After he joined SIT in 2013, Professor Aoshima quickly expressed his desire to acquire a laser cutter. The reason for this was because, while not very common at Japanese universities, laser machines and related equipment were a large part of many overseas institutions. As such, working from within what was then called the School of Architectural Engineering, Professor Aoshima worked very hard to gain enough funding from their many affiliated research laboratories. After acquiring the necessary funding, the department purchased a small Trotec laser cutter, primarily meant to be used by students to create architectural models.
Then, as a result of using the laser cutter in the workshops that were being run for children, in 2017 a decision was made to make an additional purchase of a bigger laser, the Speedy 400. This later unit has been installed as a common piece of equipment at the SIT Research Laboratories. Thus, rather than being used just for the purpose of architectural research, the new unit has been situated to help develop a range of university-wide research topics involving subjects such as mechanical and electrical engineering.