Equipment/Laser Cutter/Training

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Equipment / Laser Cutter / Training

Laser Cutter Training

This page documents the process for being trained on the Laser Cutter, and the list of members who have completed that training.


Training takes place in three main steps:

  • Group Training of 1-4 members, going through the equipment and how to use it (~1hr)
  • Individual Training Task, where an individual member is set a task to complete to prove and improve understanding (~30min each)
  • Project Oversight, where more experienced users oversee the projects being undertaken when cutting (first 2-3 projects)

Training on the Laser Cutter is run by the Laser Cutter Owners. The Laser Cutter Owners are a group of people responsible for maintaining and training on the laser cutter, and hence have been trained to train, and trained to perform the weekly and monthly maintenance on the laser cutter.


Sessions are advertised on

  • For discussing training, or requesting additional slots if needed, use the mailing list thread: Training : Laser Cutter


  • You can only be trained if you have your name allocated to a slot (groups will be restricted to four at a time, so please don't make up additional spaces)
  • You must do the group and individual training on the same day

Trained Users

The following members of Makespace are owners of the laser cutter, so are trained to use and teach use of the Laser Cutter:

  • Simon Ford
  • David Barham
  • Nick Johnson
  • Toby Moncaster

The following members of Makespace are trained and qualified to use the Laser Cutter (note, they are not qualified to train others however):

  • Steve Upton (Simon Ford, 23/01/2013)
  • Martin de Selincourt (Simon Ford, 23/01/2013)
  • Oliver Jackson (Simon Ford, 23/01/2013)
  • Simon Stirley (Simon Ford, 01/02/2013)
  • Stephen Woolhead (Simon Ford, 01/02/2013)
  • Martin Levine (Simon Ford, 01/02/2013)
  • Uwe Borowski (Simon Ford, 01/02/2013)
  • Peter Sewell (Simon Ford, 03/02/2013)
  • Steve Loughran (Simon Ford, 03/02/2013)
  • ST John (Simon Ford, 03/02/2013)
  • Henry Gomersall (Simon Ford, 03/02/2013)
  • Brian Corteil (Simon Ford, 05/02/2013)
  • Wayne Keenan (Simon Ford, 05/02/2013)
  • Andrew Dunn (Simon Ford, 05/02/2013)
  • David Knell (Simon Ford, 05/02/2013)
  • Tom Oinn (David Barham, 12/02/2013)
  • Amir Chaudhry (David Barham, 12/02/2013)
  • Anil Madhavapeddy (David Barham, 12/02/2013)
  • Edward Imhagwe (David Barham, 12/02/2013)
  • Michael Dales (Simon Ford, 2/03/2013)
  • Laura James (Simon Ford, 2/03/2013)
  • Robert Copcutt (Simon Ford, 2/03/2013)
  • Phil Cowans (Simon Ford, 2/03/2013)
  • Errol McMullen (Simon Ford, 9/03/2013)
  • Gaye Soykok (Simon Ford, 19/03/2013)
  • Mark Williamson (Simon Ford, 19/03/2013)
  • Joe Tapply (Simon Ford, 19/03/2013)
  • Dan Ros (Simon Ford, 19/03/2013)
  • Paul Osborn (Simon Ford, 27/03/2013)
  • David Esteves (Simon Ford, 27/03/2013)
  • Zé Pinto Ferreira (Simon Ford, 27/03/2013)
  • Sharath (Simon Ford, 27/03/2013)
  • Andy Jude (Simon Ford, 5/04/2013)
  • Mark Mellors (Simon Ford, 5/04/2013)
  • Chris Abri (Simon Ford, 5/04/2013)
  • Tom Ingham (Simon Ford, 5/04/2013)
  • Adrian van den Heever (David Barham, 11/04/2013)
  • Chris Voth (David Barham, 11/04/2013)
  • Archie Reid (David Barham, 11/04/2013)
  • Rachel Rayns (David Barham, 11/04/2013)
  • Giovanni Orlando (David Barham, 15/04/2013)
  • Chunhe Yu (Nicholas Johnson, 04/04/2013)
  • Marko Cosic (Nicholas Johnson, 04/04/2013)
  • Mark Watson (Nicholas Johnson, 04/04/2013)
  • Andy Fisher (Nicholas Johnson, 02/05/2013)
  • David Bebb (Nicholas Johnson, 02/05/2013)
  • Simon Haydn (Nicholas Johnson, 02/05/2013)
  • Adrian Carr (Nicholas Johnson, 02/05/2013)
  • John Clamp (Nicholas Johnson, 10/05/2013)
  • Maciek Piatek (Nicholas Johnson, 10/05/2013)
  • Antonio Barragan (Nicholas Johnson, 10/05/2013)
  • John Sturdy (Nicholas Johnson, 10/05/2013)
  • Roeland Schumacher (Nicholas Johnson, 10/05/2013)
  • Mark Tillotson (Nicholas Johnson, 10/05/2013)
  • Ward Hills (Nicholas Johnson, 10/05/2013)
  • Anne Harrison (Nicholas Johnson, 17/05/2013)
  • William Morton (Nicholas Johnson, 17/05/2013)
  • Ali (Nicholas Johnson, 17/05/2013)
  • Rod Williams (Nicholas Johnson, 17/05/2013)
  • Toby Moncaster (Simon Ford, 30/5/2013)
  • Damien Guihen (David Barham, 08/06/2013)
  • Ben Evan (David Barham, 08/06/2013)
  • Jake Young (David Barham, 08/06/2013)
  • Shareef Jalloq (David Barham, 08/06/2013)
  • Renee Chow (David Barham, 08/06/2013)
  • Dan Tidhar, (David Barham, 24/6/2013)
  • Mat Cook, (David Barham, 24/6/2013)
  • Toby Roberts (David Barham, 24/6/2013)
  • Jonathan Austin (David Barham, 24/6/2013)
  • Stacy Smith (David Barham, 13/8/2013)
  • Matt Harvey (David Barham, 13/8/2013)
  • Marcin (David Barham, 13/8/2013)
  • James Waldmeyer (David Barham, 18/9/2013)
  • Chris Wilson (David Barham, 18/9/2013)
  • Kevin Maloney (David Barham, 18/9/2013)
  • Harry Braviner (David Barham, 18/9/2013)
  • Lee (David Barham, 18/9/2013)
  • Jon Aas (Toby Moncaster, 24/9/2013)
  • Armando Carlone (Toby Moncaster, 24/9/2013)
  • Eckart Jack (Toby Moncaster, 24/9/2013)
  • Pop Sharma (Toby Moncaster, 24/9/2013)

Training Cheatsheet

The training structure and prompt sheet. Please note, this is used by the Laser Cutter Owners as a prompt to ensure training is executed in a consistent and complete fashion is included on this page; this does not constitute and is not a substitute for the training itself.

Group Training

The group training introduction structure, suitable for 1-4 members at a time in a 1 hr session.

Introduction of main components

  • Laser
  • Cutting Mechanics
  • Water Cooler System
  • Filter
  • PC
  • Materials (what it can cut, supply)

Checks for everyone to do

  • Check in use, looks ok
  • Check water bath, temperature

Powering Up

  • Turning on filter (Tick = ok, Warning = tell the owners, Cross = don't use it and tell the owners)
  • Turning on Laser and warmup, what to do if doesn't power up
  • Turning on PC and starting software

LaserCut Project walkthrough (using M+S+text keyring example)

  • Package function, drawing, import file types
  • Bed dimensions
  • Paths, yellow dots, 'united' shapes
  • Blue dot, Immediate mode
  • Layers and colours
  • Through cut, surface cut and engraving, speeds and strengths
  • Various steps to build keyring design (shapes, text, uniting, layers, alignment, scaling, layers)
  • Job ordering
  • Saving
  • Download as immediate, delete, download current

Laser Operation

  • Lid
  • Control panel, escape
  • Moving head XY, indicator laser, datum
  • Moving Z
  • Focus
  • Start position and test
  • Start, pause and emergency stop function
  • Do job, pause/open lid, restart

Laser Hazards

  • Process and progression for normal operation failure (fire) - pause, open, move, CO2
  • Process for abnormal operation failure (mechanical/jam) - emergency stop, open, move, CO2
  • Ensure confident of process

Power Down

  • Switch off laser
  • Switch off filtration
  • Clean any residue from the bed or bottom tray
  • Close lid

Individual Training Task

The individual task to get familiar, prompt questions and check understanding:


  • Make a personalised focus tool
  • Square acrylic of appropriate size
  • Member's name, "Focus Tool", keychain hole
  • Should use full cut, surface cut, engrave
  • Should demonstrate all steps, size, appropriate ordering, positioning


  • Set individual to work, don't prompt but do answer questions (or pose if needed)
  • Talk through design once done, question/check things etc
  • Proceed to lasering (watch carefully all steps)
  • Ask to stop job/restart, question escalation process

Assuming all ok:

  • Get them to read the health and safety notes about operation and materials
  • Add to the trained member list!

Project Oversight

For next 2-3 projects, ensure member will find another more experienced trained user to support them (second pair of eyes)