Laser Lab

Laser Cutting at the BAC

The BAC has two laser cutting devices both located on the fourth floor.

Universal Laser Systems VLS 6.6
The VLS 6.6 can accomodate sheet material up to a maximum of 18 inches by 32 inches with a thickness of up to 6 inches (for etching) and 1/2 inch for cutting (depending on the material).

Universal Laser Systems M20
The M20 can accomodate sheet material up to a maximum of 12 inches by 24 inches with a thickness of up to 4 inches (for etching) and 1/2 inch for cutting (depending on the material).

Using the Laser Cutters
Before using either last cutter, students are required to attend a Safety and Operation Orientation. The orientations are held every Saturday during the regular spring and fall semesters at 12 pm sharp. Students must also know how to draft and print from AutoCAD or Rhino.

Scheduling

Appointments are required to use the laser cutters.  Make appointments by either calling 617.585.0191 or visiting the help desk on the 4th floor. Appointments cannot be made by email. Please show up for appointments and finish on time. This is a heavily used, shared resource. 

Allowed Materials
It is important to use only approved matererials. The laser cutters can be safely used on most tree-based products: cardboard, chipboard, museum board, paper, thin wood, and wood veneer. Some plastics such as acrylic, pet-g, and styrene are allowed, but you must consult with an application support specialist before cutting any plastic. Inappropriate materials may result not only in poor results, but damaging fires and unhealthy toxic fumes. 

For a detailed overview of using the laser cutters, download the Laser Cutter Manual.