Lasers in Maker Spaces & Educational Settings

Digital Fabrication of 3D Models, Prototyping, Indistrial Design and DIY

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Learning with lasers

Endless Applications for the Classroom

Lasers systems have revolutionized the classroom setting by offering hands-on learning opportunities with advanced technology. Technology students may discover a new trade, create prototypes, and utilize CAD/CAM programs. Meanwhile, Art and Drama students can take their imagination to the next level by using the laser to bring new and exciting ideas to life and new dimensions to the stage by creating their own sets and props.

Adding an educational laser engraving machine to your high school or university will automatically make your programs more attractive to students. It gives them the hands on skills for working with laser technology and equipment. This opens new doors and entrusts a greater advantage to students for many exciting career fields.

STEM Based Curriculum for Trotec Lasers

Trotec's Curriculum Package is designed to assist professors in getting started with a laser in their classroom. It includes set up, support, and quality lesson plans with direction in teaching students how to operate the machine safely, develop technological design skills, and complete projects. Trotec's curriculum is STEM approved, allowing students to start learning as soon as the laser arrives.


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Application examples for laser cutting for FabLabs, universities and schools

Due to their flexibility and ease-of-use, lasers are a great tool for test setups and prototypes. Drawings and designs can be sent directly from the CAD or graphics program to the laser. 

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
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What is the point of buying a laser for laser cutting and laser engraving?

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 for developing and implementing ideas. Using engravings and cuts, inspiring designs can be produced 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
"If you want the best watch in the world, get a Rolex - if you want the best laser, get a Trotec! We’ve tested many different laser cutters for our wood models and found the Trotec machines to be the most reliable and precise. If you want the best watch in the world, get a Rolex - if you want the best laser, get a Trotec! We’ve tested many different laser cutters for our wood models and found the Trotec machines to be the most reliable and precise."
- Julia Kaginskiy - New Museum​ -
"Our machine has been great. It has exceeded expectations across the board. - , Speedy 400 - - "
- Zak Starer - Moore College of Art & Design -
"As a teacher, I use the laser as a way to teach a different side of manufacturing. I have had my Trotec Speedy 100 for almost 2 years and I absolutely love it. I have been amazed at the things I have been able to engrave and cut. "
- Greg Smith - Davenport Schools -

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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.