and many more can be perfectly processed.
 Operating a Trotec laser system is as easy as operating a printer. Layouts for architectural models are printed directly from the design program, and the laser parameters are indicated. You can thus be certain that the laser will cut your model buildings quickly and reliably.
 Many different materials are used in architectural model making: textiles, wood, veneer, MDF, synthetic materials, plastics, PMMA, cardboard, paper, foam, polystyrene, foils and films, acrylic, and many more. These materials require different treatment by the laser in order to achieve optimum results. Trotec offers a wide range of useful tools for this purpose: vacuum table, pass-through, different lenses, gas kit, and many more.
 The JobControl laser software offers numerous tools that are useful in particular among many users of a Trotec laser: JobHistory and JobTimeCalculator make pre-production planning and also any subsequent invoicing that might be required easier. Furthermore, the Trotec JobControl includes a mode that ensures that pre-defined parameters cannot be changed retrospectively. Thus, the initial situation is always the same for all users.
 With laser technology, you can produce even the finest geometries with maximum precision. This gives you complete freedom when designing your models. And through first-class engraving of surface textures and façade structures, you can produce presentation and competition models of the highest quality and detail.
 Milling requires a different tool head for different materials, geometries and material strengths. The laser beam is the universal tool for all geometries and material strengths.
 Trotec lasers can be used for both cutting and engraving with maximum precision. High-quality axis drives and intelligent air flow of the Trotec lasers ensure that the results are always optimal. Engrave surface textures and façade structures and cut building models with maximum quality and detail.
Do almost anything with the laser
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 gives users complete freedom in developing and implementing their ideas. Using engravings and cuts, inspiring designs can be realized with a Trotec laser in just a few process steps.
"The design and creation phase is incredibly valuable and the ability to create products (for personal and business applications) provides an added incentive to the classes. Student numbers continue to climb and we have seen a substantial increase in the CTS credits that are being earned."- Scot Leys - Principal of High Level Public School -
"The Speedy 500 is the only laser machine that never fails in our prototype lab! I wish Trotec would make the other machines in my shop. Great customer service too. If I ever have had a question, Trotec has always answers it immediately."- Darrell Currington - RP Lab tech at Ontario College of Art and Design -
"We've got the Speedy 100, the laser machine is very helpful for quick prototyping especially in places where you will need say one piece of a prototype multiple times. It makes it really easy to quickly push out these pieces, the machine has been extremely helpful. "- Francis Campbell - SparQ Labs - Queens University -
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.