Do’s for using laser cutters at universities
✓ Offer regular training:
Make basic training for the laser cutter a prerequisite for use. Many errors can be easily avoided by thorough instruction on the laser machine. Alongside laser safety, the focus should be on working efficiently with the laser cutter. The functionality of the laser machine, the basics of laser software and a first engraved and cut laser workpiece can be part of this training. A “certificate of completion” motivates students to work with the laser cutter.
✓ Take advantage of the benefits of the laser software:
Various functions of the laser software ensure that your students use the laser safely. For example, the material database supplied with our laser software features cutting and engraving parameters recommended for all popular materials. You can restrict access to the material database for your students: It’s possible to disable the features allowing users to change, delete or rename laser parameters. This protects the user and the laser machine.
✓ Simply reserve and pay:
When can I, as a student, cut and engrave my designs on the laser cutter? How long can I use the laser machine? A reservation system can answer these questions. Scheduling laser use allows you to avoid "queuing” at the laser cutter, and minimise organisational efforts.
✓ On your marks, laser, go!
From our point of view, the decisive DO for all laser users: Once you get trained, jump in and get started! Don’t be afraid of the laser cutter! We offer a comprehensive training program for working with the laser machine. In addition, your students will find laser templates and Tips and Tricks on our website, which support learning by doing, and empower your students to quickly achieve initial success.
✓ There is one central contact person:
Trotec laser machines are low-maintenance. If a machine has many different users, a central contact person (i.e. “laser mentor”) is worth their weight in gold. Taking care of the functionality of the laser cutter, user support, error analysis and machine maintenance can fall into their area of responsibility.