Lasers in Maker Spaces & Educational Settings

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

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Learning with lasers - Prototyping, 3D Models, Industrial Design, and DIY at FabLabs

Endless Applications for the Classroom

Laser technology has revolutionized the classroom setting by allowing students to have interactive learning opportunities with advanced technology, enabling them to create prototypes, discover a new trade, and utilized CAM/CAD programs. Drama and Art students can bring their ideas and imagination to life by using a laser machine to create new innovations, sets and props, and more.

The addition of a laser engraving machine to an educational setting, such as a university or high school, will immediately enhance your existing programs and make them highly desirable to your students. A laser system for educational purposes offers hands on training that can open new doors into many exciting career fields. 

STEM Based Curriculum for Trotec Lasers

The Trotec Curriculum Package is a robust guide to assist professors with integrating a laser machine into their classroom and includes setup, support, and quality lesson plans. The educational content is targeted towards educating students on safe laser operation, development of technological design skills, and completing projects. All Trotec curriculum is STEM approved and allows students to get started with learning about the new laser the minute it arrives.

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Suitable materials for processing with a laser:

  • Acrylic
  • Cardboard
  • Film
  • Foam
  • MDF
  • Paper
  • Plastic
  • PMMA
  • Polystyrene
  • Textiles
  • Wood and much more

 

 


Impressions



Examples of common applications for laser cutting in universities, schools and FabLabs

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
  • Art projects
  • Design projects
  • Digital production of 3D models
  • DIY projects
  • Industrial design

Industries:

  • FabLabs
  • Laser physics
  • Makerspaces
  • Schools
  • Universities
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Benefits of purchasing a laser for laser engraving and cutting

Endless possibilities that allow you to do almost anything with the laser
A laser cutting machine is THE tool in digital production because of its versatile uses and wide range of compatible materials that can be processed in universities, schools and FabLabs. The intuitive software that comes included with your laser machine allows you to produce even the tiniest designs with extreme precision. Laser cutting offers users the complete freedom of creating and implementing ideas, and your inspirations can be produced with a Trotec laser machine in just a few simple steps.

Functions and advantages of laser technology

One tool for all geometries

  • Compared to traditional processing methods that require separate tools for various materials, such as milling machines, the laser beam acts as a universal tool for all materials of varying thicknesses and geometries.

  • The laser beam is typically around 0.1 mm wide depending on the lens being used, therefore, nearly all shapes and sizes can be laser cut by the laser machine.

Limitless possibilities for your materials and applications

  • Each laser source type will offer their own advantages and limitations with what types of materials can be processed. A CO2 laser source is best suited for cutting and engraving wood, plastics, leather, rubber and many additional materials. Alternatively, a fiber laser source is the right tool for engraving and marking plastic and metals.

Trotec laser advantages

  • Speedy flexx laser machines: both a CO2 and fiber laser source all in one machine to offer nearly limitless application possibilities

Fine tool

  • Even the tiniest fonts and fine details can be laser engraved

Trotec laser advantages

  • Superior-quality optics that offer the highest beam quality

Digital manufacturing made simple

  • Your designs are created using your normal graphics software and then easily sent to the laser machine by selecting a print command
  • This eliminates any time-consuming programming as required with other processing methods, such as CNC milling

Trotec laser advantages

  • JobControl® laser software: JobTime Calculator and JobHistory allow for advance scheduling as well as possible necessary billing afterwards.
  • Lock mode for laser parameters can easily be turned on or off so that preset laser parameters cannot be altered retrospectively, or be edited when needed. Therefore, all laser operators can locate the same initial situation whenever needed.

No wear and tear on critical components

  • No wearing of the laser beam as a result of material processing 
  • No additional costs for replacing tools unlike milling cutters

Trotec laser advantages

  • CeramiCore laser tubes with industry leading performance lifespan

Non-contact processing

  • No time-consuming and counterproductive efforts spent on adjusting materials compared to traditional milling cutters 
  • No material warping or distortion

Trotec laser advantages

  • Handling made easy with the multi-functional table concept
"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 FabLabs or in universities and schools, often multiple different operators will use the same laser machine. Does that present a problem?

Not at all, and quite the opposite actually! The intuitive laser software, JobControl®, supports you with the JobTime Calculator and JobHistory features during advanced scheduling and with the occasional billing afterwards. Additionally, the lock mode feature for your laser parameters can be adjusted on or off as needed, so that the predefined parameters in the material database can be easily edited or protected from being altered. Therefore, all laser operators can locate the same initial job whenever needed.